Reading books – NY Is Book Country Fri, 06 May 2022 21:58:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Reading books – NY Is Book Country 32 32 In Bolivia, prisoners can reduce their prison term by reading books Fri, 06 May 2022 21:58:19 +0000

Prisoners in Bolivia have been given a new way to reduce their prison time. They can gain freedom earlier by reading books.

The government program is called “the books behind bars”. It offers inmates a chance to get out of jail days or weeks before their release date. The program is inspired by a similar effort in Brazil. The goal is to improve reading ability. It is also about giving hope to inmates who face the slowness of the Bolivian judicial process.

The program has been launched in 47 prisons that have no money to pay for education or social assistance programs for inmates.

So far, 865 inmates are participating in the program. One of them is Jaqueline. She has already read eight books in one year and passed four reading tests.

“It’s really difficult for people like us who don’t have Income and who don’t have family outside,” said Jaqueline. “There are people here, for example, who are barely learning to read and write.

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Jaqueline and a fellow inmate read a book in prison where they have access to a small library as part of a program that aims to spread literacy and offer the possibility of leaving prison earlier, in La Paz, Bolivia, April 29, 2022. ( REUTERS/Claudia Morales)

Nadia Cruz is with Bolivia Mediator Office. She said the goal was to to encourage detainees awaiting the start of the trial.

The group Human Rights Watch says the country’s prisons and jails are overcrowded and unsanitary. Some detainees protested the lack of health care.

With these difficulties, learning to read can be like escaping prison walls, at least for the mind. This is the case of Mildred, detained in the women’s prison of Obrajes in the capital La Paz.

“When I read, I’m in touch with the whole universe,” Mildred said. “Walls and bars disappear.”

I am Ashley Thompson.

The Reuters news agency reported this story. Ashley Thompson adapted it for VOA Learning English.


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detained -not. a person detained in a prison or a psychiatric hospital

Income -not. money earned through work, investments or business

mediator -not. a person (such as a government official or employee) who investigates reported issues and tries to deal with issues fairly

to encourage -v. to make (someone) more determined, hopeful or sure of what they are doing

[#RapplerReads] Can reading adulthood books help you become an adult? Thu, 28 Apr 2022 06:10:04 +0000

I hope that is the case. Because otherwise, I have no idea how I’m going to become a real adult.

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When can we call ourselves real adults?

Legally, Filipinos reach the age of majority and become adults at eighteen. In practice, most Filipino parents start treating their children as adults when they graduate and start their careers. But as someone past the age of eighteen and already working for several years, I still don’t feel like a real adult.

I’m not the only one feeling this. Looking at other people’s feelings online or following the stories of my friends and former classmates, it seems that adult status is one we cannot fully grasp. Whenever I share these thoughts with people older than me, there’s one thing they always say: “But you’re still so young.”

Still so young

I’d bet that phrase is something most of us have heard at least once after talking about our woes as adults.

It’s universal enough that Kayleen Schaefer, in her book But you’re still so young: how 30-somethings are redefining adulthood, focuses on unpacking this charged phrase and developing the concept of adulthood in contemporary times.

The book is a compilation of different stories shared by thirtysomethings. Each chapter discusses one of the stages that sociologists have identified as the markers of adulthood: 1) finishing school, 2) leaving home, 3) getting married, 4) becoming financially independent, and 5) having a kid.

We are therefore redefining the milestones

While the book’s chapters revolve around markers of adulthood, it subverts them by showing how our generation has passed milestones.

The “Leaving Home” chapter is the one I found particularly relevant. Schaefer notes that the majority of people who shared their stories in the book returned home at some point in their 20s and 30s – a particularly striking behavior as the people in the book were mostly from the United States, where it is normal to move after high school. It’s something I did at the start of the pandemic, and I think most of my generation went through it as well.

“Beyond living with your parents beyond a certain age, generally anything that seems to delay adulthood is viewed negatively,” Schaefer wrote. Throughout the book, it becomes clear that it’s this idea of ​​breaking time constraints that makes us fear we’re not adult enough.

But we are already in the middle of all these delays. What are we doing?

