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How To Read Every Day

Throw your phone away. Toss it into the trash. Take the garbage out. Right now.

Throw your TV out the window. Watching movies isn’t the same as reading books.

Throw your sleep schedule out the door. Let’s be honest, some days you’re going to stay up until the sun rises. It’s okay. Who needs to sleep anyway? Any reader of great literature knows the answer to that rhetorical question.

Throw your computer off the roof. Laptops and tablets have to go too. Any kind of distraction is no bueno.

Throw your car off a cliff. You can’t read while you’re driving. You shouldn’t anyway. Just stay home and enjoy a novel or ten.

Throw your gaming consoles at friends. Then grab some popcorn.

Throw your work at co-workers. Less working, more reading.

Throw yourself into another country. The alternative is to throw everyone you know as far as possible.

Throw me into a cell. I hope reading my bad posts doesn’t take time away from reading good books.

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How To Read Every Day: Do’s And Don’ts

Do throw your phone into the ocean.

Or drop it onto the ground until you shatter the screen. When your phone looks like a spider web and you can’t even see what’s on it, you’ll be less inclined to spend hours on your device. Instead, you’ll pick up a book. I speak from experience. It’s too painful on my poor eyes. I’ve dropped my phone more times than I can count. Besides, the more cracks my screen has, the more words I read. Hence, this tip is successful and definitely won’t set you back about fifty dollars.

Don’t make friends.

If someone tries to befriend you, run in the other direction. Never ever look back. Besides, fictional characters make the best friends. You don’t need to know people in real life anyway. If reading about characters isn’t enough, consider creating your own.

Do buy more books than any other human beings.

Buy until your wallet cries. Even and especially when you have a pile of unread novels on your nightstand. Purchase all kinds of books, so when the mood strikes, you’ll have a good story ready to go. That way you have no excuse not to read every day.

Don’t have a normal sleep schedule.

Normal is over-rated. Who needs to sleep when you have books to read? You know that one more chapter means you’ll reach the last one, even though you just started this novel two days ago.

On a more serious note, read what you want, when you want, where you want, and how you want. Doing so will help make the reading experience more enjoyable.

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Struggles Only Book Lovers Will Understand

Book hangovers are real. After finishing a book, all I want to do is sleep.

The book I’m reading affects my mood. If the protagonist is stressed, I’m stressed. If she’s grumpy, so am I. To be honest, I’m either stressed, grumpy, or both.

I treat books better than babies. Don’t hate me. I used to bite my cousin when we were children. I have never bitten books.

I love looking at my bookshelf. It brings me so much joy. It’s better than looking at a boyfriend…not that I would know.

My eyes are always sore. That’s why I don’t have an e-reader.

My wallet hates me. That’s another reason why I don’t have an e-reader.

I can’t find a comfortable reading position. I blame my horrible eyesight and my need to wear glasses.

I make references to books, but no one understands them. People stare at me like I have three eyes. I wish I did.

I die a little inside when someone tells me s/he disliked a novel I loved. I’m sorry. We can’t be friends.

I re-organize my books often. It takes an hour each time. Send help.

When reading, I might as well be dead to the world. I refuse to check my phone.

I despise interruptions with every fibre of my being. I wish I could cut the phone lines in my house.

I don’t read fast enough. Too many books, too little time. Sigh.

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What I Learned Reorganizing My Bookshelves

I’m not even exaggerating when I say it took me nearly an hour to reorganize my bookshelves.

Here’s what I learned:

I own a lot of books. But a reader can never have too many, right? I want to buy more all the time.

I forget what I’ve read. I picked up a novel, and for the life of me, I could not remember what it was about.

I keep my babies in good condition. Except for a few of them. I also dropped two books on the floor while reorganizing my shelves. I’m a terrible mother.

I love when books are the same height and hate when they’re not. It makes my life easier when everything’s the same size.

I’m running out of space. I don’t know what I’ll do once my shelves can hold no more. I don’t have room for another bookshelf. Hopefully, one day, I can have a library in my house. Then I won’t have to worry about space or lack thereof.

I spend a lot of money on books. I don’t want to know how much. I also don’t need to know how many I have.

I could and should give some away. I promise to do so in the near future. OK, far future. I just can’t bear to part with my children.

I read a lot. But I feel like I just can’t keep up. Too many books, too little time.

I want to go buy more. Because why not? There’s no reason not to.

What do you learn after reorganizing your bookshelves?

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You Know You Are A Reader When

You have a stack of unread books at home, but you still buy more. All those novels you bought ages ago? They’re still sitting on your shelves collecting dust.

You’re running out of space, yet that doesn’t stop you from adding to your collection. Which means you have to get creative. You end up stacking, squeezing, and shoving.

You would rather be in your room than go to a club. There’s nothing wrong with spending more time around characters than your friends. Besides, fictional people will never judge you or your decisions.

You can’t stop talking or writing about books. That’s why you started a book blog. Now you’re able to rave on and on without anyone interrupting you.

