My Reading Lately | Book Discussion

Hello, book lovers! 💕

We’re already halfway through January (which is crazy to think about), and I feel like I haven’t gotten any reading done. That’s probably because I really haven’t. So far this month I’ve only finished a book that I started in December and gotten halfway through a book. It’s been a really stressful first few weeks, and I wasn’t in the mood to do anything.

But I figured I’d update you guys on what I’m currently in the middle of reading and what I plan on reading next. I don’t know how much more I’ll be able to get read by the end of the month, but I’m going to try my best.

So without any further ado, let’s talk about about the book that I’m currently reading!

The book that I’m currently reading (and absolutely loving) is Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. I feel like a lot of people have been talking about this book lately, and for good reason. It’s such an action-packed, fun story.

The following is from Goodreads:

After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.

A flying demon feeding on human energies.

A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.

And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.

The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.

She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.

A secret society that hunts demons? Yes, please.

But it’s so much more than that. It kind of reminds me of The Hunger Games, but only in the sense that there are trials for the initiates to compete in. That’s where the similarities end though. It deals with diverse and relevant topics such as racism and discrimination, which makes it so poignant and real.

I don’t want to go into too much detail about the plot of the story so I won’t spoil for those who haven’t read it yet. Not only that, but I haven’t finished the book yet and this isn’t a review. I still have maybe 200 pages left, and I have been savoring every minute of it.

I feel like I say this with every book, but I’m taking my time with this one; I’ve been trying to set out more time in my days to read, but lately it’s only been right before I go to bed. And that’s when I’m the most tired, so I only am able to get through maybe 20 pages before I pass out.

But anyway, once I finish this book (or maybe before I finish it), I plan on taking a day and binge reading the last couple Avatar the Last Airbender comics that I have left. They shouldn’t take me that long to get through; it’s just a matter of sitting down and reading them.

So there you have it. Those are the books that I’m currently reading and plan on reading next. Have you read this book? What book are you currently reading? I’d love to chat in the comments below!

This is going to be a chatty post, and one that’s probably going to be all jumbled. So please bear with me as I’m still trying to figure out my thoughts on this.

I’ve had something on my mind for a while now in terms of my reading. I feel myself changing as a reader. Not just in the types of books I’m reading, but in the way I’m reading. I’ve mentioned multiple times that I’ve been reading (or well, more like listening to) more audiobooks than physical books. And I’m fine with that.

But when I do read a physical book, I’ve noticed that it takes me twice as long as it used to. I’m not flying through books like I did when I was younger. Maybe that’s because I’m an adult now and have so many other responsibilities to focus on. I can’t throw all my attention into a book like I used to.

I also feel like when do I sit down to read, I have a hard time staying focus on what I’m reading. I get distracted easily, and I’m not able to read for longer than an hour at a time. I don’t know if that’s just me, or if it’s because I’ve got so many things going on. And it’s not because I’m not interested in what I’m reading, though that plays into it a bit. Even if I’m really loving a book, I only read for short bursts of time.

And there’s nothing wrong with any of this. I’m not criticizing myself for the way my reading has been lately. I wish I could go back to being able to read a couple books or more in a week, and I envy those who can do that. But this is just the way I’ve been lately. I’m trying to reflect on it and try to understand it a bit more.

Because I’ve been a reader for a majority of my life. Reading has always been my life. And lately it feels almost as if reading has taken the back seat in some ways. I have so many different hobbies now that I don’t always have time for reading.

And it sucks.

But it’s okay.

I don’t have to read 10 books a month to be a reader. Even if I just read one book, I’m still a reader. Even if I only listen to audiobooks, I’m still a reader. If it takes me two weeks to read a 300 page book, then fine. I’m still a reader. As long as I’m reading, then I’m a reader. But I can still do and enjoy other things and still be a reader. I just have to remind myself of that sometimes. I can’t compare myself to others, which is something I’m guilty of doing way too much.

I think the whole point of this post was to say that we all change throughout life, and that includes the way we read. Our tastes in books change, our way of reading change, the pace in which we read changes. And that’s okay. Don’t beat yourself up over the fact that it might take you two weeks instead of one to read a book. Just enjoy the book.

Anyway, thanks for sticking with me for this long. I know this post is kind of all over the place. I needed to vent a bit about my reading since it’s something that means so much to me. I think my rant is over.

So what are your thoughts on this? Has the way you read changed recently? I’d love to discuss this in the comments below!

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I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary.

4 thoughts on “My Reading Lately | Book Discussion

  1. I really appreciate this post, Alexis!! As a slow reader myself, I often find myself falling into the trap of comparing myself to others. It’s really important to remember that your validity as a reader isn’t correlated to the number of books you read in a year or how fast you read them. Thank you for this discussion, Alexis! 💕

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    1. Thank you for reading! And I’m glad you enjoyed it. And yes I agree. I’m always seeing people either on YouTube or on here going through like 5-10 books a month and wish I could do that too. I don’t know how they do it! But it’s important to remember that no matter how many books you read or how fast you read them, you’re enjoying the books you read. Because that’s the point of reading. I need to tell myself that more often honestly.

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  2. I really appreciate this post, Alexis!! As a slow reader myself, I often find myself falling into the trap of comparing myself to others. It’s really important to remember that your validity as a reader isn’t correlated to the number of books you read in a year or how fast you read them. Thank you for this discussion, Alexis! 💕

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