Books are hard

Confession: I don’t read books! It’s one of the things I would like to do, but find really hard. I read a lot online, and I love words and all things linguistic.

However, sitting down with a book has become strange and difficult lately (well, probably for about ten years, so it’s not a very recent development).

Not a realistic depiction of me.

I’m not one of those people who think that technology is generally bad and that it grabs our attention in an unhealthy way all the time.

I use technology to connect with my loved ones, and I’m grateful for my interweb, my podcasts and all the youtubers I follow and – hello – this blog! I actually drew the doodle for this post while watching Youtube 😀

And – for the record – I don’t think you have to read books to be cool or smart or a good person.

Buuuut, I do think that reading books started dwindling for me after I got a smartphone sometime in the early 2010s. And it’s something I miss, because it’s a different way to relax than being on a screen. And because screens are very connected to work, because I work with digital communication things.

I used to love books when I was a kid and a teen, but somehow the big ol’ internet became my only source of reading material. And also I think years of studying kind of took away the magic of reading and made me think of it as a chore.

Okay, I read a bit

Except comics. I love comics and still read them on paper ❤

I also love the library and go there a lot, bring home books, forget to return them, get fines, pay fines, get more books, etc.

It’s also not completely true that I don’t read books. This year I’ve really tried for the first time in a while, and I actually managed to finish two (!) relatively short books, a novel and a conversation type book – both in Danish. So I guess I do read a bit, but it’s hard for me to stay concentrated for more than 5-10 minutes when reading a paper book.

Visualisation

… Sounds a lot more fancy than ‘doodling stuff’.

Like with the lemon water vs. coffee doodle from last month, I’m trying a bit to visualize myself reading and enjoying it. I think that’s why I drew this doodle, but I didn’t really think about it until after. I don’t know if these soulsearching doodles should be my new thing 😀

What I do think should be my new things, are:

  • not shaming myself for not reading enough books
  • grabbing a book and reading for at least 10 minutes today (without my phone within reach!).

Fun facts:

  • When I started writing this post, I went to look in my pile of library books and scared the crap out of a spider who was living a quiet life in between the books and the bedroom wall. Literally living proof that I don’t read.
  • I don’t own a chair like the one in the doodle, I just sit in my couch or at the dining room table.
  • The crumpled up bits of tissue paper lying around in the drawing are accurate, however. I leave a trail of them wherever I go, and it drives my bf nuts. I’m trying to switch to something more eco-friendly to wipe pasta sauce off myself and mop up the coffee I spill, so now I’m sometimes using kitchen cloths instead.

You get some interesting tidbits about my life when you read all the way to the end, huh?! 😀


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Books are hard

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