And we share our stories

This is a personal answer to the question I just asked. I believe sharing stories is key. Much like what Schaefer has accomplished in his book, collecting stories from other people in their twenties and thirties seems like the answer to our concerns about not being adult enough.

When we listen to or read the stories of other people our age, our experiences become the new normal. These stories legitimize the changes we are going through due to new factors that previous generations did not have, such as the pandemic.

As mentioned earlier, many people of our generation have returned home. We get married later. If we don’t share our stories, many of us would continue to think that our experiences were cause for concern.

So, can reading adulthood books help you become an adult? I answer wholeheartedly “yes!” With the help of books written by people also trying to figure out who they are, I realized that reaching adulthood is no longer just about checking off the five markers older generations have identified.

Schaefer said it best: “Adulthood no longer has to follow a strict order. Nothing is required, but it also makes everything unfamiliar. It’s a good thing that we found each other to help us reach full adult status. –

If you’re looking for other books on growing up and being an adult, check out Welcome to the adult survival guide and I decided to live like me.

How to get back to reading books – Alana Brown, Newstead Wood School Wed, 20 Apr 2022 22:16:16 +0000 We all know the benefits of reading. From an early age, we were told that reading could expand our range of vocabulary; it helps us develop our critical thinking skills; it improves our concentration and countless other things. However, how many of us are actually active readers? According to the Ninth Annual Literacy Survey conducted by the National Literacy Trust in 2019, only 25.8% of children aged 9-18 read daily in their free time. This indicates that children and young people who read are a minority in the population, which is a great disappointment due to the vast benefits that can be gained from reading. However, there is a simple solution to this problem: book clubs.

An excuse for not reading may be that you are so busy that you just don’t have time to read. In elementary school, you might have consumed many books a week, but now you’re so busy with school and homework that there’s no way you’re reading daily. However, being in a book club pushes you to read the chosen book before the next meeting. Having a deadline each month encourages you to prioritize reading over other activities because you want to be able to participate in discussions.

Do you feel like you read the same kind of books all the time? Generally, in book clubs, each member will have the opportunity to choose the book for a certain month. This means that you will be exposed to genres outside of your comfort zone and to different authors, whose books you would never choose on your own. Not only does it broaden your outlook on the world, but you can also find your new favorite book.

Book clubs are not only a great way to get back to reading regularly, but they’re also a great way to make new friends when you meet people who share the same interests as you. A sense of community is created as you debate your opinions of the characters and dissect themes and plots in the story.

In a world where we read books less and less often, book clubs are a great way to encourage you to read regularly. Because of other members’ book choices, you’re encouraged to explore a host of new genres and authors, broadening your outlook on life. You meet and connect with new people and can bond around common interests by freely expressing your opinions and thoughts. So why not join a book club today or even start your own?

Indian parents would rather read books from their own childhood to children than choose new titles: survey Tue, 19 Apr 2022 13:45:48 +0000

Nearly two-thirds of parents in India, just like their global counterparts, would rather read their children books they enjoyed in their own childhood, rather than choosing newer titles, according to new research from Oxford University Press (OUP).

The research which was part of a national survey carried out following an OUP study which gathered the opinions of 4,000 parents in the UK, Australia, Hong Kong and China.

During the research, when asked what their favorite book or author to read to their child was, parents named classic stories from the Harry Potter series by Enid Blyton and JK Rowling. The Panchatantra fable series has also proven popular.

Research has also revealed the power of reading to help young people make sense of the world around them. Over 75% of parents surveyed in India see reading to their child as an opportunity to discuss difficult or sensitive topics with them and 85% look for books that teach their child about wider society or have a meaningful message in their heart.

In the global study, nearly four in 10 parents (37%) said they don’t know how to find the latest books, and almost half (47%) would rather read books to their child than look for something new.

It’s not just parents who prefer familiar books: six in 10 (56%) said their children preferred them to revisit the same books at story time, and half (48%) of those whose children read independently said their children preferred to read books for themselves, according to the survey. Parents interviewed in India expressed a similar sentiment. However, over 70% of these parents would rather read physical books to their children than audiobooks or websites.

