Tuesday, 2 April 2013

B is for Books

I've always enjoyed reading, however after being forced to read a whole bunch of stuff that I had no real interest in reading whilst at University (Post-modernism! Journalism and the law!), I kinda lost my love for books. That was six years ago.

Over the past six years I've read sporadically, never really re-discovering the love I once had. It seems it was too easy for life to take over - I got a full-time job writing, I bought a house and I planned a wedding (and a honeymoon); there never seemed to be time to read.

For the last two or three years, I have read about five books a year. I would find a great book (or have a great book recommended to me), read it within a week and then mourn the loss of the characters like they were real people in my life. I felt bad for them (guilty, almost) if I picked up another book too soon. I felt like I needed to grieve. Then life would come along and it'd be months before I delved into the lives of new characters, who, in turn, I would also grieve for when the time came.

However, after successfully completing my 2012 New Year's Resolution, I decided it was time to stop life getting in the way, to stop being so sentimental over fictional characters (a definite character flaw trait of mine); it was time to set myself the challenge of reading 13 books in 2013.

It sounds simple doesn't it? That's because it really is.

So far this year I have already read six books and I am onto my seventh.

I'm well ahead of my target of just over one book a month; the only downside - I'm now spending more money on books than I ever have. I am a member of my local library but it just doesn't feel right sometimes to truly say goodbye to certain characters. If I buy the book, I can tell myself that I will re-visit their world and get to know them all over again one day, which, I guess, comforts me whilst I'm grieving.



Have you read any good books lately?

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24 comments:

  1. Im glad you have got back into reading :) what you reading at the mo? good luck with the book challenge!

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    1. Thanks Jenny, I started reading 'The 100-year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared' but I found it really difficult to get into, almost as if it doesn't flow. I did hear that it was written in Swedish (it's set in Sweden) so I don't know if some of the 'flow' of the story got lost in translation. I wasn't enjoying it so I've put it back on my bookshelf and have started 'Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend'.

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  2. That's a good goal! Good luck in keeping it up!

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  3. Wow! I'm jealous! i should really read some more books. Maybe you will be the inspiration I need! Happy B-Day!

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    1. Thanks Katelin, I never thought I'd be anyone's book inspiration :)

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  4. Hi Laura, great post. How is the UK today! I love reading too and almost did B = Books myself for the A-Z challenge.

    I am reading so much at the moment, all different kinds of books too. I got bought a Kindle a couple of christmases ok and love how easy it is to upload books and I nearly always read the free books that you would never normally pick up off the shelf. I do miss having an actual paperbook in my hand and seeing a nicely designed cover.

    Last year I read the book 'Before I go to sleep' by S J Watson, I think it was on the Richard and Judy book list. Its a thriller and I still think about that book now and the characters. Its being made into a film, due to be released next year I think. Well worth a read if you havent done so already.

    Good luck with the challenge!

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    1. Hi Rowena, the UK is actually sunny today for a change! Before I Go To Sleep is on my list of books to read, along with many others! I haven't given into a Kindle yet because I think I'll miss a physical book too much. My parents and my mother-in-law have one though and they rave about them; maybe I will give in one day. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. LOL. I had trouble reading after starting a family, but I still squeezed in a couple books on the side, and was constantly invested in at least one if not two. A couple years ago when I went back to school, I remembered that love of reading and have been constantly invested in at least 6 books at a time, completing between one and five a week. (Usually closer to the one to two mark.) So when you ask if I've read anything great lately, my answer is, "In which genre?"

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    1. Wow, I can't imagine having more than one book on the go - I think I'd get too confused, so huge props to you for managing that! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  6. Books was my B word today as well! Check out paperbackswap.com. It's a great way to acquire books without paying full price. I've used the site for years & it's really great.

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    1. Thanks Grazona, I'll definitely check that out! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  7. yay for books! life does tend to take up so much time! squeezing in time to read is difficult, but necessary!

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    1. Definitely Tara and if I wanna become a better writer, I really need to read more :)

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  8. YAY for John Green, he is my literary boyfriend!

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    1. I've only read The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and I did enjoy it. I'll have to try and read more of his work - any suggestions? Thanks for stopping by :)

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  9. Am glad you got back into reading... I myself have been trying to get back into writing books... a passion i lost years ago due to College and all....

    Popped in from A-Z

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Abati. I have a dream of writing a novel one day - who knows if it'll ever happen though.

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  10. Now following your blog.

    I'm a reader much like you. Maybe have read a few more each year, but not that many. I tend to read slow. I need to read more.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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    1. Thanks for the follow, Lee. Don't push yourself to read more than you're comfortable with; reading should be an enjoyment and never a chore :)

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  11. I do a lot of reading. Thats why I ended up having a book blog. Thats why I identified my topics as (BO) on the AtoZ signup list. Books are as important to me as breathing!

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    1. What's the address of your book blog, Lisa? I'd like to take a look. Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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  12. I need a new book to read, any recommendations? Let's get book club going again! x

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    1. I can lend you 'Wonder' - I think me and Mandeep told you about it last time we saw you as I'd lent it to her. I did write a blog post about it a while ago. We need to sort out another Granny Pants Friday!

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