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Library in the Sky and the 3BD

November 10, 2012 , , , , , ,

Library St Gallen

When I recently visited a friend in New York who uses the internet, but not social media, I explained to her why I am a fan of both. I told her that I always liked physically hanging out in libraries, and now there is no need to go anywhere to do so. During the 3 years that I have done research on my family tree ancestry.com has constantly improved, providing a never-ending adventure into history with more data than anyone can handle. I am in tribes with many fun food bloggers who replace my cookbook habit with exciting new ideas. It is easier to find a zillion recipes by Google than it is to hunt in a physical library. The first of November I began a library fast that will last for a year. At first I freaked out and felt very attached to the liberal use of my public library as a primary need in my life. After a while I heard my own words come back to me as I encouraged my friend to experiment …”Now the library is all around us.”

The three book diet is the most ingenious of diets proposed by Chris Brogan to all within the sound of his voice ( digital power sphere).  Such a clever little minx, he released a book and at the same time started a group dedicated to reading no more that three books all year.  The idea is to saturate oneself and reflect on the content of the books rather than speed read and move to the next conquest.  I already own all the books I have chosen, Chris’ Impact Equation having been zapped into the Kindle on the iPad the day it was released.  I also have How to think Like Leonardo da Vinci on the ibooks in the iPad.  The Sacred Contracts book came in the form of an audio CD, but I have since bought the hardback because it is useful for reference all the time.  On my long drive next week I will listen to the Sacred Contract book again, just to be immersed.  I think I shall also buy the Impact and Leonardo books on audio.  I believe that hearing things is a different form of learning than reading, and hits the mind in a different way each time.  I used to listen to the same Deepak Chopra book every time I worked out on the Pilates reformer.  I have portions memorized to the point that they will never leave my brain. The audio version of Impact Equation will be out in a few weeks, and I will buy it to back up the written one.

I have met a few other participants on the twitter feed #3bd, the most interesting of whom is actually a librarian.  I picture her in the middle of it all, and sticking to her diet.  I may plan to go to the library in St Gallen, or some other fabulous old library at the end of my restriction year. I once went to see the one in St Gall, but found it closed for restoration when I visited.  Who knows what kind of rebound this may cause.  It looks like I am collecting my own little library by owning every format of my three books to start.  This will be an interesting voyage. I can see the merits.

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I love having a library at my fingertips. I saw a quote on Twitter yesterday by an author I like, Edith Wharton. I copied the quote and pasted it in the Google search bar. I found out it was from Ethan Frome. I went to my Good Reads app and looked up the book. Below the synopsis were the words, “Read It.” I clicked on that and the book was downloaded instantly. I read it this morning. All on my cell phone from my bed. Best flu I ever had!

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MizMeliz

November 10, 2012

Really interesting idea…I have to say, tongue in cheek, that as an author, I hope folks read more than 3 books a year, lol, but I agree that one should take the time to reflect and internalize what’s been read as opposed to burning through the pages for the sake of burning through them :)

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Cindy

November 12, 2012

I just started a blogging tribe for the dieters..I know what you mean about books and more than 3…some peeps read none, though. For me, it highlights my heavy dependence on them instantly.

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November 12, 2012

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