Don’t read this. Read a book.

Via on May 28, 2011

Books don’t buzz with electricity. They rest, revealing hidden worlds when you open them. I like blogs. Obviously, having devoted myself to one for three years. But I published a magazine for six years before that. And this blog is more “eco-responsible.” By far. But. I’m sad that I don’t read books anymore. When I was a child I read a thousand books. I had rooms full of books. Now, I haven’t read a book for years. I’ve read bits of books, and yes maybe a book or two. But now I read blogs. And watch Netflix. And something is lurking in the corner of my mind and memory: I miss books.

So click the “x”. Close this. Put away your laptop or walk away from the glow of your desktop. Find a book you’d like to read, and start it. Comment below if you do so. Comment below if you finish it.

Don’t read blogs. Read books. Well, that’s extreme. But it’s also extreme to not read books, anymore. Perhaps I’m the only one, an extreme case. I do hope so. ~ ed.



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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13 Responses to “Don’t read this. Read a book.”

  1. SriDTMc says:

    yessir, my pleasure, no problem. got Robertson Davies sittin here next to me, just staring me down while I click away, teasing me with his paperbacked brilliance. but it's hard to tweetspin and turn pages at the same time. and i'm behind as always. can we invent more hours in the day? maybe that, plus some mdma to keep me awake, and i might actually get something done for once in my life. fun!

  2. Tozan says:

    Um… Does a Kindle Count?

  3. Aunty says:

    I'm reading a horrid book called The Literacy Coach's Survival Guide: Essential Questions and Practical Answers. Read 52 pages of it today. Am also listening to an audiobook: To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last, by Connie Willis. Reading on Kindle: My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse.

  4. elephantjournal says:

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    Layce Andrews In Defense Of Food By: Michael Pollan Just finishing!

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    Ellen Mefford The Help – GREAT STORY

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    Tonya Melendez The winner takes all by Paulo Coelho & Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss!

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    Colin S Tonks The Division of Labour in Society. — Durkheim

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    Johnnie Cop I just finished the Hunger Games series. Great story. Should be a great movie if they do it right.

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    A Cup Of Green last week just finished Life Force :)

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    Erin Alig-Dimalanta Today; parenting with love and logic :-)

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    Lyndsey Lee I just finished the Buddha and the Borderline. Excellent memior!

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    Anna Schantz Finished The Bucolic Plague last night. Starting The Book of Negroes tonight.

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    Glenda Myles The last couple: The Help, A Discovery of Witches and Torment.

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    Kim Davis I've got about 5 going right now…finished Sugar Queen last night.

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    Lisa Murray Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.

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    Erin Shriver Finished The Psychopath Test a few days ago… a true story about the madness industry.

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    Tanja Bungardt-Price just finished "Chime" by Franny Billingsley…beautiful book for those who love magic…

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    Sherry Osborne Since getting a Kindle I've read more books this month than I had in the past six months combined. I just finished The Zombie Survival Book and am now almost halfway through The Reading Promise which is fabulous. I also recently blasted through the Hunger Games trilogy and Divergent, all great dystopian thrillers.

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    Lori Bell I'm currently reading a biography of Abraham Lincoln. Just finished reading "The Gnosticon" by Adi Da Samraj.

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    Gayle Vettese The World Peace Diet. I'm already a vegan but this book is blowing my mind. I need to pause every bit and soak it in. Phenomenal!

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    Beth Van Ness The Immortal Life of Herietta Lacks….and I recommend it. If you can't afford to buy books, use your local library!

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    Thanh-Tam Candice Vu Currently reading The Masters of Mahamudra, a collection of tales of the 84 mahasiddhas of ancient India and such.

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    Bruno Antonio Ariganello ‎…as a man thinketh.: last week!

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    Adenia Linker Just finished Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting, by Myla andJon Kabat-Zinn. A few chapters in to Rethinking Popular Culture and Media, a collection from Rethinking Schools Magazine

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    Vanessa Morones Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, almost done

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    Judith V Barnes Re-reading David Meyer is a Mother and reading Micheal Moore's Stupid White Men.

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    Ling Zhi Still reading….but on a kindle..does that count? I figure it saves trees, and if I really love the book, I'll buy the hard copy.

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    CJ Vapenik got about 4 books on the burner… NOT counting what i have to read for school

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    Brad Harrigan The Lovely Bones, I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, The History of Salt, The Handmaids Tale. What should I read next week?

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    Sandi Strong The Evolution of Desire, Delivered From Distraction, and Awakening the Heros Within (I read it once a year).

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    Christopher Saxton Confession of a Buddhist Atheist……

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    Carly Rogers Today. Have 3 going – City of Fallen Angels, Chi Running & Born to Run.

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    Allyson DeSart Let it rot-compost compost compost!!!

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    Gwenviere Astrid Benjamin reading flying close to the sun: the life and times of a weatherman by cathy wilkinson, lap dancing for mommy by erika lopez, and i just finished a visit from the goon squad by jenny egan. may books stay books not kindles not nooks!

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    Nicole Trawick Reading Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jaime Ford. Great book.

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    Jennifer Thomas The four Immeasurables, B. Alan Wallace, the Painted Veil, Somerset Maugham,

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    Charlotte Noruzi Treasure Island (1 1/2 mos. ago). Persuasion (1 mo. ago)

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    Barbara Packard just finished Why Our Health Matters-Dr Andrew Weil–re-reading Excuses Begone-Dr Wayne Dyer & others depending on mood-The Animal Manifesto-Marc Bekoff, Safe Food-Marion Nestle, Is It Just Me, Or Is It Nuts Out There?-Whoopi, Food, Inc, & If You Ask Me-Betty White

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    MaryAnn Reynolds Limitless You, Effortless Wellbeing, Shaking Medicine.

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    Allyson DeSart Let it rot-compost compost compost!

  5. thatmelchick says:

    Just put down Poser: My Life in 23 Yoga Poses (five stars) and picked up Caveman Logic: The Persistence of Primitive Thinking in a Modern World (both on Kindle)… but I gotta read my daily ej. ;)

  6. Michael says:

    Reading Meditation for the Love of It by Sally Kempton. Sat outside in the sun earlier while ingesting the books beauty. Wonderful and recommended.

  7. Chelsea Roff Chelsea says:

    Closing my laptop now to go read Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. I too spent some time outside earlier reading beneath a tree, and now it's time to read myself to sleep. Thanks for the nudge. There's no technology on the face of the earth like a good book. :)

  8. Yogini5 says:

    I am reading "Sweat your Prayers" by Gabrielle Roth. It's about trance dance. I consider that form of dance physical and spiritual "cross training" … :-)

  9. Raine says:

    Yup… getting off the laptop now.. and heading towards 'Light on Life' by Iyengar
    xxx

  10. lindsey says:

    I JUST started A Game of Thrones… I too have been missing books; I’m convinced I needed a nice long break after majoring in English for my undergrad. But its been 6 years… so, time to read one! Plus my husband is on the fourth book of the series and cant stop raving about it.

  11. Candy says:

    I recently started reading books again. It's the only way I put my iPhone down or iPad and truly disconnect. Even when reading a book on my iPad on my 45 minute train ride into the city each morning, I find myself pulled away from my book to my work email or the internet. I just donated a box of books to my local library and plan to either pass any new books along to fellow commuters or the library for their semi annual book sale. Let them make some money and now you have a win win.

  12. Christina says:

    Unplugging to read Tropical Night Falling by Manuel Puig.

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