Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Two Books From Now On!

Usually I only read one book at a time, but after reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I became restless and couldn't choose a book. I was having headaches and was becoming stressed because I wasn't enjoying my books. It was like after all the hype and that brilliant book, I came back down to earth with a bump!

I had to hide a majority of my books, as they've become 'just' books now. I've begun to take them for granted. Sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. I've got bored looking at them. I'm not a fast reader, if I try to be I end up skimming the pages without taking the story in. Then I ask myself why am I trying to read fast? It doesn't matter if I don't complete the 50 book challenge, it doesn't matter if it takes me 3, 4, 5 days or a week or more to read, even though I get impatient at times as I just want to read read read!!!!

What matters is that I am 'enjoying' reading. I love my books and I love reading, and this is how I want to keep it, as when you read, you build a relationship with the book, it's like you go through so many emotions and on a journey together. Some books you get on with, others you don't, it's a bit like people lol.

So, I did something different, I chose two books to read this time, and I'm really enjoying them. When I feel like I've read enough of one book, I pick the other one up. It may take me longer to finish a book this way but, I don't care. I finally have my inspiration for books back, yay!


Daphne said...

Oh dear - how terrible that your books were stressing you out so much! Reading is supposed to be fun but I understand how easy it is to fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others and feeling like you're not keeping up. I had that problem for a little while too. But reading isn't a race and yes, there are sometimes other things to do besides read.

Don't be too hard on yourself. Enjoy reading!

Margo. said...

Hi Daphne, I think I'm worrying too much that I won't complete the 50 book challenge, But you know I may drop out of it, after all like you say reading is supposed to be fun and not stressful. I'm enjoying reading, but have put too much pressure on myself me thinks. ;)