Last week, I wrote about, How Children's Books Saved My Life. While this is true, the day that my husband passed, I entered what I call "The Reading Slump of a Lifetime." I've been in reading slumps many times. I can't seem to figure out what to read and nothing seems appealing, or to be able to live up to what I had just completed. "The Reading Slump of a Lifetime," began that fateful day and lasted for about 2 years. For many months I had no interest in reading anything at all. Then when I tried to pick up the pieces of my reading life, I began with picture books. I just couldn't do it- picture books didn't appeal and I couldn't even fathom reading a middle grade or YA, not to mention and adult selection. I was simply not interested in reading in the voracious manner that I once had. Books seemed to be of the past, having to do with my previous life- before I was a widow. Reading and books were lost to me. I just couldn't fathom living the same bookish life.
Talking about the reading funk didn't help, so I decided to give myself the gift of time and repeated attempts at reading whatever I thought it might help. Eventually I realized that the bookish life that I so longed for, WAS my life. I just wasn't the same person as I once had been. What I needed was time. Time to heal and become the person that I am today. That person is the bookish girl who loves everything about books, and reading, bookstores, libraries, and anything book-related.
I am happy to report that I am back- the true book nerd that I always have been! If anything, I believe that I am today, an even bigger bibliophile. I read daily, continuously add to my TBR list, blog about books, bookshop regularly, seek out bookish adventures, care for a Little Free Library, visit LFLs, collect bookish knick knacks, talk about books, and decorate my home with bookish decor.
I used to read as many new books as I could. Although reading new releases is something that I do often, I no longer try to "keep up with the Jones'" of the book community. I spend my time reading what I want, when I want. One of my pursuits is to catch up on the wonderful books that I may have missed over the years. So, if you can recommend your favorites from the last 4 years, I'd love to hear about them and possibly add them to my ever-growing TBR list. Please leave the titles in the comments. Let's talk books! Thank you!
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