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How to Do Nothing
How to Do Nothing | Jenny Odell
After the American presidental election of 2016, Jenny Odell felt so overstimunated and disoriented by information, misinformation, and the expressions of others, that reality itself seemed to slip away. How To Do Nothing is her action plan for resistance. Drawing on the ethos of tech culture, a background in the arts, and personal storytelling, Jenny Odell makes a powerful argument for refusal: refusal to believe that our lives are instruments to be optimised. She argues that nothing can be quite so radical as doing... nothing.
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youneverarrived
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#7days7covers #covercrush

Tagging @Moray_Reads if you want to join in? 7 of your favourite covers each day for a week, no explanation needed. Tag a litten each day to join in.

merelybookish Gorgeous cover! Have you read this yet? I'm intrigued! 7d
youneverarrived @merelybookish no not yet, but I know @batsy has and she wrote a great review about it. It‘s high up on my list to read soon. 7d
Cathythoughts Yes ! Great cover ... sounds good , stacked 7d
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Tanisha_A Beauty! 7d
squirrelbrain Great cover! ❤️ 7d
batsy Great pick, I love this cover too 💜 6d
BiblioLitten I love this cover! 4d
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LizzieLou
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I love this book. It's not about a digital detox, it's about how your attention is being commodified and the best way to take it back. It's about the philosophy of real life community versus online yelling. It's not a guilt trip and it doesn't make you feel like you're bad if you still use social media, but it gives you ideas about how to balance your online presence with real people because that's the only way things really change and grow.

Emilymdxn I loved this one too! 4w
batsy Nice review! I found it a really rewarding read. Lots to think about. 4w
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gingerandjazz
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Loving this important & thoughtful book so far, even if I‘m going against its fundamental principles by posting about it on social media... oops.

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8little_paws
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Enjoying this poolside this evening. It's a library copy but pretty sure I'll end up buying my own copy.

LizzieLou I did the same! Borrowed it on audio and then bought a hard cover. 4w
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mreads
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Mehso-so

Meh. A philosophical manifesto on the benefits of doing nothing. Nothing being sitting in nature and observing.

#nonfiction2019 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa something personal

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sorry it was meh, it sounds like it should have been more.... 1mo
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gingerandjazz
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Après-swim reading: How To Do Nothing, by Jenny Odell. ?

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youneverarrived
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So when I was in Waterstones having a coffee I obviously couldn‘t resist buying a book 😂 this one was thanks to the review by @batsy 💜

batsy Oh I hope you find it a worthwhile read! ❤️ Plus that cover is beautiful! 3mo
Tamra I did a bit of nothing today and I have to say it was truly refreshing! 3mo
youneverarrived @batsy it sounds so good! Isn‘t it gorgeous 💕 3mo
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youneverarrived @Tamra sometimes that‘s just what we need 🧡 3mo
BiblioLitten I have been eyeing this one after @batsy s review. 😊 3mo
IamIamIam This looks spectacular!!! 2mo
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batsy
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Not a how-to at all, but a multidisciplinary work on engaging with the world outside of the corporate-controlled attention economy. It's dense & philosophical, incorporating theory, art criticism, tech, & nature writing. It made me see differently & want to exist differently. I love books that do that. We need more books to remind humans of our place in the vast planet—we're not superior. Similarly, we should resist low-key dehumanisation ⬇️

batsy by corporations. We should not have to resist having our lives instrumentalised & reduced to the value of "eyeballs" on a website so that a small coterie of people can profit off of it, & yet here we are. It takes a whole book to explain how "doing nothing" is another way of doing a whole lot of something that is outside the logic of capitalism. We are all more than our value to capital. I appreciate a lot of the points that Odell makes. 3mo
BarbaraBB You just sold me another book 💕 3mo
Trashcanman I swear you need to start your own book review blog. You have a way with words. I know I've said it before but I truly am reminded of it with each book review you do. Sold on ready it. If you worked for a publisher book sales would go way up. 😊 3mo
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batsy Thank you @BarbaraBB @Trashcanman ❤️❤️ It's one of those books that can't be boxed into any particular category but I'm glad I read it 🙂 3mo
Leftcoastzen Nice review!As I try to explain to people all of this “free content “is not really “free “.I need to read this book to help inform a coherent argument.Stacked! 3mo
BarbaraBB @Trashcanman is right you know, your reviews are really of a complete other level 🙌 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds interesting! And fantastic review as always 😘 3mo
readordierachel Sold, sold, sold 👍🏼 3mo
squirrelbrain Sounds fascinating - stacked! 3mo
youneverarrived Excellent review 🖤 stacking. 3mo
batsy @BarbaraBB @Trashcanman You are too kind 😘😘 3mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm @youneverarrived Thanks, friends 💜💜 3mo
batsy @readordierachel @squirrelbrain I hope you find it a worthwhile read if you try it 😊 3mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant review... ✨ 3mo
mhslibrarylady Adding this to my TBR list! 3mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you 😘 3mo
batsy @mhslibrarylady Hope you like it 🙂 3mo
RaimeyGallant Reading your reviews is dangerous for my tbr. 3mo
rohit-sawant Stunning review! 🙌🏼 3mo
batsy Thanks @rohit-sawant 🖤 3mo
Centique I love your explanation - id like to see a book from you on this! 😍🙌 3mo
Suet624 It‘s funny..I‘ve been sitting on my front porch listening to songbirds, watching hummingbirds, looking at my garden and handwriting a letter to a friend. It‘s been a delightful afternoon of doing very little. And I‘m very content. (edited) 3mo
batsy @Centique You're too sweet ❤️ This is the kind of book I wish I had the intelligence to write 😆 3mo
batsy @Suet624 Perfect. And so apt. Whenever I think back on moments in life I utterly cherish, it has rarely (never) involved being "productive" in the sense of how corporations want us to be productive. 3mo
sisilia That‘s what I love doing! Nothing 😆 I loved it when I parked myself in a cafe at 7am in Tokyo... not committed to anything, just people-watching, and occassionally flipping my book 😅 3mo
batsy @sisilia You speak my language! 😁 That's my ideal scenario 😍 3mo
Maiya_Hanson Life 3mo
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Emilymdxn
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Incredible, very refreshing. I feel I‘ve learned a lot about what tech companies etc. want from me and why the idea of ‘resistance in place‘ which I love now can apply to living in today‘s world. Yes it‘s depressing thinking about what tech companies want from us and what consumerism wants us to be, but reading about the idea of appreciating our environment in different ways was inspiring, particularly on a stopped commuter train late for work

Palimpsest Good to know that this is a pick. It‘s sitting in my to read pile. 😊 4mo
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Emilymdxn
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Sunday night in with this book that I‘ve been really looking forward to ever since @SW-T posted it a while ago!

SW-T Hope you enjoy! I found lots of food for thought in it. 4mo
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SW-T
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Not a how-to, but a reminder about the value of doing nothing. Do less, rest more. Build parks, not towers.
Wasn‘t a fan of the actual writing style, but I did like the content. Context collapse, information overload, the importance of noncommercial public space, and how the lack of spacial or temporal context in online platforms can be leveraged and used to create hateful, shaming, or vindictive public content. Plenty of food for thought.

Crazeedi Interesting review! 5mo
Weaponxgirl Thanks for the review, I‘ve been looking at this wondering if I should read it. 5mo
SW-T @Crazeedi @Weaponxgirl It‘s a food for thought type of book. I enjoy those on occasion ☺️ 5mo
Crazeedi @SW-T me too! 5mo
Weaponxgirl Yup, love those sort of books, now I have to wait for it to be released in the uk 5mo
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