Okay, who came up with these monthly topics? Oh, yeah, right me. Man, oh, man this one is tough. I’m not even sure this one is going to make sense in the end.
How I Avoid my Reading Pet Peeves
I want to keep reading quality books, but quality is determined by the reader so even though I’m not a fan of Harlequin romance novels doesn’t mean they should be erased from the planet. They obviously have an audience and I don’t feel bad that I’m not a part of it. I just don’t read those reviews or venture into that area of the bookstore. Problem solved.
How I Embrace My Reading Pet Peeves
I’m a bit sick of the awkward girl with the special powers she doesn’t know she has and is saddled with saving the world. But every once in awhile I hit a gem that turns the story on its head (or at least its side) and I want to find more books just like that. (See this recent review as an example.)
Insta-love gets a tad boring, but I’ll admit that once or twice year, I want that in my life. The sense memory of falling in love is intense and brings a smile to my face. And usually those books are quick reads and I can get back to the darker novels I tend to gravitate towards. (Have you read this one? Or this one?)
My True Reading Pet Peeve
I wish more authors invested in themselves and their books. I’ve received some horribly formatted books where the story is compelling, but poor formatting or poor editing stops me dead in my tracks. (I’ve found I can get past poor cover art because it’s not staring me in the face once I open the book.) Poor editing or poor layout can kill a book. And I feel like a total jerk when I have to email an author and tell them I can’t finish what seems to be an awesome book because it is poorly edited or the formatting makes it impossible to read.
Investing in your passions is important. I’m a blogger. I don’t get paid to do this (yet). But I’ve figured out that I have to fork out a bit of cash to get this blog to do what I want it to do and I have to invest in MYSELF as well. I’ve found that investing in myself might be the most important piece. So I’ll pay $10/year for a self-hosted WordPress blog on a quality host. I’ll fork out $99 to learn a bit more about social media and become a certified Social Media Marketer. Why?
I’M WORTH IT.
And you know what, you’re worth it, too. Sure, it might mean you take your lunch to work every day or you wait till a movie comes out on Netflix instead of going to the theatre. Or you wait until that new release is available at the library. But it needs to be done if you want to live within your passions. It needs to be done so you can be truly and authentically happy. To grow, you have to invest in yourself. And sometimes, that is biggest step, right? To say, “I’m worth it. I deserve this. I want this. This is mine.” is a big step. And I dare you to take it.
Quick #ShelfLove Challenge Update
I spent some time re-reading in February to prep for the Linn Area Reads event. Markus Zusak is visiting my town in mid-March. So the only #ShelfLove Challenge book I finished is The Book Thief. It was a slow month reading overall for me, but as we get closer to spring I’m seeing my reading speed pick up a bit again.
Total #ShelfLove Books Conquered in February: 3 (2 re-reads, 1 old book).
So what’s your reading pet peeve? And how are you doing on your New Year’s Resolutions?