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Compare Your Sleeping Habits to Famous Writers’ With This Infographic!

Some authors you think of and you imagine them drinking hard, staying up late, and listening to like jazz music or something. Maybe they have interesting parties with friends or something. What you probably don’t imagine is them waking up at the time your cool friends fall asleep.

 

The good folks at Brain Pickings put together a helpful infographic in which they break down the sleep habits of many famous writers. Some standouts include Honoré de Balzac who woke up at 1am. Haruki Murakami wakes up at 4am (and goes for long distance runs or swims every morning). Check out the full infographic below, and pick a copy up for yourself here.

 

 

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10 of Our Biggest Pet Peeves in Literature

Whenever you spend a lot of time doing something you love, you’re bound to come across a few things that just bother you. Vacationing, for instance, is wonderful. But you also have to wait on security at the airport. Not fun. Food is also great. But you have to pay for it. Not fun.

 

Reading, as we all can agree, is a wonderful pastime. But there are just some things in books that tick me off a little bit. Here are ten of those things.

 

1. When you spend a chapter watching somebody walk from point A to point B.

 

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2. When two characters fall in love just because one is a boy and one is a girl but they have nothing in common.

 

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3. When there’s a group of boys with one girl because there would realistically be at least two girls.

 

 

4. When the main character is an orphan just cause.

 

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5. When the plot advances a millimeter in fifteen pages because we’ve heard the speaker’s every thought.

 

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6. When there are no jokes and everything is just very grim.

 

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7. When the writer is being edgy and writes in the second person (Besides you, Italo Calvino in If on a winter’s night a traveler. You can do no wrong.)

 

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8. When there are jokes but they’re puns.

 

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9. When the speaker describes how they look.

 

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10. When the main character is attractive.

 

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The Music I Want You to Listen to While Reading

A lot of people I know absolutely reject the idea of listening to music while reading, citing total distraction as a consequence of doing so, but I find I get distracted if I’m NOT listening to music, especially if I’m attempting to read in public. I recently flew home for Christmas and then back to New York and here is some of the music that allowed me to focus entirely on the book I was reading (Tender by Belinda McKeon: very good indeed. S’up Belinda?) while remaining un-distracted by wailing infants. I want you to give these a shot, and tell me how you like them.

 

DIIV

 

I have long sought solace in DIIV’s atmospheric, dreamy shoegaze and both their first album Oshin and newer album Is The Is Are are absolutely beautiful, and relaxed enough not to distract. They provide lovely ambience for your reading experience. Here is one of my favorite tracks from Oshin.

 

 

Claude Debussy

 

Okay, not to seem very basic as I know “Claire de Lune” is the one piece of classical music everyone knows but it is that for a reason and it provides absolutely gorgeous background listening for a peaceful reading experience. 

 

 

Explosions in the Sky 

 

Explosions in the Sky are a bit of a throwback, but make wonderful reading music as they don’t use lyrics and rely totally on lengthy and haunting melodies. 

 

 

Beach Fossils 

 

I’ve been listening to Beach Fossils’ album Somersault a lot recently and Down the Line is my favorite song from it. The album also includes even more ambient and atmospheric tracks like “Tangerine.” Their chilled out vibes are just what a reader needs to get comfy and dive into a good book.

 

 

Arthur Russell 

 

If you have yet to discover Arthur Russell, you have a treat in store. While Soon-To-Be Innocent Fun is the track I’ve chosen to illustrate how moving yet chilled his music can be, other songs I would highly recommend include A Little Lost and This Is How We Walk on the Moon. His stuff is absolutely beautiful and I often listen to it while reading. 

 

 

Waxahatchee

 

I would recommend Waxahatchee’s entire discography, but especially her newest album Out in the Storm. It’s absolutely great, but the best song to read to is definitely 8 Ball, a gorgeous and relaxed tune that always soothes.