Nigel Portwood, CEO of Oxford University Press, said: “We all recognize the importance of reading and the positive impact it can have on a child during key developmental years. It’s an opportunity to bond with family, while opening people’s eyes to new worlds and new ideas. It’s wonderful that family favorites continue to be loved and enjoyed by parents and children alike. However, reading is also a valuable tool for helping young people understand current and future societal issues. It is clear that more needs to be done to help parents access reading material at home, including helping them identify new titles that they can read alongside family favourites, to ensure that all children enjoy the benefits that reading has to offer.

Sumanta Datta, Managing Director of Oxford University Press India (OUPI), added, “Reading is considered an important life skill, which goes beyond improving a child’s vocabulary or grammar. Books serve as children’s window to the world, allowing them to explore and discover the nuances of society and culture. However, the gaps in expected reading levels have widened due to the pandemic. At OUP, we are committed through our products and book titles to helping parents, teachers and children overcome challenges and instill an inherent love for reading. We hope to encourage children as they embark on their journey to becoming lifelong readers and reaping its myriad benefits.

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Blinkist Review: The future of reading books…isn’t it reading books? – Doha News Sat, 16 Apr 2022 05:43:25 +0000

With the growing popularity of e-books, apps like Blinkist have made reading much easier, but could it come at a cost?

Over the past few years, e-books have become increasingly popular. Kindle devices and iBooks apps have helped catalyze the growth of the digital reading format. E-books are frequently compared to physical books, with some preferring the former for its convenience, and others the latter for its authentic experience.

With the introduction of audio books, e-books then took on a more digital format with the introduction of audio books. The format was popularized by Amazon’s Audible service, which offered audiobooks as part of a monthly subscription. The audio experience was appealing because it appealed to people’s inability to sit for long, uninterrupted periods to read a book.

The Blinkist app adapts even more to our decreasing attention span.

Blinkist summarizes books into short snippets that can be read in just minutes, saving hours of reading time. Users also have the ability to listen to summaries on the go, combining their benefits with audio playback.

This review will offer insight into how the app works and the pros and cons of reading through Blinkist.

How does Blinkist work?

Blinkist summarizes long books into short summaries. These are then divided into a few swipeable pages called Blinks. Essentially, each chapter is often summarized in a single Blink.

Human narrators provide audio playback, so listening to summaries through Blinkist is like an audiobook, although it can be done in much less time. While an audiobook can take hours to read, most flashes on the app can be listened to in around 15 minutes.

As a result, Blinkist promises to deliver “more knowledge in less time.” But is the request valid?

How effective is Blinkist?

In our experience with the app, the blinks capture enough information from a book, delivering value in just minutes.

As a result, you can get the book’s key messages without having to dive into the details. This allows you to read a few books at the same time as it would have taken you to read just one.

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Blinkist is also beneficial for people who want to read but haven’t found the time or haven’t got into the habit. Getting into the habit of reading 15 minutes a day is much easier than committing to an entire book in one sitting, which can sometimes feel daunting.

Another benefit of Blinkist is that readers don’t have to take notes as often with Blinks as they would with a regular book since the app provides a summary in the first place.

Even better, Blinkist seamlessly combines reading and listening, allowing readers (or listeners) to select the format that works best for them at any time.

All of these are combined with benefits already present in e-books, such as synchronized reading positions and notes, quick in-app search, and more.

What are its flaws?

Despite Blinkist’s benefits, it still faces criticism for not fully capturing the books’ message.

The blinks miss points expressed in a book that could not be included in the summary. If an author thought someone could squeeze the value of their book into a fraction of the original size, then they would have written a much shorter book in the first place.

Plus, these summaries cut right through the author’s personality, making every book sound the same.

It’s not just personality, however; The blinks are based on the interpretation of the app editors. Their point of view may be different from yours, and you may not capture the same key messages as if you had read the book directly.

On top of that, we often learn by repetition. The nature of Blinkist avoids this by only showing a summary of messages once. On the other hand, the books repeat the same key messages throughout the book, making it more likely that the information will stick with us.

