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The Ugly Truth I Don’t Want to Admit

Everyone has that one thing that they are too ashamed to admit to. Even if you think that you live your life like an open book, there must be some things that are better left unsaid and unseen. Obviously the truth I am admitting to is one that is very close to my heart, and it is frustrating that it has come to this. The fact of the matter is… it is… I only managed to read 2 books in 2014.

Great books – Memoirs of a Geisha and Gone Girl – but just 2 measly books in 365 days is a sad, sad, revelation.

Wow.

Typing that made it more real, and the enormity of the problem is baffling me. You see, I am a English Literature graduate, a former (have to use the word former now) book worm and I have shelves full of books that I have read over the years. Books are my thing. Reading is my hobby. Not anymore, apparently.

I’m not sure how many people out there can relate to this, but the collision of working in London and technology has made me less inclined to pick up a book and read. Either it’s that, or maybe I’m just not finding the right books as they don’t keep my attention for long – this needs to end now. Please note: People say I’m dramatic, but this sure calls for it as it’s certainly a sacrilege of the code of book readers.

I knew it was getting out of hand.

All the signs were there.

And this year it only got worse.

As they say, better late than never. I am openly admitting to my biggest confession of 2014. There is no excuse – I know – this is clearly unacceptable behavior! I feel like soon my title of book nerd is going to be revoked and I will fall into an abyss of shame as all book-lovers shun me from the sacred coven of Bookdom (Kingdom of Books)(Yeah I made that up, and it should be a thing).

2015 is the year to find my way back into the Bookdom, and that too, as dramatically as possible!

giphyI’m calling out to you, all book-lovers, to help me make my return to find my passion for reading again. Can you please comment suggestions of great books, the ones you can’t put down, the ones which make you see a whole new world, the ones which make you see a different perspective, the ones that leave you questioning, the ones that you wish had a sequel, the ones that actually have a sequel and the ones which made you fall in love with reading again.

Any suggestions are welcome and all the support is much appreciated!

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12 thoughts on “The Ugly Truth I Don’t Want to Admit

  1. That’s so sad to hear! Harry Potter is always great to get back out of a reading slump. Any book by Rainbow Rowell is amazing. Have you read the Fault in our stars? Have yet to read a bad review. Maybe start with some books you’ve already read and loved? I’m sure you’ll get out of the slump this year! Good luck! 🙂

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    • Thank you for your encouraging words Stefanie. I was actually considering re-reading Harry Potter to rekindle my romance with books – you might be right about that one! I haven’t read either of the books mentioned, but am jotting them down for 2015. Thanks again! 🙂

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  2. I have to admit, I went through a period of two or three years when my youngest was small that I did not pick up a book! It was really scary when I realized it and didn’t take me long to get back on the horse. 😉

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  3. Oh you poor thing! Well right now I’ve just started the novel by John Irving called….um, well…. it’s by my bed and it’s something about someone named Owen Meany! LOL…but I just started it and while it looks good, it’s rather long. Might I suggest going for something shorter if time is an issue for you. Something that will entice you but not overwhelm you? I might even suggest going for some good young adult books (books by Laurie Halse Anderson are AMAZING!) or glance through the list of Newberry Medal books and find the ones you haven’t ever read. I started doing book reviews this past year and have a few on my book review list on my own blog….maybe it will help? My top picks would be Hatchet, The Graveyard Book, or The Giver and , well, countless others!

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    • Thanks for sharing your recommendations! I will definitely check out the list on your blog and start with a short book, and then get into the big ones. Adding on your suggestions on my list. Thanks again! 🙂

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  4. Only 2 books? Oh my. I’m sure 2015 will be better. I’ve recently starting reading the Terry Pratchett Discworld books – they are mostly short, a lot of fun, and can be read in any sequence. I particularly Good Omens, whih he co-authored with Neil Gaiman

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  5. I think we can all relate to book reading slumps! Sometimes life is too busy, or you have other passions taking over your time. I don’t think it’s anything to be ashamed of.

    I like to make a little “reading cave” when I want to read for awhile. Candles, fresh pot of tea, cozy chair and blankets, rain sounds playing in the background. Cat optional. I’d also suggest starting with short, quick books (Harry Potter/other kids books you loved are a good suggestion, like Stefanie said). That way you feel like you accomplished something more quickly. Good luck!

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    • The reading cave sounds amazing – I think I will give it a go! Def starting with HP for now, and then go into some big ones to remember what it feels like to read a novel. Great recommendations – thanks for sharing!

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  6. This is terrible news! THIS IS AN EMERGENCY.

    Just two books? You poor thing. (Having said that, I have a friend who says he’s hasn’t read a book since he was about ten so your doing better than him!) But don’t worry, the community would never kick you out of Bookdom, all people welcome. 😉

    Hmm in terms of recommendations, I think the best thing I can do is direct you to my New Years post. On that I highlighted by favourite reads of the year. In terms of older reads….The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick, Just Listen by Sarah Dessen and anything by Kelley Armstrong. 🙂

    When I’m in a slump or don’t feel in the mood for reading, I often also turn to and old favourite!

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    • I know! It is actually such a sad truth, and I am completely ashamed to admit it. Trying to make amends this year and your recommendations are in my new book order. I am waiting on Trouble to arrive next week so will keep you posted! Thanks for your encouraging words, hopefully 2015 I will not be as hopeless in reading as I was last year 🙂

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