 

 

Patti Smith

 

While many would associate Patti primarily with loud guitars and powerful vocals, she also has a lot of ballads, odes, and softer songs in her back catalogue. This beautiful song featuring Jeff Buckley suits the reading mood perfectly. I would also recommend listening to anything of hers while reading her writing, especially Just Kids, one of the most beautiful books ever written. 

 

 

Snail Mail

 

Snail Mail (Lindsey Jordan) is only seventeen and is absolutely amazing. Despite the fact that her vocals have been compared to Courtney Love, who, though amazing, is not the most relaxing person to listen to, Snail Mail is pretty soothing. The only thing distracting about her music is that when you remember that she’s only seventeen, you get very upset with yourself for being so USELESS AND WHY HAVEN’T YOU WRITTEN WONDERFUL SONGS but these feelings pass, as they always do.

 

 

Real Estate 

 

I first came across Real Estate when they did an in-store at a record shop near where I worked a few years ago, and they have been chilling me the F out ever since. 

 

 

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Let 2018 Be the Year of Speed Reading With This Handy Tool

If you’re reading this, I am going to assume you like to read books. And with the New Year just beginning, don’t you want to achieve your goal of reading more? Yes, yes you do. The common problem: you don’t read fast enough. When I try to read fast I feel like I miss the bulk of it. Hey, it’s an issue for many of us, but where there’s a will, there’s a way my friends.

 

Salon’s article has given us the possible key to quick reading! With an Award Winning Speed Reading Bundle, you could turn that 2-books-a-month goal into more. What does this 7 Speed Reading EX 2017: Lifetime License bundle include, you ask?

 

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There are two courses included, with seven learning strategies, fifteen software activities, video training, and more. It says you’ll be able to read 3.471 times faster (I’m not great at math so don’t ask for my calculations on that) all while absorbing and fully comprehending what you read. Interesting right? There’s tutorials, guidance, and training to gain the skill of speed reading. Sync it to your computer, download documents, all that fancy stuff and more.

 

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The bundle is usually $498, but after a sale, then another sale… it’s $15. Not bad, check it out here. I’m not guaranteeing it will work; everyone’s cognitive and comprehensive abilities vary, but it sounds pretty damn cool right?

 

Will you become a speed reader this year?
 

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11 Ways to Ruin Your Reading Experience

We’re all trying to beat our reading record from last year, and the best way to do that is to adopt some good reading habits. Maybe you invest in a nice reading lamp. Maybe you just bumped up your supply of bookmarks. Maybe you’ve decided that if you don’t like a book it’s okay to stop reading it. All good habits.

 

It’s also probably worth thinking about bad things to do when reading. Sometimes you do the bad thing and so it can be prevented, but sometimes the bad things happens to you. At times like those, all I can do is give you some warning. Here are fifteen ways your reading experience may be ruined.

 

1. Eating food that gets on your fingers…and then pages.

 

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2. Home invasion.

 

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3. Your friend starts messaging you about this new underground electronica artist you need to listen to…right now, Chris.

 

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4. Someone gave the dog too much people food and she needs to go for a walk right now.

 

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5. One of the book’s speakers is really good, the other is not. This chapter is from the not-good one’s perspective.

 

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6. Sitting under the wrong kind of light and it hurts your eyeballs after too long.

 

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7. The author did something horrendous in real life.

 

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8. You have to pee, but are in a subway/car/closed environment and cannot pee.

 

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9. You’re falling asleep, but are promising yourself you’re not, and you just dozed off through five pages.

 

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10. You accidentally open up to the last chapter and start reading it and can’t stop.

 

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11. You have to leave in ten minutes, and you have six pages left in the chapter and you might not be able to finish the chapter in time so you’re rushing.

 

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12. There’s a baby nearby.

 

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13. Being drunk.

 

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14. You are reading laying down and you shouldn’t be reading like that because, guess what, now you’re sleeping.

 

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15. Sometimes the book is just bad.

 

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