Hello everyone, I know it’s been a long time since I properly posted, and my only answer to you is that A Levels have hit me like a bag of bricks and I am reeling. The fact that I am currently writing does not mean that I should be because I have 3 different tests to revise for but let’s not get into that. This subject is something that has been playing on my mind for quite some time, and is also part of the reason as to why I have been so absent.
As soon as I properly joined the book blogging community and started posting consistently and also reading lots of other similar bookish posts, I felt this immediate sort of pressure, that kind of stayed there and always was there whenever I thought about my blog. This pressure was to do with the quantity of books I read.
I have read hundreds of bookish posts in the community, and an underlying impression you seem to have of them is that the more books you read, the better. There is this quantity over quality attitude, where you’re just rushing to read as many books as possible for the sake of numbers, so you can say you read 13 books in December – 3 more books than you did in November, or that you have more book reviews to post. Because how could you possibly have a successful book blog if you don’t have a lot of book reviews?
I think this is as a good example of me last summer (2019). I read so many books, probably 30+. However, I feel my attitude towards them may have done more harm than good. I wasn’t able to fully enjoy the books because my mind kept wandering to the next book I wanted to go to the next and the next and all the books on my summer TBR and my monthly TBR, etc. I distinctly remember reading The Prodigal Daughter, and my mixed feelings throughout it – I was really enjoying it and at the same time I had this constant nagging feeling that kept telling me to hurry up so I can mark it as read and continue to the next book. I feel it really dampened my enjoyment of the book.
Then from around the end of July to the beginning of August, I realised the kind of toxicity I had gotten myself into with my books. I realised that the way I was reading books was not the most beneficial and the quantity I was reading wasn’t either – especially since I was reading loads of YA fiction which doesn’t have the most useful information. I decided from then on, I was going to read books that were beneficial and also to read them in a manner where I enjoyed them and got the maximum use out of it – and not to hurry through them just to get it done and over with.
So something that I want to ask to all you fellow bookworms out there is: what is your attitude towards reading books, and is it a healthy one? It’s so easy to get carried away and drift away from the true meaning of reading: which is to ready to enjoy and to read to learn. Reading is a form of seeking knowledge, so try not to get too carried away with the entertainment aspect of it! Read fiction if you love it, but also read some non-fiction out there. I know sometimes it can feel like studying, but there is some really interesting stuff out there, if you look for it! For example, on my TBR is a book about climate change – not only is it educational but it’s also interesting because right now I feel like all the information on climate change is all over the place, and everyone seems to be saying different things.
Speak soon 🙂