Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today’s post is slightly different to my usual bookish posts, as today I’m going to be giving you an update on where I’m at in regards to reading. I’ve been doing a lot of self-reflection about my reading habits and I’ve decided that I think it’s time for a change. Keep reading…
As most of you will already know, my favourite genre of books is Psychological Thrillers. I love the feeling of being hooked by a fantastic Thriller, full of suspense and tension, and being physically unable to put it down until you reach the very last page.
Sadly, it’s been a long long time since I’ve read a book in one sitting, or two, or even three or four. I started working full-time this Summer, and since then I’ve really hit a reading slump. I find it really difficult to summon up the energy to read, and quite frankly I don’t have the time anymore to sit down and read for hours. The reality is that I’ll read 50 pages per day just before I’m about to go to sleep, or even less if I’m especially tired. So that means I’m reading one book every 7 or 8 days, which is a lot less than I used to read.
Recently, this reading slump has gotten even worse. I’ve found it even more difficult to engage with a book and feel motivated enough to read at night. Whilst I absolutely love Psychological Thrillers and they will always be my favourite genre, it’s pretty much the only genre I’ve read this year, and I’m becoming a little bit bored by it. So, as a short-term solution to kick start my reading motivation again, I feel that it’s time for a bit of a genre change.
One book that I’ve been dying to read since it was released is Matt Haig’s ‘Reasons To Stay Alive’. I actually got this book as a Christmas present last year, but still haven’t gotten around to reading it. So yesterday I picked this book up and decided to give it a go.
For those of you who don’t know, this book is about mental health. It’s a book based on Matt Haig’s real life experiences of depression, anxiety, panic disorders and other mental illnesses. This book has received fantastic reviews and has been praised for it’s honest approach to mental health.
Recently I’ve been struggling a bit with my mental health. Lots of big changes have happened in my life this year, and change is always coupled with anxiety for me. So I felt that this was the perfect time to read this book. I’m hoping that it will remind me that I’m not alone, and make me feel a little bit better and more hopeful for what the future may hold.
Once I finish ‘Reasons To Stay Alive’, I plan to read this beautiful clothbound Classic from one of my favourite Classic authors, ‘Thomas Hardy’. I haven’t actually read this book before, so I’m really excited to sink my teeth into it.
I think the colder weather conditions have made me really want to curl up with a good Classic. Rather than all the suspense and tension that leaves me feeling on edge, sometimes I get the urge to just lose myself in a good story, that will leave me feeling more upbeat and happier.
I plan to read this book in December to get me through the cold, dark nights. I got a few clothbound Classic books for Christmas last year, but so far they’ve only served as another book on my shelf. I’m really excited to actually start reading one of these beautiful books.
I visited my local Waterstones with a friend a couple of days ago, and we were talking about our favourite books. My favourite book is ‘The Shock Of The Fall’ by Nathan Filer – it’s one of those books that once I start talking about it, you physically can’t shut me up. It got me thinking all about how I’d really like to re-read this soon.
This book brings back really fond memories. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a really sad and emotional read, and it’s not for the faint-hearted. But I can distinctly remember staying up until all hours of the night reading this book. My eyes were glued to the pages, and I couldn’t put it down. I was utterly engrossed, and even once I’d finished I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
This book has stayed with me for a really long time, and I really want to feel that positive reading experience again. There are details I’ve forgotten that I’d like to remember again, and I’m intrigued to see how I’ll find this the second time around. There’s no doubt that this will be my favourite book for a long time, and I want to remind myself exactly why that is the case.