How much does Blinkist cost?

Blinkist is free to download, allowing users to read a daily pick for free. However, to access Blinkist’s 4700+ books, you’ll need a Blinkist Premium subscription. It will cost $60 per year, or just over QAR 200.

Promo codes can be found online, often reducing the price by 20%. Blinkist is currently running a promotion to offer Premium at 40% off, which makes the subscription cost just under 150 QAR now.

Even at full price, Blinkist is a bargain. Most books are around $10-15, whether it’s a paperback, e-book, or audiobook. At $60, Blinkist is the price of 4 books per year.

Surprisingly enough, Blinkist doesn’t pay authors when someone reads their books. This controversial decision is explained on the Blinkist website:

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“Our Blinks are concise and compelling, but necessarily limited by their format. Think of them as a robust trailer for the books. The complete books offer more in-depth discussion, rich examples, references, and explanations that Blinks cannot fit. That’s why we’re giving customers an easy way to find, buy, and listen to the full audiobook on Blinkist. »

Essentially, Blinkist claims to provide authors with exposure, comparing their Blinks to movie trailers. However, the language used on the homepage is totally different: “Understanding books & podcasts in 15 minutes”.

Author Oren Jay voices his concerns on Twitter

As expected, authors are generally unhappy with Blinkist.

They feel their work is swindled due to loopholes, and some say seeing their work “summarized in a few words is humiliating.” Others have praised the platform for providing exposure for their books and making learning more accessible, with some authors even partnering with the service to promote their books on launch day.

So is Blinkist worth it?

The ability to read and listen to books in one subscription is great. The exchange between the two is seamless, allowing us to read the beginning of a book and then listen to the end.

Blinkist also offers full audiobooks at a discounted rate if you want to dive deeper into a book.

If you’re someone who already reads books frequently, you’re probably better off continuing to do so. However, if like many of us, you’ve tried reading books but just couldn’t commit, we recommend giving Blinkist a try.

You can start by reading the free daily pick. If you like the experience, you can start a free trial before paying for the service.

What do you think of Blinkist – and eBook summaries in general? Is a concise summary enough for you or do you prefer to read the whole book? Let us know in the comments.

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Bears, games and reading books at HPL | Libraries Thu, 14 Apr 2022 13:00:00 +0000

HAMPSTEAD —The Hampstead Public Library renovation of the Children’s Space takes place soon! The entire children’s area is closed from Monday April 25 to the end of May. This includes all book and DVD shelves, as well as the children’s program room. A limited number of picture books (e-books) and Early Reader books can be found in other areas on the first floor. Between April 11 and April 23, families can check out as many books and movies as they want, and the due date won’t be until May 31. Creature crates, games, STEM kits, microscopes, and other tools and toys will continue to be available. when closing the section.

All are welcome to a presentation on black bears at the Hampstead Public Library on Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. The presenter is Don Allen, a fish and wildlife steward with the NH Fish & Game Department. NH’s black bear population has returned after being greatly depleted in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. Now they can be found in every county in the state. Don Allen tells us all about these majestic creatures and answers your bear questions. Please register in advance via the events calendar on or call 603-329-6411. The next of the Library Teen game night is Wednesday, April 20 at 4 p.m. This event is open to all middle and high school students. There are a variety of games available, including board games, cards, role-playing games and the Wii. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own games from home.

The last Spring story time the session is Monday, April 18 at 10 a.m. Sing, move and read in the upstairs meeting room with Miss Jenn. There is a craft to take away for participants. Please note that we will be taking a break from story time after this session as we prepare to complete the renovation of the Children’s Zone and Program Room. Story time will return this summer.

For the next month, book clubs at Hampstead Public Library are focusing on titles related to the 2022 community reading theme: “Bitter Injustice, The Internment of Japanese Americans in World War II.” The Third Thursday Book Club’s discussion of “They treated us as enemies” is April 21 at 1 p.m. This memoir in the form of a graphic novel chronicles the childhood of actor/author/activist George Takei imprisoned in American concentration camps during World War II.

