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Reading Vivaciously Through Another

When I’m not completely exhausted from life, I love to read. On average I read anywhere between 85 to 110 books a year. Lately I’ve been trying to up that number but, unfortunately, there’s only so much time in a day. Usually it only takes me about a day or two, three tops, to read a 300-400 page book. I felt really bad this last week because I received and advanced reader copy of a story and it took me 10 days to read it! 10. whole. days. It made me feel like crap because I was tasked with a mission essentially and I felt like I was dropping the ball. Because of that, and many other factors, I decided to rearrange my life a little to heap more of what want to do on my plate instead of what I didn’t want to do. (Goodbye long-term, online job)

What’s nice about having book loving friends is during those times mentioned above, I have friends spamming me about the book I gave (forced) them to read. My co-author is currently telling me about the part she’s at in the current series I told her to read and I LOVE it! The express reason I buy books, besides to support the author, is so that I can share them with others and they can tell me all about it. I know I already read it but re-living it through another person’s perspective, especially my friends is such a fantastic feeling. To know that they are feeling the things that I felt at the time I read that part of the story makes my feelings feel a little bit more validated? You know how sometimes reactions are over exaggerated? I feel like mine are sometimes. It probably stems from the fact that I can be overly emotional at times but when my friends are feeling the same excitement, emotional, wtf feelings that I felt then I’m for sure certain it’s not just me.

Another great thing I like about sharing my books is it encourages me to go out and find more, new authors to read. Currently I’m thinking about exploring the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold. I’ve been on a science fiction fantasy kick lately and I’ve heard a lot of great things. But I’m hesitant to jump in this series since A Court of Wings and RuinΒ by Sarah J. Maas is coming in days and I’ve been anticipating the release of this book for over a year! My co-author is currently reading the Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews. This is her first foray into urban, paranormal fantasy coming off her contemporary romance kick. My other friend has decided to start reading historical romances coming off her own science fiction series. It also strongly encourages me to do re-reads. So far I’ve made a list of all the books I plan to re-read once I fulfill my Goodreads challenge which involves reading 100 books this year not including re-reads. (I’m at 27 so far and we’re almost half way through the year! I’m so behind!)

I always know that whatever I read will most probably be a hit with them. Whenever they finish a series, they always ask me, “So what am I reading next?” I always have my recommendation list handy and ready to recommend something to them so that I can vivaciously read through them all over again.

Do you have any activities that you enjoy even more because of your friends? Do they provide encouragement or similar feelings? Feel free to share in the comments!

Nel

Happily married, bookaholic, Netflix-a-holic sharing random experiences and interpretations of my world which is brutally honest most of the time.

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  1. James J. Cudney IV

    Hi. Great post. I’m in the same place with my reads… 104 committed, but I’m about 10 ahead right now. Been in a non-reading slump for 6 days. Not sure if I’ve just been busy or it’s the book I started last weekend.

    As for friends… it’s great you have people to share all that with. And 10 days happens every so often with a read, don’t beat yourself up about it!

    Most of my in-life friends are not really readers, so I’m more on my own when it comes to all this stuff, which is totally fine. Online friends rock too.

    But when I do share a book recommendation, it’s usually well received too.

    Great post, I look forward to more.

    1. Nel Post author

      I hate the non-reading slumps. It’s funny because leisure reading is sometimes seen as unproductive but I feel I’m not productive enough when I don’t read! Do you use Goodreads to track your reads? I agree. Friends in any form rock!

        1. Nel Post author

          My slump is ending! It’s always a great feeling when the finale of a series you’ve been waiting for has finally been released! I think you’re slump will end soon too!

    1. Nel Post author

      You are crushing it! Any reading you do throughout the year is awesome! It just happens to be my de-stressor, anxiety reliever, what I do when I’m bored, etc etc when I’m not binge watching something through various streaming apps

        1. Nel Post author

          You’ll have to share what you learned from those reads. The water book and the two brain books look quite interesting!

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