Reader’s Block

Reader’s Block

The longest I have ever gone without reading was after I finished University.

I had studied English Literature and after being forced to read a huge amount of books per week, many of which were in Medieval English, I couldn’t cope.

I have often written about my love of trashy novels and I think the book that got me back on track was Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher. I found my love again. It was like slipping into a swimming pool and remembering that you didn’t have to think about what to do. It was instinctive.

From there I am back to my old self. Book after book, to the despair of my bank account. The only good thing about the fact that I am now commuting again means that I have some space to read again, although what with the Southern Rail service it isn’t always possible.

But that escape as you zoom to work is the best.

So there it is. Redear’s block from too much reading…. Ironic isn’t it.

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To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. -Winston Churchill

Change is coming, and it is scary.

A few months ago, my boyfriend got offered a job. I couldn’t have been prouder. Until he told me where it is.

The job that he had worked so hard to get, been so stressed about is in a place three hours away from where I live. Now, we’ve done long distance for a year and I know that some people don’t mind. That is not something that I wanted. And so I had to come to a difficult decision. Leave my boyfriend or move.

I am struggling to start long series. I don’t know whether its because most of my books are in boxes in storage or not. All I know is that this big change and my feelings are the same as when I am about to start a book series which is really long. You know there’s going to be a big expense and will take a lot of your time. Do you commit to a series that is ten books plus? Discworld, Game of Thrones, The Belagariad and Mallorean. A few examples of some of the series which I have committed to in the past.

The only one out of this group that I never fully committed fully to was Game of Thrones. I read the first two in full and gave up half way through the third. I am an avid watcher of the TV series and I just couldn’t handle both at the same time. Also I find that I am much more emotionally connected to books than I am a TV Series. This probably is because Game of Thrones is first person. Actually hearing someones thoughts as the action plays on can be quite distressing, especially in this series.

Maybe I’ll try again in a few years once the series has finished and my heart has healed. But my point is that committing to a long series, whether it is the length of the book, the fact it is still being released or the length of the series it is a big deal.

And so is change and I am moving.

I’m really excited but it is also scary. There has been a lot of organising to do so that is why I have not been that active. I’m hoping that this will change now.

Happy reading!