Reader Struggles: Meme Mini-Series

One of the advantages of having Goodreads, reading fanpages, and several of the blogs I follow on Facebook is I get to see a whole bunch of reading and book-related memes. Not too long ago, I stumbled upon a list of “Internal Struggles Only Bookworms Will Understand” (link here for anyone interested), which inspired me to create this new Meme Mini-Series.  I love “Reader Struggles” memes because I find so many of them so relatable, and some of them are really funny! I thought it would be fun to share some of the reader struggles I’ve found, with my response to them. I will be starting with the memes on the website above, but if anyone has any other memes they would like me to comment on, please feel free to send me a link!

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It’s a little ironic that this first meme is one that has been especially relevant for me over the past few weeks. One of the biggest issues I’ve always had as a reader is trying to prioritize everything that I need or want to do, and still finding enough time to read. It can especially be tricky because so many of my books come from the library, so I need to make sure to get them returned on time! Just the other day, I told a friend that I wouldn’t play Minecraft with her until I’d finished my book since it was due back to the library soon.

Especially since I’ve started doing reading challenges, I’ve really made reading a priority. When I come home from work or have free time on the weekends, most of it is spent reading. The struggle, like in the meme, comes when there are other things i need or want to do instead. There have been so many days where I tell myself I’m going to put down the book for a bit and play one of my computer games, watch Netflix, etc. and then I end up continuing to read anyway. Usually, it depends on the book. If I’m very engrossed in it, I will happily prioritize reading over just about anything else, but if it’s a book that I’m not so into, I’m more likely to switch to something else.

I think what this meme essentially comes down to is the struggle sometimes with dividing our time. For me, reading is a way to relax after a stressful day and a way to entertain myself. People often ask me how I find the time to read so many books in a year, but the answer is always the same: I make the time. I choose to read instead of doing other things. That is not to say that I avoid other obligations, avoid seeing friends, or skip work to read — but when it comes to my free time, reading is often my first choice. There have been times where I’ve told myself to put down the book and do something else, and there have definitely been times where I respond to myself with “be quiet” and keep reading. If I’m really not in the mood to read, I’ll know pretty quickly and I will put the book down, but otherwise I see nothing wrong with the amount of my time I devote to it!

 

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