Happy New Year!
In past years we have had monthly themes to guide our reading and we are going to go back to that for this fabulous year of 2015. If you look to the right hand side bar you will see the list of Read Watch Play themes for 2015. These are themes which we share with all public libraries in NSW as well as some library services overseas – libraries in Singapore, the UK, Denmark, New Zealand and elsewhere in Australia. Read Watch Play has its own blog which you can follow here.
So how does this work? Each month we will be reading around a particular theme. As well as discussing what you are reading in book groups, at your local library and with friends and family, some readers will also be tweeting about their reading. You might like to join us at Read Watch Play on the last Tuesday of each month at 8pm. If you tweet about what you are reading tag your posts with the hashtag for the particular month and with #rwpchat so other people will see what you are reading and might start a conversation with you.
So we are starting 2015 off with the theme #wellread
For many of us, reading, watching a movie/television show or playing games are our number one choices when we want to relax. We need to unwind, to restore calm to our lives and we’re starting 2015 off with a month of reading, watching and playing to celebrate wellness.
There are so many things you can read that will further improve your health. Bookshops and libraries are bulging with books and magazines on healthy eating, whole of life wellness, exercise, sport, gardening for health and for finding a work/life balance. Declutter your life to feel better, keep a spotless house, be inspired by the stories of others and listen to relaxing music.
Books, films and games can be our therapy, but we can go online for other therapy, too. “A girl can never have too many handbags or pairs of shoes. There is also no such thing as too much stationery.” The Internet has transformed the way we shop. Retail therapy is now only a few clicks away; all of life’s essentials (books, groceries, perfume, shoes and more) are now as simple as “add to cart”. For the budget-conscious shopper you can fill your cart with wonderful treats and just never enter your credit card details. Your personalised list of needs (and a few wants) can just sit there, patiently awaiting review.
Do you strive to be well read? You might read some classics, such as Middlemarch, follow someone else’s list, or follow your own heart, exploring across the genres. You might settle for the well known – read the best sellers and follow trends.
Keep your brain healthy with games – train your brain, play Sudoku, develop new skills.
Studies prove that reading itself helps to reduce stress, and many of us have a happy place contained in a book or a movie. Most reading makes me feel well and happy, but sometimes, when I need to lift my spirits, a little bit of Jane Eyre is what the doctor ordered. Which books, movies and games restore you?
There will be a #wellread Twitter discussion on 27 January 2015 starting at 8pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings (Summer) Time. (9pm New Zealand Time, 6pm Singapore Standard Time, 12 noon Central European Summer Time, 9am – 11am; 2pm – 4pm; 6pm – 8pm BST). Note this is a staggered discussion. Use the tags #wellread and #rwpchat as you discuss #wellread reading, watching, playing so others can join in the conversation.