The Hampstead Public Library Nonfiction Book Club discusses “Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese-American Heroes of World War II” by Daniel James Brown on Tuesday, May 3 at 1 p.m. This book is about the patriotism and courage of the Japanese U.S. Army Special Unit who overcame brutal obstacles in Europe, while their families are incarcerated in camps back home .

The library also has discussions on “Hotel at the corner of bitter and sweet” by Jamie Ford on Monday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, May 19 at 1 p.m. Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and the Japanese American internment camps of the era, this novel tells the heartwarming story of the widower Henry Lee, his father and his first love Keiko Okabe. All readers are welcome to the discussions. Copies of these books are available at the library. Discover the effects of climate change on health through the NH Health Workers for Climate Action Wed., April 27 at 7 p.m. This is a virtual event. Please register in advance via the events calendar on to receive the Zoom link. Presenter Cynthia Nicholas has a background in conservation biology and currently works as a nurse care manager. She is passionate about finding ways to help mitigate the environmental and health impacts of climate change and contribute to more resilient, equitable and environmentally responsible communities.

Parents and guardians of preschoolers, have you tried the 1000 books before kindergarten program? The aims are to promote reading among newborns, infants and toddlers, and to encourage bonding through reading. Early reading is associated as an indicator of future academic success. The challenge is a manageable effort. Read any book with your child (multiple readings of the same book count each time) with the goal of reading 1,000 by kindergarten. You can now register online and track books through a computer or an app on a mobile device. Find information about If you prefer a paper tracking method, the library has 100-book sheets to mark progress. For 100 books read, a prize is won starting with a canvas satchel!

Please start reading books for what they are Thu, 07 Apr 2022 10:47:11 +0000

Are you bored because the romance you found at the library has a happy ending? Bored because you dove into a middle class from a favorite author and found the mystery was “too easy” for you, a mature adult? I have words for you.

I have a favorite fantasy author who graduated freshman year from college after years of adult novels. Fans raved about the new book, and some of them were a little too critical. The language was not as “rich” as they used to. The character has made poor or immature choices. The story was relatively simple, or the mystery predictable. The protagonist didn’t see that the villain was right in front of him the whole time.

None of these reviewers seemed to have the self-awareness to realize there was a simple solution to this: the book was written for a 5th and 6th grade audience, and they were reading it as adults.

When we choose a book with the intention of reviewing and reviewing it online, we should do so with an awareness of what the book is and what it tries to do, and then critique it appropriately. . We have to read books for what they are. Yes, to give the authors some grace. But even more so, because that’s what a good review does: it meets the book where it is, and then reviews it from there.

So when we pick up a mid-level book, we have to come to it knowing that it’s aimed at a younger audience. I’m not saying you should dismiss every problem or criticism you have. Young audiences deserve good complex stories, and the intermediate level can certainly appeal to adults. But I say you have to turn the first page of a book knowing what age group it is supposed appeal and criticize it appropriately.

I’m saying I’ve seen dozens of reviews criticizing the young adult protagonists for making “immature” or “overly emotional” decisions. Have you met any teenagers recently? Teenagers yell at their parents. They make mistakes. They push people away and say hurtful things and get caught up in the pain of cliques and change. When you’re an adult reading a teenage story, it can be easy to judge their reactions, but do you remember what it’s like to be a teenager? Let’s start opening YA novels with this knowledge front and center. Relax and remember that teenage protagonists are Go make decisions that you wouldn’t make as a adult who pays rent and is years away from his own embarrassing teenage drama.

I can easily extend that to gender as well. I’ve seen reviews where readers were annoyed that the romance was clearly going to end in a “happily ever after” from the first page. I’ve seen reviews where readers admit to having no patience for sci-fi, then give the book a star because they lost patience with the complicated world-building and gave up after a few chapters. It’s fine for you to dislike a genre, and to dislike a book of that genre. But to be thoughtful and fair readers, our critics must be informed by what the book East.

