Bookishly Better! 31 Days of Literary Lifestyle Inspiration
Day 5: Reading Should Be Fun!
With all this talk of creating a literary lifestyle, there is one ground rule we need to establish: Reading should be fun!
Is your TBR stack so high it’s swaying, yet your friends keep suggesting another “must read?” Or maybe you’ve joined one too many books clubs and you’re struggling to make it through this month’s picks. Whether it’s the fear of missing out (book FOMO is real, my friend!) or simple over commitment, occasionally a little frustration creeps into our reading life.
With so many books and so little time, it’s easy to lose the enjoyment. This is fun, not a school assignment, remember?
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It’s okay to put a book down.
I have a hard time quitting a book. I often feel I owe it to the writer to finish before making a judgement; perhaps it will redeem itself in the end? I’ve been taking advice from other readers, however, allowing myself the freedom to abandon a book I’m not enjoying. Life is just too short to read bad books!
Book clubs, yay or nay?
My first answer to this is a resounding, “YAY!” Later in this series, I’ll talk about the reasons I think book clubs are a great addition to the literary lifestyle. Nonetheless, it is possible to get too much of a good thing.
I belong to four book clubs, two for adults, two for teenagers. Normally this is not a problem. In the next three weeks, however, I have somehow committed to reading and leading discussions for EIGHT books. That’s almost 2,000 pages, guys!
So, by all means, join a book club! Just don’t make your reading life another thing you have to check off your To Do list.
But I’m supposed to like this!
You don’t have to love a book, even if your best friend insists you will and it’s been hailed “the most important book of the year.” Yet you struggle through it, feeling guilty that this “literary masterpiece” isn’t a doing a thing for you.
Drop the guilt, friend! Finish if you need to, but it’s okay not to like this “important work.” That is the beautiful thing about books, they are personal! As Edmund Wilson said, “No two persons ever read the same book.”
What personal rules do you follow to keep reading a fun part of your lifestyle? Please share your ideas in the comments, because obviously I still need help in this area (2,000 pages?!?)!'No two persons ever read the same book.' - Edmund Wilson #write31days #bookishlybetter Click To Tweet
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