The Many Reading Moods of Isolation

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“The first thing that reading teaches us is how to be alone.” – Jonathan Franzen

As far back as I can remember, one of my favourite ways to spend time was reading. I could happily sit for hours at a time, on my own, immersed in a new adventure, a different world. As an adult, reading became a relaxing pastime, a break from the demands and worries of the day, a calming exercise for a busy mind. A couple of months ago when the world shifted, and the foundation of the things in my life I believed to be solid altered, I was left with a great deal of spare time. Many hours of the day to be filled. In theory, this would seem pretty ideal to a fairly introverted bookworm, but that has not been the case. Everyday has been different and everyday has brought a new mix of emotions that act as a reminder of the uncertainty and fragility of this time we live in. So there have been days when reading has been relaxing, when it has been entertaining and fun, providing a much needed blurring of reality. And there have been days where it has felt impossible to focus. Continue reading “The Many Reading Moods of Isolation”

The Future Is Bright: Five Books I Am Looking Forward To

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I am not usually one to have lists of upcoming books or do intensive research into yearly releases. However, I do like to keep an eye on new books by authors that I have read and enjoyed in the past. And from time to time I get swept up in the hype of a new release that I am all too eager to read. This past week I kept coming across announcements for books that made me so happy I felt the need to share my excitement, all in a tidy little list. 🙂 These are my top five most anticipated releases (in order of release date): Continue reading “The Future Is Bright: Five Books I Am Looking Forward To”

The Bookshelf Edit: Surround Yourself with Books You Love

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A bookshelf is a personal space. One that reflects the reader’s interests, preferences, curiosities. Shelves filled with stories that drew their attention, sparked their imagination enough to have found a home within their home. But it is not just about the content of the shelves themselves and the books that reside there. What is often fascinating is the space itself. How are the books organized? A neat and tidy alphabetized system? Or maybe stacks of volumes line the walls and lie scattered on the floor, no longer finding room on overflowing shelves. Continue reading “The Bookshelf Edit: Surround Yourself with Books You Love”

Comfort Reads and Reading Plans

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“I have a shelf of comfort books, which I read when the world closes in on me or something untoward happens.”

I love the idea of comfort books. The last few days, however, I really had to explore what that concept means to me and what brings me comfort. There are books that I consider favourites that have found a home on my bookshelf, and there is a sense of comfort and safety that can come from reading something I enjoyed in a different time and place. But I don’t have a desire to reread anything right now, and instead I find myself gravitating toward books I haven’t read. What most draws my attention are fantasy novels and some young adult reads, and what most calms my mind is making lists. So, I am making lists, getting organized, and making my way through unread books. When I feel like reading that is, and not watching random old TV shows. 🙂 Continue reading “Comfort Reads and Reading Plans”

To DNF or Not to DNF: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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There was a time when I would absolutely finish every book I started to read. If I had cracked the first page I was going to see it through to the end. But over time, as I read more and began to discover my reading preferences, I realized that sometimes a book may just simply not be for me. There might be many reasons why a certain story doesn’t click for me in the moment, but I have come to accept that when I know it is not working out, rather than struggling to finish, it is okay to set it aside and call it a day. I’m always curious to know which books readers have DNFd and why, so I thought I would start sharing my experiences with books I choose to not finish reading. Continue reading “To DNF or Not to DNF: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller”