I was stuck in a reading slump lately. Even though exams are long gone, I still want to finish the books that I started during university and never got around to finishing. I was excited to get them over and start with something fresh, but somehow it always takes too long to finish them, and I lose motivation in the process. In one of Ruby Granger’s latest videos, she offered me the solution: dedicating a day to a read-a-thon to re-gain perspective on the beauty of reading.
So, this is what happened. I took a whole day to finish “The organised writer” by Anthony Johnston, “Mythos” by Stephen Fry and “The Chimp Paradox” by Prof Steve Peters. The first was a highly motivating read that helped me to gain perspective on my goals and objectives in life, reminding me that becoming a freelance writer or simply a writer in general, requires method, organisation and compromise. “Mythos” was slightly confusing, as it talked about Greek figures of legend that happen to have very similar names and accomplish very similar tasks. It was a challenge, but I loved it nonetheless, since the beautiful style of the author made it a fun and entertaining read. Lastly, “The Chimp Paradox” helped me to gain perspective on my own behaviour and the way I relate to others, letting my “Chimp” overcome my rationality, leading to overreactions. I am certainly over-simplifying all these works, but they really were worth it and helped me to get excited for what is to come. Now, I am ready to enrich my reading list with “The Miniaturist” by Jessie Burton, “Kolinsky Heights” by Lionel Davidson and “Story Genius” by Lisa Cron. This reading frenzy helped me to break through the stillness I was experiencing, so I highly suggest you try this too if you are finding yourself unexcited to read more!
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