I give too much space to books that won’t do anything for me. I have noticed recently many examples that illustrate this point. For example, I was telling someone certain things about The Mortal Instruments series. I realized I know so much about the series even though I have not completed any of the books in the universe. This probably is not that bad considering the series came out around the time when I was still reading young adult books. The issue comes in when I went to the store a couple of days ago and saw the newest book. I knew about it because one of my email subscriptions talked about it. Why do I follow/subscribe to something that tells me about books I am trying to get away from? One of the big issues in moving forward in my reading is cutting the ties that keep me connected to the toxicness in my reading.
In the past I have mostly focused on connecting-following more people who read what I like to read at the moment. I did not really put my sights on the opposite, cutting cords- disconnecting from the things that keep me connected to toxicness. I say toxicness because the little bit of fiction (and some of the non-fiction) I’ve read so far this year is making me have reading slumps.
What I am doing so far to disconnect:
managing the settings of places that can be converted
looking at the bad habits that keep me connected
Arguably, the biggest thing I have done so far is go through my email subscriptions (haven’t done this in years so know that it was time-consuming). Seeing how many company/blogs I subscribed to that are not where I am in my reading interests it is no wonder I had such a hard time moving on. I might do a post on the aftermath of doing this.
I am coming into 2016 facing certain truths I really needed to face probably years ago (sadly). I honestly did not have the words/consciousness to see or address these problems so that is why it took so long (also, I still had good fiction around). Fiction at the moment feels like a weak link that is dragging down my reading. I cannot say if it is the books I’m picking, fiction in general, or the just a phase but I can say that right now I feel a need to step back from fiction.
Recently, after finishing Belle I wanted to read another non-fiction book or novel that dealt with a similar subject. I really felt the glass ceiling of publishing currently and in the past. One of my new years resolutions was to find more people to follow. The problem is that I feel there is a lack of blogs, channels, or just places I can latch onto who are at/going in the direction I want to go in my reading. After feeling this for a couple of days I came to a way to possibly alleviate this issue, building.
Building is just basically getting certain books that will help me work toward other books that I want to get into. I got Impossible Purities for example to find out about Victorian novels with black women as main characters. Right now, I feel a bit excited about the possibilities of non-fiction in general. I’m trying not to get too excited and put everything on it. I just feel with non-fiction like I am acquiring knowledge that I wouldn’t with comics, picture books, or fiction. So hopefully by the end of this year I will build a beautiful tree of knowledge.