Can Parents Teach Their Kids to Love Reading Books?

March 11, 2018

Mother Reading to Child by Mary-Cassatt

According to this lovely account posted earlier this year to Literary Hub, it definitely happens.

Found via Facebook; the image is from a painting by Mary Cassatt



Booklover’s Dilemma #43: Forgetting What You’ve Read!

March 11, 2018

Books into Birds

This essay won’t fix the problem, but it might make you feel less crazy, if you’re a booklover who’s realized how much of what you’ve read you’ve totally forgotten.

Found at The Atlantic via Facebook

What Books (Supposedly) Smell Like

March 11, 2018

This perennial question (well, perennial for book-sniffing booklovers, anyway) has many answers, but here’s what one poll concluded.

Found at Bookstr

The Shock of Recognition…???

June 18, 2017

Stacks of books on table

Angela Liao explains what the Japanese term tsundoku means – and how to pronounce it.

She then offers several methods of dealing with it.

Several of these suggested “remedies” sound promising. Or you can skip them all and enjoy the solace offered by Liao’s final paragraph:

However, if the mere presence of the beautiful stacks can bring you joy and lift up your mood, then you have nothing to worry about. As British fiction writer Jeanette Winterson said, “Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it.”

Found at Bookstr

Things Bibliophiles are Wont to Do

January 24, 2017

BuzzFeed Books has posted to the Intertubes this delightful video of things every booklover will instantly recognize as What We Do As a Matter of Course. Enjoy!

Found via Bookaholics’ Facebook page

Where We Read

January 8, 2017


Over at Literary Hub, booklover Michele Filgate notes that no matter what we read, or when, or why, we always do our best reading in very specific places. Often even in very specific postures.

Filgate muses on the significance of where she does her own best reading. She also quotes several other booklovers on their own conclusions about this inescapable but underdiscussed matter.


Found at LitHub’s Facebook page

Reading Books May Lengthen Your Life

January 4, 2017

Elderly man with beard and hat reading in a park

According to a study published in September 2016, people who read books – not newspapers, not magazines, but books – lived for an average of almost two years longer than those who didn’t. The study involved over 3,000 retirees and was conducted by researchers at Yale University.

Found at The Week, December 10, 2016, page 26