Self-Care Moment

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Due to a cold, there won’t be a blog post this week. I want to take it easy, but also inform you guys about what’s going on. Which, in a way, when you’re sick you have time to snuggle with a book! Thanks to a crazy past few weeks, books have been put off again. But at least I have time to catch up, and maybe get more writing things in order regarding places to submit to, writing reference books to read, and so on.

If you’re sick, don’t forget that a book can be your best friend!

Happy writing!

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Enjoying a Good Book: Post-Flu Follow-Up

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Thank you all for your patience as I recovered from the flu. I am very thankful it was not a serious strain and only lasted a week. Now I can get back to business. My Book of the Month post for March will be coming up next week so keep an eye out for that!

After recovering from the flu, I shared how I wanted to unplug from the devices and social media because I realized how much I was looking at them. So how am I doing?

Well, if you look to the right of my blog, you might have seen my “Kristin is Currently Reading…” column. I love this part of my blog because I have a chance to share what other books I may be reading beyond what I review every month. At this very moment, I am reading five different books, and it’s been great! I’m not just making time for books I got this past Christmas, but also ones that have sat on my shelf for far too long. Making time before bed to read a few chapters has helps me sleep better, wind down my busy day, and escape to a different world. I am currently dwelling in different time periods, various romantic scenarios, parts of history, and more. I vowed last year I would not read ten books at once again because that was overwhelming. Five is a good limit, though, at least for me.

I don’t think we can argue how much we love books, no matter what genre or topic interests us. Whether we enjoy scholarly works, a classic, a recent bestseller, and so on, we feel something. Literature is a beautiful, powerful, and moving art. It is no better from other areas of the arts like dance or music. I know I sound like a broken record, but I just cannot stress enough how much books mean to people, and not just myself.

For me, unplugging from the devices and reading more since getting sick is helping me slowly rebuild my time for writing. My creativity is budding again, and, well I’m feeling inspired!! Before writing, the books were my first love, and still are!

Unplug for a few minutes or an hour a day, and open a book instead.

Happy writing!

The Multitasking Reader: Does Reading a Lot of Books at Once Decrease Interest Later On?

A quick note before I write this week’s post:

I apologize for no post last week due to suddenly losing my Internet and a busy schedule. Also, thank you all for your suggestions on what I should talk about in my blog this year. I appreciated your feedback! Keep your ideas coming!

Now back to the blog…

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This thought may be a given because it’s a struggle us writers and avid readers face every day: reading multiple books at once. I am guilty of this, especially because I find when I focus on one book at a time, I lose interest faster than if I focused on other stories. On the other hand, multiple books at once means you might take longer to go through a single book.

Some of you may have a Goodreads account like I do and use the site to keep track of your to-read list, what you’re currently reading, leave reviews, and so on. My Currently Reading list contains four books right now, including one I decided to reread with Valentine’s Day coming up. Before the end of 2017, I had as many as ten books I was reading at one time!

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That was pretty overwhelming. A few were later abandoned because by the time I resumed reading them, I lost interest and deleted the book from my list. I also wanted to start 2018 off by tackling books I haven’t read yet and any new ones I got for Christmas, so any books that were still on my list had to be read FAST. That extra push to try and complete that goal made the reading experience more difficult, and leaving me wondering why I had left so many books unread or unfinished.

I don’t want to do that again. Books are meant to be enjoyed, not read just to achieve Reading Challenge goals (even though it’s fun to try and beat the goal you set). Books help us escape from life for a while. make us laugh, cry, or feel inspired, and maybe even inspire us with our own writing.

This year, I’m trying to limit how many books I read at one time so all can be enjoyed. Two of the books I’m currently reading, for example, have been on my list since last year: The Pharaoh’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews and Once Upon a Summertime by Melody Carlson. I’ve also decided to make time for rereading books I loved because they shouldn’t be collecting dust after only being read once. Plus, when you read a book a second or third time, you remember things you forgot and pick up on little twists you might have missed the first time. You also remember why you loved a certain book in the first place.

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I’m not saying you shouldn’t read multiple books at once. I think reading a couple books at one time keeps your mind busy and you explore different worlds. But, keep the number limited to what you’re comfortable with so you don’t lose sight of books and eventually have to get rid of them because you lost interest. Also, setting reasonable goals, like the number of books to read this year for the Goodreads Reading Challenge, are another good rule of thumb; I keep mine at 15 to 20. Sometimes I raise the number if I feel I can do more.

So whatever your style of reading multiple books at once, what should matter most is what you’re comfortable with and that you get something out of the story you read.

How many books do you usually read at one time? Have you stopped reading a few because of reading so many?

Share your thoughts!

Happy writing!