Wednesday, 29 November 2017

About A Book

I always talk about not having enough time to read, I see a good book, I pick it up, get a few chapters in then it sits gathering dust. I'm busy, after running around trying to survive this thing called adulthood and parenthood I just want to curl up and watch mind numbing tv or write. The truth is, I have the time to read, I know I do but I choose not to. Instead I fill my nights with wasted time instead of picking up that book I've been looking at longingly.

A few weeks back I walked into a book store with the intentions of buying a good book Katie had recommended to me, it's a self help book of sorts and ever since she told me about it in Ibiza I've been dying to get my hands on it. Unfortunately the store didn't have what I was looking for so I turned round ready to browse the shelves to find something to pass the time of waiting whilst the person I was there with looked at their thing. I never dreamed that walking into a book store could set my soul alight like it did that day, I found a book even better than the one I was originally looking for, picking it up, reading a few pages, it brought so much emotion into my life. I wanted to buy it then and there but was advised that it was cheaper on Amazon, I'm strapped for cash right now so every saying helps. As soon as I got home that night I ordered both books that I was looking at because I NEEDED them in my life. Those books were Milk And Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur.

I'm not sure what it was about these books that drew me in quite as much as they did. I feel like since I put my hands on the pages my life changed some how, I feel, different. The words on the pages jump out at me, pulling me in more and more, never wanting to let me go and I'm ok with that. This is the first time in a long time that I've truly fell for any kind of book this hard, it astounds me that a book can have such an effect on someone. I've read about books like this in people's reviews, how a book became so much more than paper to them and whilst I've loved books before I've never loved a book before, little did I know I just had to find the right one.

I've finished both books now and re-read them quite a few times. I don't read them cover to cover like I did the first time, no, I'll find myself picking them up as scrolling through with my fingers, searching for a poem that speaks to my heart that day. The words are comforting, someone has managed to articulate thoughts I have taken from their own personal experiences and that really gets me. The ones about sexual assault really resonate with my heart, they kill me to read but I love reading them. The ones self love  give me hope and male me see myself in a whole new light, every single one just, just gets me.

It's a marvellous thing finding a book that speaks to your soul and the joy I have now that I've got these books in my life is like no other. Not only do they make me take some time out of my daily life to just concentrate on something that's not mundane, they make me want to read more and I've really been needing that. Since finding love for these books I've went ahead and bought another Karen slaughter book to kick start my reading habits again and wow, does that feel good. 

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  1. I wish I had more time to read too! By time I get home from work I'm just too tired to feel like getting stuck in! Definitely just a Sunday reader now :(

    Great post!
    I'm new to this blogging thing -

    1. Thank you for commenting :) It does seem hard these days to find time to read but I am so glad I found these books that have sparked a whole new love for it again

  2. I love books like this. They're rare finds but when you find them you just love them and can read them over and over! I have heard such great things about these two books, I think I'm going to have to treat myself! x

    1. They really are amazing things, books. I love how they can make you feel, they can spark so many emotions. Thank you for commenting

  3. I LOVE her! her poetry is life altering. so so good! The feeling of finding a book that speaks to your heart is amazing.


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