It is nearing Christmas time! This means Christmas break is soon which means almost a month off which means LOADS OF READING TIME!I’m quite thrilled since I’ve just jumped back onto the bandwagon of reading daily.
Let’s jump back two and a half weeks ago though: The two N’s, Netflix and naps, were sucking me in and I was drowning in a pool of papers and exams. Obviously I was skillfully avoiding all responsibilities when I realized I had not read a book for pure pleasure in a while. Naturally I picked up a book. After about a half hour or less I set it down. I picked up another and again, I set it down. I repeated this process three times. Every novel I seemed to pick up couldn’t maintain my attention. I was getting worried. Have I lost my ability to enjoy reading?! Should I go back to Netflix? Is the world ending?! Dramatic you say? Not at all!
Well in order to avoid near apocalyptic tragedy I put Self-Control (a computer app that blacklists whatever sites you ask it to for a set amount of time) on and sat in front of my bookshelf. My eyes scanned my many TBR novels, attempting to pinpoint the exact book that could reel me in and give me my reading mojo back. Then it hit me: the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
I had never read the series (my childhood was obviously lacking) and I knew it was fun (unless everyone in the history of ever had lied to me). I mean wizards, magic, adventures, and more? It definitely beats the reality of college finals that’s for sure.
Fast forward present day: I am knee-deep in the fourth book and I’m not about to stop. I devoured the Harry Potter the Prisoner of Azkaban in one whole night and had to grab the Goblet of Fire right after. My reading mojo is back! Now hopefully, with so much spare time, by the end of Christmas break I will have read not only the remainder of the Harry Potter series, but also a few other books!
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling because I’m already too far deep. Hogwarts has entrapped me and I am bound to the series until I’ve read every last page; however I’m not really complaining. The picture/link posted for the Harry Potter series is also my dream Christmas gift. The Bloomsbury Harry Potter Paperback Signature Editions are absolutely stunning. The cover art’s minimalism and use of color is what really won me over in contrast to all the other editions.
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien because the LOTR films inspired my desire to venture off into Middle Earth. If the movies were that good then I’m hoping the novels will be better. However, I am only going to start out with the first book since I don’t want to get too ahead of myself.
Buried In Books: A Readers Anthology by Julie Rugg because it has been sitting in my TBR stack since last year’s Printers Row Literary Fest and anything dealing with bookworms, book obsessions, and the love for the written word easily makes my heart skip a beat.
What will you be reading during your Christmas vacation? It’s always fun to hear what others will read in their spare time!