Tula “books are door-shaped”BY MARGARITA ENGLE
Books are door-shaped portalscarrying me across oceans and centuries,
helping me feel less alone.
But my mother believesthat girls who read too much
are unladylike and ugly,
so my father’s booksare locked in a clear glass cabinet.I gaze at enticing covers and mysterious titles,
but I am rarely permitted to touch the enchantment of words.
Poems. Stories. Plays.
All are forbidden.
Girls are not supposed to think,
but as soon as my eager mind begins to race,free thoughts rush into replace
the trapped ones.
I imagine distant times and faraway places.
Ghosts. Vampires. Ancient warriors.
fantasy moves into the tangled maze of lonely confusion.
Have you heard of bibliotherapy?
It's not a new concept. A therapeutic approach that uses literature to support good mental health. Medical professionals and psychologists have been prescribing books for their patients to read for a hundred years or more.
Storytelling, creative writing, and reading have long been recognized for their therapeutic potential. The use of literature as a healing method dates back to ancient Greece, when Grecian libraries were seen as sacred places with curative powers. King Ramses II of Egypt had a special chamber for his books, and above the door were the words “House of Healing for the Soul.” Sigmund Freud incorporated literature into his psychoanalysis at the end of the nineteenth century. Medical professionals and psychologists have been prescribing books for their patients to read for a hundred years or more. But it was more as an adjunct to other treatment rather than a treatment in itself.
Today, bibliotherapy is employed by educators, helping professionals, librarians, and even parents. Its versatility and adaptability make it an excellent supplement to self-improvement of all kinds. Reading has been shown to be able to help people understand the issues they are experiencing and offer hope for positive change.
Book a Session: https://www.theschooloflife.com/london/classroom/bibliotherapy/
Read more: https://www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/types/bibliotherapy
Reading slows your heart rate down. You can try to meditate or you can READ for 5 minutes. Same effect.
As recommended to us by our favorite librarian
Christina Karvounis @spdylibrarian MLIS, SLMSChristina spends her summers in Maine at the charming Hancock Point Library. We got a chance to visit her last summer and soak in the vibes!
NORMAL PEOPLE, Sally Rooney
First loves are the most complicated and yet, the least entangled.
THE OVERDUE LIFE OF AMY BYLER
Single mom takes a break in NYC - and must make the choice at the end of summer!
THE STATIONARY SHOP, Marjan Kamali
Love, loss and the connections that stay with us over time.
GRAVITY IS THE THING, release date July 23, 2019
Mystery around a disappearance with a journey to find the truth.
THE GREAT BELIEVERS
Aren't we all seeking our best and to be our best?
OTHER FAB STUFF RELATED TO BOOKS
We love to attend these readings with @zibbyowens from @momsdonthavetimetoreadbooks
At live events we get to meet the author and It's amazing insight into the author's inspiration and process. On the blog, we hear the interview with Zibby and it's a great way to find out if we truly want to invest in the book before we buy it!
Very interesting concept and story from The New York Times:
Read a Book, Get Out of Jail
What happens when convicted felons are sentenced to a book club instead of prison?
Did you know these exist all over?! There's one at my favorite garden Madoo.org
Amazing wallpaper at our favorite new bookstore in Sag Harbor @berryandcosagharbor
These are adorable! From Knot & Bow....
Also, how amazing is THIS store display on the Lower East Side of Manhattan!?
And this set of cookbooks we'd put on display in the kitchen.
Best wedding gift ever.
Our Favorite Children's Books Puzzle by White Mountain Puzzles
World's Cutest Pin