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29 January 2013 @ 02:24 am
more books, please  
Um just gonna flail here for a second about how much I love novels and words and fantasy and adventure. TV - I love you, I really do - and I can't believe that it has been so long since I read for pleasure. It's because I don't know where to start or I get picky or I don't have time but right now I most certainly do have time, in fact I shall have an absurd amount of time after my knee surgery and have no excuse not to make massive progress on my 2013 50 books goal. (Okay also my 2013 50 new movies goal. Also what does it say about me that I hava already watched 74 episodes of TV in four weeks?)

Reading also makes me want to write, even though I get somewhat disheartened that nothing of mine will ever be as good. But I want to try. I want to bleed out words and make them life, to write the novel I've always wanted to read.
binged banged boomed: polly thinks you're a crackersheepinbox on January 31st, 2013 03:07 am (UTC)
It's actually beyond humiliating how often I "rediscover" loving books, especially at points of my life where I'm volunteering in libraries or, like now, working in a bookstore. Just. Really?

I saw a post the other day, though, about how fic became a sort of tide-er-over-er for a lot of us during stressful high school/ college days, and how sometimes it's hard to remember how to start a long, in print book that doesn't have familiar characters and story lines you're already invested in. I guess it makes sense? It's hardly like I've ever gone a period in my life where I stop reading, but I did start changing the material from bound books to blogs and fic and LJ and papers and rando other articles at some point in college, and now I cycle between everything a lot more.

BUT THEY'RE STILL THE BEST. I can't even get pissed at myself for rereading favorites anymore because then I get excited to find new stuff again. I never used to like audiobooks, but I commute for several hours most days - half of which is just walking all over the damn place - so they've become super helpful (though I tend to get them... not so super legally always... ugh).

Speaking of walking. When are you having surgery? I feel like I vaguely knew about this, but not actually where or when or what it entailed (wait does that count as knowing? not really. WHATEVER.).

And what books have you been reading?! I apparently missed a fuckton of normal fantasy books growing up because my libraries were awesome on classics and certain children's/ YA authors, but completely lacking in really essential sci-fi/fantasy-ish titles. I've been trying to fill in the gaps for yearssss but I always somehow pick up the shitty ones that make me really jaded!
binged banged boomed: polly thinks you're a crackersheepinbox on January 31st, 2013 03:08 am (UTC)
ALSO WRITING DUDE JUST KEEP WRITING. If you ever want someone to bounce ideas off of/ give concrit let me know! All the writing swaps! All the time!
★ Hotaru: ★ golden light // batmantsuralai on January 31st, 2013 03:31 am (UTC)
That's totally true about fic being a tide-over! I was actually just thinking about that today as I breezed through like five 10k stories but made no progress on A Casual Vacancy. I was looking back at the past four years and thinking that I've read practically nothing that's not a textbook -- except then I realized that I've read a ton, it's just been online.

I reread favorites all the time! It's totally a treat to forget some of the details of a favorite and then go back and rediscover them. I just blazed through the Graceling trilogy and have now begun compiling lists of similar fantasy/sci-fi/adventure novels because I have reminded myself how unabashedly I love those genres. REC ME SOME THINGS PLZ

Re: knee surgery -- I'm finally having the big procedure to FIX my right knee (as much as possible). It's pretty intense and I'll be on crutches for at least two months, probably more like three. :/ But I've had too many bad subluxation incidents over the past couple of years, including torn cartilage and a bruised rib, so no more putting it off and living with the constant anxiety. My plan is to be back to functioning by the summer.