When it comes to making book or reader wishes, honestly, I don’t have many of the former to make. This for reasons we’ll talk about later on. However I do have certain wishes that apply to the poor state of reading that is currently my life. For that reason, why not apply those as wishes, right?
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When it comes to book wishes (for books), I pretty much (eventually) add the ones I want to my shelf. This because I have become so selective in what I buy. Some months this may mean I have two new books, others perhaps more. But I’m quite proud of myself for this less-book-cover-buy, more knowing-what-I-like-buying. This is for a couple of reasons which I won’t get into today. But perhaps someday that’ll be a discussion post. Instead of specific books (unless there’s a couple I find that deserve adding), I’m going to talk about wishes from the perspective of reading and what I’ll like to change.
Also, quick shout-out to Jana, the Top Ten Tuesday organizer! This is her birthday week and so, I just wanted to give her a shout-out; hope she has THE best day and week, and does something she loves.
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For years now I’ve had this wish that I’d be a bit more disciplined in reading the books on my shelf rather than only reading review books or the like. Now since I sign up, request (which I rarely if ever get accepted for) or receive (VERY rare) books anymore, there’s no better time to binge read books. Trouble is, I have an issue (which is later on down the line) that limits this. Nonetheless the idea of making “read” progress on my actual shelf is quite glorious. Let’s just hope I manage this.
When it comes to books, as I said above, I’m quite intentional with the books I buy in these more recent years. Really, I’m working to make this true of MUCH of my life. Whether that’s going on walks or what I ‘like’ on social media, I don’t want to just do something “just because.” I want to know what I’m doing and be fully supportive of the things I’m ‘liking.’ This applies to buying books too which is why it’s hard to find books I’m sincerely excited for. However I did share a few 2022 releases I am genuinely excited for. We talked about those in a post a while back and look at it now, that small list still holds.
COMPELTE MY IN PROGRESS READS
I probably have five books started currently. Honestly I am enjoying all of them (most I’m not very far into), but I feel very unfocused which means that it’s tough for me, personally, to read because I want to be present in the book. I want to enjoy the story. I want to enjoy the journey of the character. Until I can, it feels wrong and dishonest not just to my ability to enjoy, but to the story and the author since I like to review the books. I’m quite sad because a couple of the books are in my most favorite genre! This then leads us into my next reader wish.
READING SLUMP, BE GONE!
Seriously I’ve likely been in some sort of reader slump (a term I hate) for possibly a year now. It’s awful as someone who loved story and books and novels and wants to appreciate all of those said amazing stories. I’m hoping I overcome this sooner rather than later, but in the meantime, tell me, what is one book you’d 100% recommend to get someone out of a reading lull?
It’s possibly been over a year since I’ve sorted shelves and gone through to unhaul (again). I always used to have a session in June or so after the reading program award I was a part of closed. I really do wish to do this task again. Trouble is, I’m SLOWLY (and I mean slow) selling books on eBay (no one mass buys them) and the places I donate them don’t seem to want a bulk amount at one time. So the most I take at a time is a single box or possibly two. As frustrating as it is not to be able to be rid of a mass amount, I also understand not wanting anyone else to feel overwhelmed with a large amount of books. This is the space I’m in given my office is full of books to get rid of. It’s frustrating not having a tidy space, but hey, one day I’ll figure it out!
Ok, let’s hit up those comments! Tell me, what one book would you recommend to pull someone out of a reading lull? What kind of eBay book seller tips do you have!? (We need all the advice!) What sort of book or reader wishes are highest on your list? What books are on your wish list? Which ones are you most hoping someone gifts to you? Comment all the comments below! Let’s chat.
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Linking up with That Artsy Reader Girl June 21: Bookish Wishes (List the top 10 books you’d love to own and include a link to your wishlist so that people can grant your wish. Make sure you link your wishlist to your mailing address [here’s how to do it on Amazon] or include the email address associated with your ereader in the list description so people know how to get the book to you.)
Fantastic list. I can relate to a lot of the thoughts you share on your book wishes. I rediscover my passion for reading a year before the pandemic hit and went from reading 5/10 books a year to over 180+ books. And with the state of our planet, I decided to only buy books I love, buy them used, from authors that I love and respect, supporting awesome female, diverse and BIPOC authors. I get new releases with subscription boxes.
So I mostly read eBooks and then get the book or the rest of the series used, if I really loved it.
When I’m in a reading lull (thanks for this term, I like it better than slump too), I usually pick up a steamy funny diverse romance with MC that look like me (Talia Hibbert and Katee Robert are my go to authors) or a fantasy series I love like ACOTAR, The Queen of the Tearling, Ninth House, Crescent City…
Here is my TTT: https://herseriallife.com/bookish-wishes-10-books-id-love-to-own/
Have great week 🌈
My go-to, “comfort” type reads are usually funny rom-coms. :) I just love something that’s cute, simple and yet fun, so that’s what I tend to reach for even when my reading life is thriving. Just how it goes. Reading lulls aren’t my favorite, but I’m trying not to force anything because I think that’s worse. Thanks so much for visiting, Rae!
I hope you do write that post someday if you have the time for it!
I tend to get out of reading slumps by taking a break from reading and going to do something active like swimming or hiking or cycling.
Old comic strips like Calvin and Hobbes are always fun to read, though, if you like that sort of thing.
I used to read comic strips in the newspaper a lot. They always made me smile even if they weren’t *that* funny. And thanks! I like writing discussion posts. Just often chicken out. ;)
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I understand your unhaul situation! While I have pulled books off my TBR shelves, I still have a shelf overflowing with books I don’t want any longer. Typically, I share my unhauled books with family, but due to the world being closed for the past two years, I haven’t been able to do that. Fingers crossed, I can share some with family this summer.
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Hope you can share some of your books! I’m really the only person in my family who reads. My mother does (a lot), but doesn’t like physical book reading so she reads on a Kindle. But I’ll figure something out! :D
Haha I would love to complete all the books I’m in the middle of but I have no self control and I keep starting more!
Been there! It’s a daily bookworm struggle. ;)
Reading slumps are the worst, so I hope yours will be fully gone soon. But it is great that you’re trying to be very intentional in what books you’re buying! I’m trying to do that too, though I still have a way to go :)
YES! I like to be intentional and have been trying to apply this to other areas of life. All the best in your reading journeys too. :)
I need to read more from my shelves, too. Sometimes I think I’m doing good, and then I’ll buy a few or borrow some from my sister, and then it looks like I haven’t made any progress!
Not unfamiliar with this feeling at all! Most of mine, at the worst, was because of review copies I signed on for! Thankfully I barely do that anymore so I’m right in line at least there. :)
I, too, have lots of books on my physical shelves and on my kindle.
The most recent book I read that I would recommend is When the Day Comes by Gabrielle Meyer. It is dual time/ time travel. Very unique.
I’ve seen Gabrielle’s a LOT all over Instagram. Glad to hear a positive rec for it because I feel like I’ve seen a few negative ones. The cover is always SO pretty and I love a unique read. :)
I’m also doing an unhaul at the moment, but I generally just donate my books to charity shops when I get rid of them. I’ve never been an ebay seller so unfortunately no tips there.
I am no eBay expert but I don’t mind putting in the work, I just wish I had all the tips to possible sell a little faster. :)