The genre can surprise and delight you! Not all fantasies will be spells and wands, and not all sci-fi will feel complicated, and not all romances will tie together with neat arcs at the end. But if you choose a romance that hates neat happy endings, maybe consider it not really about the author if you read the book and hate the neat happy ending. I ask you to foster a rich self-awareness when picking up a book and take a moment to consider perspective before criticizing a book for tropes or details it was always likely to have.

Remember that your reviews appear to all readers who view a book and impact ratings. When you spend time writing a book review, it should be informed about what that book is and what it intends to do, rather than misconceptions about what you might have wanted whether. Meet the book where it is and go from there.

So the next time you review a book that wasn’t aimed at your age group, or in a genre that you’ve never really clicked with, take a moment to consider whether your review is fair. Take a moment to make sure you meet him where he is.

Book Reading Culture in the Modern World: Top 5 Books Worth Reading Sat, 02 Apr 2022 18:35:56 +0000

Modern reading culture is the ability to work with books, highlight the main points of the text, and draw conclusions from reading. Reading level determines level of spiritual development and influences the culture of information literacy.

For some, a book is a beautiful, bright cover. For others, it’s just text with or without images. One pays attention to the title, the other to the author who wrote this book, and someone took it from the library just because you need to read it for the next lesson or prepare for an exam. The book has great artistic and spiritual value for many people, even with a shabby cover, but the gist is still in the middle. The main thing is its content.

Today, many older people say that the generation of the 21st century does not read, does not know how to think, does not know the classics and the Internet – in general, a great evil that has conquered the minds of mankind.

Nowadays, well-developed computer technologies, scientists and technologists are constantly improving their products. They make many efforts to interest children to start reading books from childhood. And to show modern youth the importance of reading books in the contemporary world. E-books can be purchased at any electronics store, and libraries now have computers and Internet access. But even today, young people read little, even compared to the previous generation of school children and students.

You can download an entire library to your phone, e-book, tablet, or laptop. And for people on the go, there are usually mp3 audiobooks that can be “played” even during a morning jog. But each person has an individual taste in books. However, there are some classics that most can agree with. These are not books designed for a particular age group or best-to-read books in popular categories. Readers love these stories because of the time they show, the values ​​they teach, the point of view, or just the beauty of the sentences. So there is the Top 5 books to read at least once in life:

The Things They Wore by Tim O’Brien

Tim O’Brien is an American writer, political scientist and journalist who entered the army to serve in Vietnam at age 20, from the student bench. The worst year of his life left endless wounds in his heart and soul. Later, when the vision of the horrors he saw began to fade, he wrote about this war. He wrote in the way that only he who faced fire, lost friends, was killed and saw what no one should ever see.

So it’s a storybook, where horrific circumstances inspire every essay, but people felt sincerity through all of those essays. And that’s why this book is so popular. But you don’t have to survive the war to become a successful writer. There are many examples of essays that can be inspiring. You can start with Essays “The Things They Carried” which will help you learn more about the plot of the book and then find something else that can help you write better. The main thing is to be honest in your stories.

“In Search of Lost Time”, Marcel Proust

This book follows the narrator’s childhood memories and adult life experience in late 19th and early 20th century aristocratic France while reflecting on the waste of time and lack of meaning for the world. The novel greatly influenced 20th century literature: some writers sought to imitate it, others parodied it. Today, Proust’s literary landmark ranks first in many best-books lists and is the most respected novel.

The Great Gatsby, Francis Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby is considered Fitzgerald’s most important work. It explores themes of decline, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval and excess, creating a portrait of the Roaring Twenties as a warning story of the American dream. This vivid depiction of American high society in the 1920s is one of the greatest novels of 20th century American literature. At the center of the plot is a love story with a detective and a tragic ending. The action takes place near New York, on the “golden coast” of Long Island, among the villas of the rich. Although Fitzgerald was not indifferent to the brilliance of the “new currency”, in his book he critically considered the concept of the “American dream”, highlighting the cult of material prosperity and the consumer society emerging.

1984, George Orwell

The events of the book take place in 1984 when people fell victim to eternal war, all-pervasive government surveillance, and propaganda. As literary, political and anti-utopian fiction, “One thousand nine hundred and eighty four” associated Orwell’s name and work names with fraud, surveillance and manipulation. Many of its terms and concepts. Such as “mental crime”, “room 101”, “television screen”, “2+2=5”, and “memory lapse”. They have been widely used since its publication in 1949 and from fiction to chilling reality: “Big Brother is watching you”.

