I wasn’t sure whether or not to make this a confessional or a sequel to an older ramble I first penned back in 2016, so I decided to do both. I would recommend you read that one first before continuing this one.
I was also torn on the title as while I do love reading, I don’t read as much as I used to. I considered naming it Confessions of a Former Bookworm but that isn’t true. Let me explain.
When I was little, my parents were very strict with what I was and was not allowed to see or do. I dare say more than most parents as I was so sheltered I didn’t find out about YouTube until my first year in High School, even then they kept an eye on what I watched.
I also didn’t have any game consoles until I was 12 bar a Gameboy Advance SP, even then I only had two games for it. It wasn’t until later that I became a gamer.
So, my passion was reading. I would read for hours on end and I was at the library pretty much every weekend picking out a new book, after it was approved of course.
When I started playing games and watching anime I didn’t spend as much time as I used to reading, but I still read a fair bit. When I got to college I made an effort to try to rekindle the old flame.
Even then as I was getting back into it I found it harder than it used to be. Back then I could just pick up anything and get immersed from the first page, now I have to somewhat force myself to read and I either give up half a chapter in or I sit there for hours reading.
As I talked about back in the previous ramble I still have a bad habit of buying books then never reading them. The book situation has gotten so bad I have filled up half of my wardrobe with books, my bedside drawer is covered in them as well as filled with them and one of my desks is almost hidden under the growing pile.
Yeah, its a problem.
I wish I had a bit more self-control but when I read the blurb of an interesting book I can’t seem to stop myself from buying it. Maybe it wouldn’t be as bad if I read all of them but even if I do end up reading one it tends to be months later when I stumble across it.
It sucks because I wish I could read as well as I did back then but now I get distracted or decide to do something else. Don’t get me wrong, I still read and currently, I am reading more than I used to a few years back but not as much as my younger days.
If you have any advice about how to get back into reading, please let me know!