You tell people to read certain books until they finally cave. Afterwards, you have one-sided conversations where you’re doing most of the talking. You can’t help extolling the virtues of your favourite author.

You wonder what fictional characters would do. So you proceed to channel them, believing yourself to be a super cool protagonist.

You get books as gifts from family and friends. They know you need to read as much as you need to eat. Better yet, they’ll leave you alone when you crack open the latest novel from a beloved author.

You can never find a comfortable reading position. Anyone who needs glasses to see knows the struggle is even more real.

If you liked this post, you might enjoy You Know You Are A Writer When.

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A Q&A About Books, Goodreads, And Reviews

Why do you read?

I need to escape from reality or else I’d lose the little sanity I have left.

Why did you make a Goodreads account?

I didn’t want to rely on my memory to track the books I’ve read. Especially since I’m not getting any younger.

What do you look for in a book?

A good story. Great writing doesn’t hurt either. I like characters I can relate to, resonate with. Give me character development or give me fictional death.

What made you start writing reviews?

It wasn’t enough to read books. So I decided to review them too.

What are your reading goals for 2018?

They’re similar to the resolutions I made in 2017. I want to read every day. I’d also like to expand my bookshelf a bit. I tend to read more fiction than nonfiction, so I want to dip my mind further in the latter.

What are your reviewing goals in 2018?

I’m a bit behind on getting my reviews up, so if I can catch up that’ll be ideal.

Happy reading!

Personal Reflection

A Life Update You Didn’t Ask For

As I’m prone to do, I’ve been thinking a lot. Which is how this post of thoughts came to be.

I think I like the idea of making changes to this blog more than I like making change.

Obviously, my brain obsesses over blogging when I’m swamped with schoolwork. But maybe over the holidays, I’ll tinker with things.

Somehow, NaNo is in full swing. To be quite honest, I’m not trying to reach 50,000 words or any kind of a word count for that matter. Right now it’s enough to write every day even if the words are terrible.

I’m writing prose. I hope to start a novel and see the story through until the end. So far so good.

In a perfect world, I’d make writing my first priority. But I don’t live in a perfect world. It’s still a priority, just not my first or only.

My reasoning is when I’m eighty years old I won’t be able to dance to the extent I can now. I doubt my body will respond well to doing cartwheels then. Though I like to believe I’ll still be able to write when I’m an old lady.

For that reason, I’m trying to dance as much and as well as I can at this age.

Dance isn’t something I bring up much on this blog. I wonder if I should. There are definitely parallels I can draw between dancing and writing, blogging.

On another note, I’m quite pleased with my reading. Not so with my reviewing. I’m horribly behind in editing and posting book reviews.

I realize I’m better at keeping up with fictional novels than I am with non-fiction. Still, I try to read some non-fiction on the subway ride home, even though I don’t say so on Goodreads. I’m just more casual with my non-fiction reading.

Overall, I’m doing the best I can. That’s what matters to me.

I debated not bringing up school, but since I’m a full-time student, I figured I will. Despite all the assignments due this month and next, I’m managing. I haven’t failed anything. I like to believe I won’t.

If you’ve read this far, kudos to you. I hope you’re doing well. Wishing you the very best life has to offer. Take care. I want to see you around here.

 

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The Importance Of Timing In Reading

Everyone is entitled to their opinions, especially when it comes to books.

Sometimes, maybe even most of the time, I’m hesitant to read a popular novel. For a few main reasons.

I don’t want people to hype up a book for me only for it to disappoint because of high expectations.

I also feel odd when I’m in the minority. Either I love a book that people generally don’t like or I dislike a novel everyone seems to adore. In that case, I tend to feel like I’m missing something. As if I didn’t get the essence of the story.

It’s easy to look at reviews or seek out other readers’ opinions nowadays. Thanks Internet.

It’s also easy to form a bias before reading something because of what someone else says. That’s why I typically avoid reading book reviews before I begin. I don’t mind looking at reviews after I’ve finished a novel.

Often times I find others are able to say what I want to say more eloquently than I ever could. Or better yet, reviewers are able to specify an issue or ten they had with a book that I did too.

When I decide whether or not I want to buy a particular book, I don’t usually read reviews. I’ll read the synopsis or summary. Maybe the back cover or the first page.

I want to form my own opinion without the influence of anyone else, even if I trust him or her.

Going back to popular books, there are a number of reasons why I haven’t read Harry Potter. And some days I wonder if I ever will. The whole being let down is part of it. As well as the prospect I may not love this series as much as my friends.

I’m a huge believer that timing matters. When exactly you read a certain book can change your entire perception of it. I know there are books I appreciate better now than when I read them five, six years ago. Even five, six months make a huge difference.

Same goes for books I’ve read recently. I feel I would have enjoyed them more had I read some earlier in my life like in elementary or high school.

Regardless, reading really is remarkable. So don’t let anything or anyone stop you from enjoying a good book at any time in your life.