“Midnight Children”, Salman Rushdie

It is the story of India’s transition from British colonialism to independence. Through the prism of the protagonist and his family, who are an allegory for the whole nation. Actions take place against the backdrop of real historical events. The main feature of the novel is the author’s masterful and virtuoso use of magical realism. It made it possible to visually demonstrate many cultural events. When published in 1981, Rushdie’s work received critical acclaim and won the Booker Prize. And today this novel is considered one of the most striking examples of postcolonial and postmodern literature.


All in all, books are an integral part of our lives. It doesn’t matter whether you read the newspaper, an e-book or listen to mp3s. Because everyone knows why reading is important, you expand your mind and yourself with each book you complete.

Spell It: Why People Stopped Reading Books During the Peak of the COVID-19 Pandemic Sat, 26 Mar 2022 04:31:44 +0000

If this happened to you, you were not alone. For people used to getting away with a favorite novel, the inability to read was a real loss.

According to a May 2020 report published on the American news site Vox, neuroscientists believe this happened because many of us lived in a state of constant anxiety, especially those who were affected or had seen family members affected by COVID-19. In the first year of the pandemic, the global prevalence of anxiety and depression increased by 25%, according to a scientific note published by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The reading, in the end, took more effort than we were willing to give it. The process of reading involves the frontal lobe of the brain, causing people to suspend reality for a while and engage the imagination in an interesting narrative. It’s different from watching TV, which is more stimulus-driven – reading is more interactive and requires you to participate by using your imagination.

But at the height of the pandemic, when uncertainty reigned and even the most innocuous things, like doorknobs or elevator buttons, became suspicious, people even tried to avoid socializing with others. At the time, no one knew when the pandemic would end, if they would catch the virus, or even what it was really about. Reading, then, no longer brought a sense of relief or certainty. Instead, it took the time our anxious brains needed to search for normalcy.

Another factor that played into the collapse of our book is that we just didn’t have the energy to pay attention to it. In the digital age, our attention span is a finite resource. According to a report by US-based digital media website Refinery29, investing emotional energy in reading was much harder than watching funny TikToks, re-watching TV shows, or simply scrolling through Twitter. The perceived energy, or cognitive load that we believe goes into reading, is far more important than easier options like scrolling through social media for a brief respite.

Additionally, the often self-imposed idea that we should read has added to the pressure we put on ourselves to focus. In the end, it was just easier not to lift a book.

Why I Started Reading Investigative Journalism Books Fri, 25 Mar 2022 10:40:16 +0000 This content contains affiliate links. When you purchase through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

I always thought non-fiction was boring. It didn’t help that the only non-fiction I read in school was trapped in the bowels of my textbooks. I read Anne Frank’s diary twice, even though it made me cry. But non-fiction doesn’t have to be boring or make you cry (well, sometimes it’s supposed to make you cry).

After graduating from college, I found myself wanting to be more connected to the world and decided to subscribe to various news outlets. (Looking back, I was basically becoming my dad.) The 2016 election was fast approaching, and I thought it was time to become more aware of the world around me, especially since there had had so much dialogue about “fake news,” which made me determined to do my own research. As I read more and more articles, I realized that the stories I really cared about were those written by investigative journalists. Opinion pieces and data analysis are interesting, but I found it hard at times to really engage with the material because I felt like I was being fed to the spoon of someone’s interpretation. I’m all about opinions and analysis, but something was missing. Maybe a deeper connection to the truth? Or maybe details that only an insider would know?

Investigative pieces not only gave me a compelling account of a significant event or even a seemingly mundane event with wider repercussions, but also helped me to respect the fact that what I was reading was time consuming and of sacrifices to write. I also noticed that investigative pieces prioritized presenting the facts as they happened rather than keeping a story with a personal or political agenda. As someone who works with subject matter experts for a living, I have nothing but the utmost respect for well-researched, well-written text that forces me to slow down.

