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Books that distract us

Hi everyone,

Recently I have noticed the types of books I typically like to read are impacting my sleep and my state of mind. I really like biographies or books about psychology /neuroscience/ behaviour. While I really find these interesting, I'm finding them to be too heavy to read, particularly at bed time.

I'm not usually into non-fiction and most seem to be intense too, so I set out to find a book where I could use my imgination to distract myself and have an interesting storyline, without being too heavy.

I decided to try Harry Potter books. OH MY GOODNESS - I'M IN LOVE! Not only have I not been able to put them down, but you feel like you're in another world. 

I have seen the movies before, and they were okay, but I never thought I would actually enjoy the books!

I'd love to hear of other suggestions, if anyone has found something worth sharing!?

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Hi @NikNik,

TTT is super into the Harry Potter books. Me, not so much. I ultra struggle to concentrate on reading ANYTHING which is super frustrating. When I was a kid, reading was very much my escape from the world and I would super like to be able to get back into the headspace to be able to use reading in that way. 

My favourite book right now is this one: 

Smiley Very Happy

I've noticed lately how many books are read aloud on youtube - cool way to get free audiobooks (assuming you have a good internet plan). 


If you liked it, check out my narration of the 'Gruffalo's Child': This is for my kids, so I can read them a bedtime story whenever I'm away. They think I do the best Gruffalo narration on the web ... but they would, wouldn't they. Let me know if you ...

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I used to read a lot of books but also find it a struggle ton concentrate on books lately. I would read the same page again and again without taking it in.

I love biographies and used to read them the most. Ones like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Nancy Wake. People who have changed the world for the better.

Have read all of Harry Potter too and loved them. There is a series called Gone by Michael Grant that is really good too.

I listen to audio books lately which I find easier. I hope one day I can get back to my books.


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@NikNik I agree with your findings, both what I read and what I watch on tv can affect my dreams.

Recently, it's been very hard to concentrate on the content of a story, but I still read every day. I'm an avid reader and used to read anything I could get my hands on. I have become more discerning as I 've aged because too much real life stuff too often affects me negatively.  

My latest enjoyments have included the forensic geneology titles by authors Steve Robinson, Nathan Dylan Goodwin and Stephen Molyneaux. 

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@NikNik and all I highly recommend the following for pre-bedtime reading. They are young adult fantasy and sci-fi. I reckon it's the best night time reading, not too taxing but really interesting. Although they may make you cry. 

In fact I recommend all young adult fiction as pre-bedtime reading. 

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula le Guin

The Giver, by Lois Lowry

Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson

Over sea, Under Stone, Susan Cooper

The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman

Obernewtyn, Isobelle Carmody

 Rite of Passage, Alexi Pansin

Enders Game, Orson Scott Card

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I'm currently reading some books about hiking and being in the bush because I miss it and I can dream about being on the trail......

Hikertrash, Erin Miller
Becoming Odessa, Jennifer Davis
My year without matches, Claire Dunn