Books and Our Emotions

Last week I posted a review about a book that had taken me literally years to read:I DID IT!!!

The reason I’m writing this post is because in my previous post, I pointed out that I had had trouble with reading this particular book for years, and I do mean YEARS. I wont get into too much detail about what happened. Long story short, I went through and was going through a nasty breakup when I first started to read the book. There we two girls who made my life a living nightmare and ended getting a lot of people to hate me. Without these people having a conversation with me.

The book ended up being too close for comfort, because a lot of theme of the book was this women getting attacked from all sides. Most of the attacks came from people she cared about and with no one talking to her at all.

The point of my post today is that sometimes this does happen and most of the time it can be very unexpected. In fact, there has been recent discussion over the last couple of years about even putting “triggers warnings” in the front of some controversial books.

Trigger warnings are important — and so are books on sensitive subjects

I think with a lot of us who like to read, we read to escape, and it can be very disappointing when we come across a book, that we were so excited to read and then realise, we cant’. I just want to tell you all:

IT IS OKAY TO PUT THE BOOK DOWN

Never ever force yourself to read a book you just cannot. It is okay to go to yourself “I cannot read that right now” I don’t care how much you were looking forward to it, or if it is really popular…Put It Down! There’s really only one way to make sure you start to hate to read and that would be to make yourself read a book you are just not ready for.

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One thought on “Books and Our Emotions

  1. I once read a book that reminded me of my awful relationship with my ex. But instead of putting the book down, I felt I had to keep reading because I wanted to know how the heroine was going to handle it.

    I tend to have more of an issue with films rather than books though. I recently went to see The Girl On The Train as a form of escapism and to forget the problems I was having. Turned out to be completely the wrong choice as some of the themes were mirroring things that were going on in my life. It was a very uncomfortable experience and I just wanted to be out of there.

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