Having grown up in an attention economy, where sensational articles about celebrity breakups or the latest trend from fruit cereal to TikTok feta pasta salmon rice bowl gaining traction have always caught my eye, I was struck by how much more these longer, more immersive pieces demanded of me as a reader. Suddenly, rather than expecting aesthetic content to be delivered to me quickly and efficiently, I was happy to slow down and critically examine the words in front of me.

I used to be a slow reader as a kid, mostly because my immigrant parents wouldn’t allow me to watch TV or “surf the net” during the school week, so I really had to deal with it. so that my reading life matters. As an adult with their own freedom, I wasn’t always interested in content that required me to sit and be on the same webpage for more than a few minutes because there was always something other more interesting to catch my attention.

Most content these days still seems to be pushing some sort of agenda. That’s fine, but it seems I now have a taste for well-researched content that showcases events as they happen. It’s easy to read a headline about something that just happened or watch a recap on TikTok and think you have all the relevant information. But investigative articles require readers to connect the dots on their own and even do their own research outside the lines of the article. That’s because investigative plays don’t exist for entertainment. I would say they don’t even exist for education. They exist to make you question – that’s why really good investigative articles take time to write. Some journalists spend months or even years gathering evidence before writing and publishing their stories.

Although I had been reading investigative articles for a few years, the one that really pushed me to the limit was none other than the story of Elizabeth Holmes, the young founder of blood testing startup Theranos, when John Carreyrou unveiled the story for the first time for The Wall Street Journal. My jaw dropped reading the story of Silicon Valley secrets and intrigue and how Elizabeth Holmes managed to trick some of the most powerful people in the land into funding her company based on a product that didn’t actually work. . I drank Silicon Valley’s Kool Aid early in my life, truly believing its beloved founders were brilliant people who had to “move fast and break things” in order to make the world a better place. But the reality is not so bright; someone has to pick up the broken pieces. Holmes was able to leverage the ethos of Silicon Valley and grow his company into a billion dollar unicorn. The question is, how did she do that? And will she make it?

When Bad blood was published in 2018, I had to read the book. It also didn’t help that ABC released their podcast. The stall in 2019 to follow the trial of Elizabeth Holmes. Bad blood It was the first time that I devoted my time to a book written by an investigative journalist, rather than just articles. It made me realize there was so much more going on than the headlines suggested. Although articles convey important information, there is an immersive element to a book that the format of a newspaper article cannot match. With the book, I have the whole chronology in my hands. What struck me was that Carreyrou rarely, if ever, was judgmental. It was interesting for me as a reader because almost every book I had read always had a point of view. That doesn’t mean that Bad blood didn’t have a point of view, but it was never explicitly shoved down my throat. Instead, Carreyrou followed the events that led to Theranos’ dissolution and how investors and employees were treated and even lied to.

Before reading investigative journalism, I probably would have just watched a documentary, but after reading Carreyrou’s careful reporting and subsequent interviews about how Holmes tried to intimidate him into not finding out the truth about his lies and cover-ups, I realized what investigative journalists were putting up with. to tell us these stories. While investigative journalists are people and certainly have their own biases, good journalists tell a true story as it happened based on evidence that has been meticulously gathered.

Other amazing books by investigative journalists and journalists in general include: She said: Breaking down the sexual harassment story that helped spark a movement by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, empire of pain by Patrick Radden Keefe, Caste: the origins of our discontent by Isabelle Wilkerson, Our Women in the Field: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World by Zahra Hankir Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Concealment by Rana Ayyub, and Behind the Eternal Beauties: Life, Death and Hope in an Underground City of Mumbai by Katherine Bou.

These books also relayed specific moments in history (past and modern) that required endless research and reporting. Although these books dive deep into specific situations, they convey background information about the culture and politics that brought these stories to life.

Journalists will often say that if someone says “it’s raining” and someone else says “it’s not raining”, it’s not up to them to report both sides, but to open a window and see if it rains. Reading books by investigative journalists gives me that much-needed dose of reality in a world that can’t decide the percentage of rainfall.