As bloggers, I’m more than sure that you are all well aware of the stigma surrounding the intimidating stature of “TBRs” and the ever-looming nature of a “wish-list”. I thought that to make a change from constantly looking forward, it would be a fun little idea to recollect on my bookish past with a new weekly meme I’m hoping to start here on Intro To Blurb. Primarily, this is for my own personal motivation, and to be able to have a blog prepared every Thursday (*nods*) but if you like a topic one week, be sure to join in!
If you decide to immerse yourself in emotions of bookish nostalgia one week, feel free to link up here – I will most certainly check out any/all blogs of the sort:
Nostalgia is just the best feeling, and so I hope you would enjoy joining me in this weekly discussion of all things related to our bookish pasts. This week’s theme is:
1) STOP USING BOOKS AS TOOLS FOR PROCRASTINATION
This would 100% be the first thing I say. Books are enjoyable, granted, but old-me: please stop using them as an excuse to fuel being lazy. Read a book outside. Multi-task. I don’t really mind how you do it, just make sure you stay on top of everything (or most things, let’s not lie, I’m not expecting perfection!)
2) It’s okay to not be okay with a book.
*insert Jessie J “Nobody’s Perfect”*
The whole point of reading is to immerse yourself in another dimension, and formulate OPINIONS. When I used to read, I’m pretty sure I used to never make judgements on a book I didn’t like, because to me, that would be wrong – all books are amazing, right? NO. Now that I have developed into a somewhat semi-evolved human, I am happy to say that I have learnt to pick out the things I would change in what I read, and make those judgements known to anyone bothering to listen.
3) Read what you want, with your own schedule.
Reading is a HOBBY, a PAST-TIME and/or a LEISURE ACTIVITY (what was the point in listing three words that are virtually synonyms, I hear you ask? RULE OF THREE PEOPLE *nods furiously*). Schedules are an annoying habit of mine… well, in actual fact I live by them – the reminders on my phone keep my day-to-day being in check, and I always have to write down a list of events for my brain to say “hold up, what are we doing – when, and where?” (usually it’s too focussed on making me eat, I lose track of important things).
However, reading is different – there should be no schedule in place (well unless under pressure from an ARC deadline or the like!!!). It’s a hobby, and I should have learnt long ago to do it at my own pace, and on my own terms to enhance the enjoyment.
4) Always pack a plethora of reading for summer holidays.
For me, summer holidays currently serve as the most bountiful week for reading in the whole calendar year. I always used to be about playing in the swimming pool, or paddling in the sea – something which I would still happily do, however I have grown to like sunbathing with music and a good book instead. There’s nothing better than reading for half an hour, and then jumping in the pool to cool down and remove the clamminess!!
5) Food is your friend when it comes to reading.
SNACKSSSSSSSS. That is all.
It doesn’t matter what or where I’m reading, I feel so much better if I have a little bowl of edibility beside me. And let’s not lie, it’s usually Mini Eggs 98% of the time – I mean, every situation would improve with a bag of Mini Eggs to hand.
6) Don’t be intimidated.
The sheer stature of books used to be enough to make me flail for the hills in alarm.
I mean 500+ pages? I’ll pass. Thanks though. (that was a fake extension of gratitude)
Now, though I’m still not overly keen on odysseys of literature, I’ll happily reconsider my stance on long books if the plot is enticing. I mean I’d still turn away Lord of The Rings… (*immediately shies away from all blogger contact*) Don’t hate me – please!
7) Music is a wonderful backing to any literary setting.
Music is amazing for a multitude of reasons, and for me, one of the main ones is that it serves as a PERFECT backing to reading. Now, I know this isn’t *everyone’s *cup of tea, but personally I love tea as much as I do listening to music whilst reading – I just find it so much easier to pay attention if there is some sort of noise going on around me. WAIT. Please calm your aspersions and assorted murmurings. I know that sounds really weird – trust me, I agree … I know I’m weird – but I have always found it perversely helpful in revising/reading/donut-devouring and I still don’t really know why. My brain just seems to like being confused on the regular.
8) Make a blog! (Now.)
I wish I had started this blog earlier: I may not have been considered as credible due to a young age, but it would have been awesome to have all of these experiences under my belt and had an extra few months/years/designated-time-period to have developed from. It has been such a fulfilling experience as of yet, and I have loved creating content every few days that may (or may not) be generally allowed by the community’s standards of bookish relation.