Some Reading Updates!

i’ve gone through a lot of changes in the past 22 years. while many aspects of my life are in flux, one factor always remains constant: my love for reading. i fell in love with reading as a child. as a young teen, when my eating disorder took over my life and everything was darkness, i turned to books as a source of light. each novel was a quivering flame in a sea of suffering. i discovered that words gave me hope. the stories i read took me out of my own life, the one where i was in constant pain, and brought me somewhere beyond. to this day, falling in love with a beautifully written story is one of the greatest feelings in the world.
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the past few weeks have been marked by unpredictability, by fear, by instability. i’ve turned to books during this time to once again bring me somewhere beyond. to help me cope. and quite frankly, to keep me busy. pictured above is my quarantine stack, aka the books i’ve read between march 10th (when i left school) and today. for my thoughts on each one, you can check out the ‘reads’ highlight on my profile. each one was fantastic. the nightingale and untamed are my favorites from this stack! . .
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some details about my personal reading habits: yes, i buy my books new during this time. i’m eager to read, and ordering online is the way i’m choosing to nurture this practice right now. expensive? a bit, but this is an investment in myself. i pass my books along to friends and family when i’m done, so i know they’ll be used and well-loved beyond my initial purchase. i also prefer tangible books over e-books as this allows me to find time off-screen and give my eyes a rest (i spend *plenty* of time online, so im all for reducing screen time)! i make sure to always have a highlighter with my when i read to note passages that simply took my breath away. i go back and read these later. they fill me up. words heal.
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i spend hours reading. sometimes i spend whole days reading. this is the number one way i’m practicing self-care during the chaos of the current moment. i could not encourage this practice more. drop suggestions below for my next round of reads please! 🥰