Comfort Reads and Reading Plans

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โ€œI have a shelf of comfort books, which I read when the world closes in on me or something untoward happens.โ€

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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”

Books On My “Someday” List

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Ah, the “someday” list. You know which books I am referring to. The ones that have been sitting on your TBR (to be read) list for years and you absolutely want to read them, but the moment is never quite now. Maybe they are on the longer side and require a time commitment, or maybe they contain heavier subject matter that calls for the right time and mind set in order to be processed. For me, these two reasons definitely apply, particularly books that deal with topics that are not easy to read about. In these instances, as much as I may hear wonderful things about a novel, it will linger on my TBR for a long time. Another kind of book that tends to make a home on my “someday” list is one that has a whole lot of hype surrounding it. There are many books I have read as a result of hype and most of the time it has not worked out, but that is a topic for another time. Recently, I decided to start tackling my “somedays” and have chosen four books that I have been dancing around for many years. Continue reading “Books On My “Someday” List”

Favourite Books I Want to Re-Read

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To read a book for the first time is to make the acquaintance of a new friend; to read it a second time is to meet an old one. – Chinese Proverb

I don’t re-read books often. In fact, it’s kind of rare for me to do so. I suppose this is partly because there are so many books out there and there is always something new to grab my attention. But even more than that, I feel that I do have a hesitancy to read books that I have already read and loved. That experience and connection that happens when you first read a story is really special, and with every new book I reach for, I hope for that little bit of magic. When I do get that, I tend to tuck it away, leaving it in that space and time. Because magic is hard to replicate. Maybe the present experience can cast a shadow over the initial one. Like old TV shows that I adored as a kid, that fell completely flat when I watched them as an adult. Recently however, in reference to the Chinese Proverb, I have felt more and more the desire to meet old friends. To have new experiences with old favourites. That initial connection will always be in that time and place. And perhaps there will be that magic of the past, or perhaps there will be a whole new kind of magic. We have to keep the door open, right? ๐Ÿ™‚ Continue reading “Favourite Books I Want to Re-Read”

Reads From the Road: 5 Books To Take On Your Next Trip

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I am always curious to know what people are reading (yes, I am that person trying to get a peak at a book cover when I notice someone reading on the bus or out and about). ๐Ÿ™‚ This past month I was lucky enough to spend a month in Ecuador for yoga teacher training, and enjoyed lots of fun book talk with fellow trainees about the books they love and the ones they brought on the trip. So, which books made the long journey and were highly recommended? Continue reading “Reads From the Road: 5 Books To Take On Your Next Trip”