Mar. 12th, 2017

glitter_n_gore: (emma)
Dear Self,

I hereby give you permission to stop reading non-fiction books. No, really. It is okay. Your TBR pile needs pruning anyhow. Because let's be honest - you will not finish any non-fiction book you start. No matter how pure and noble your intentions. Loved that movie based on a true story first immortalized in a 500-page science-y memoir thing? Just watch the movie again. Let people know the memoir thing exists and where to find it. (Libraries are magical places!) But darling. Don't bother reading it. You will get twenty pages in and get bored. Every time. It doesn't matter how interesting / important the subject matter is to you, or how well-written the words, or solidly structured the pacing. You will not finish it. Just put it back on the shelf and move on to something you'll actually read.

Here's the thing: there's an art to expanding your reading horizons. It does not mean you *must* force yourself to read things that just don't hold your attention. You're allowed to sigh, close it, and say, "Well, there's nothing wrong with it, but it's not for me," and then MOVE. ON. You can love reading without loving every single thing you attempt to read. You already know this. You just need to apply it to things that are "good books" as deemed by all the people who you normally turn to for recommendations and reviews, rather than crap books you don't think are worthy of your time anyway. Books don't have to be "bad" to be returned unread.

It is really all right to walk away. Stop guilt-reading. Stop pulling things off the shelf you feel like you *should* read even though you know on some level you'll just renew it four times and never open past the introduction. Stop acting like you're being graded - you're not. The books aren't going anywhere. You can always have another try later if you want. In the meantime, just go for that new paperback ghost story by one of your favorite authors you know you'll devour in three days.

Life is short, kiddo. Don't waste it reading decent books you just can't make yourself finish. Read everything else instead.

Love,

Me.

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