This is the first year I’ve been a book blogger, and I love my new hobby! I love reading, I love writing, and on my book blog I combine both. Also, I’ve made lots bookish pals who, like me, have books on the brain. I’ve found my tribe…and they’re all over the world, and we can chat all the time about books! I’m looking forward to some ‘real life’ meet-ups in 2019.
Over the past year, I’ve learned so much more about myself as a reader. However, I’ve come to realise that I suffer from something I’m not even sure there’s a name for, so I’ll have a go at coining the phrase; Book Fear or Book Intimidation? Anyone else got a name for it? While I’ve been going about my daily life (thinking about books) I’ve realised that there have been a few books which have intimidated me before I’d ever even picked them up. Maybe this is a reflection of my own insecurities…who knows – I’m no psychologist. Anyway, like most forms of fear, I’ve realised that I need to just get over it and get on with it! Here are some of the books that I’ve recently feared , and ended up lu-huving!
Circe by Madeline Miller
My knowledge of the Greek Gods has been passed up from my children, who are Percy Jackson geeks! They adore Rick Riordan’s series The Trials of Apollo, and chatter on all the time about the old Olympians. My husband and I shake our heads in ignorance and just enjoy the fact that brother and sister share a common interest. I decided to broaden my own knowledge and tackle Circe, even though I thought I wouldn’t get it. I was so nervous, I couldn’t do it alone! I signed up on Instagram’s Book Buddy Reads. Now I’m wondering what all the faffing was about. I read it.
Reader, I loved it!
Normal People and Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney
Less of a preamble to these. I just didn’t think I’d get either of them, but I did, and I loved them.
Anyone else out there suffer from Book Fear, or is it just me? What books have unnecessarily intimidated you?