Hello, book lovers! 💕
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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