[A READER’S LIFE] How To Read a Book PROPERLY//My Reading Process//

I know. I know.

WHAT’S SO HARD ABOUT READING ANYWAY?

Open the goddamn book, read the fucking words, pretend to be shocked/moved etc.

RIGHT??!!

Reading is an art. Each step needs to be savored, taken pleasure in. It needs to speak to your soul. Reading a book should incite a change in the deepest level of your being. AND THAT CAN ONLY HAPPEN IF YOU DO IT RIGHT.

Luckily for you, I am here to enlighten you lost souls on how to properly read a book and this I will do by giving you a sneak peek into my own reading process.

Now, it may get a bit intense here but HEY! YOU KNEW WHAT YOU TOOK ON WHEN YOU CLICKED ON THIS POST, YEAH?!

SO NO COMPLAINING and let’s get to it.

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THE WALK

*sigh*

Having finished reading the very last page, I close the book. My mind is still in a haze, unable to process the surroundings I now find myself in.

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Seconds turn into minutes threatening to turn into hours when I snap myself out of a long lost dream, shake my hand off of the last shreds of the world I just left behind in the pages of the beautiful book lying on the bed. It’s a hard decision but a necessary one nonetheless.

I walk over to my bookshelf, admire the general splendor of all the hardbacks and paperbacks, bathe in the quiet reassurance of their utmost beauty and I just keep watching and watching….and watching…

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THE CHOICE

Awe turns into irritation real quick.

Standing in front of my magnificent shelf I become aware of all the brooding eyes staring right into my soul, trying to manipulate me.

EVERY SINGLE OF MY PRIZED POSSESSIONS BEG FOR AN HONEST CONSIDERATION. Making those sweet doleful eyes, crushing my heart.

 

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PICK MEEEE!!!

No wonder it takes me HOURS (sometimes even DAYS) to decide what to read next! But I turn my heart to stone and ignoring all their fictional pleas reach my hand out to rest on a random spine.

YES! THIS IS GOING TO BE MY COMPANION FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.

With a heavy heart, I make my way backback to re-enter a world entirely different from my own.

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THE TRANSITION

Reality as I know it starts to fade away. The world around me crumbles – brick by brick- until it gives way to another dimension.

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Here, I am a captive of the writer’s words. They clutch the insides of my mind and pull me in. No longer am I aware of my previous life. I am living now in the minds of these wonderful, wonderful characterscrazy, flawed, AND MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN BEINGS THEMSELVES.

Yes. I LIKE IT HERE. Can I stay here forever? CAN I?

I am lost in a world of words and emotions and I DON’T WANT ANYONE TO COME LOOKING.

I FEEL SAFE.
I FEEL LIKE MYSELF.
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THE REVELATION

I have lived a full life here, have loved these new friends that I made just a few hours agoloved them like we’ve been together for eternity. Their laughs, their cries, their hopes and dreams, their fears, their shadowsall etched into my mind as if someone had carved them there with utmost care and precision.

But now these lovely people are about to reach the conclusions to their respective storiesall the hardships they had been subjected to are almost at an end. Their wait is over and the things they want are almost in their grasps.

And while that’s good news for them, it’s distressing to me.

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I will soon have to leave them – leave this beautiful world and all these wonderful people. I have come to love their lives more than my own but now I won’t be privy to the details anymore.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF THEY WERE ALRIGHT TILL THE END? THAT NO DANGER BEFELL THEM AFTER WE PARTED OUR WAYS? HOWWW?!!?!

They will move away into the quiet recesses of their own little worlds, to live their own lives and I will become a mere stranger to themA ONE-SIDED LOVER who will continue to obsess over them for days, months EVEN YEARS TO COME!

I AM UNHAPPY. OH, SO UNHAPPY.

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THE HOPELESSNESS

Here I sit, with a closed book in my hands and tears welling up in my eyes.

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It’s agonizing to watch a worlda world that has made me feel more alive than I have felt in a LONG LONG TIMEfade away into nothingness.

It’s a tearful realization but I keep heart. I have faith because I know that these memories that I have stolen from the neverwhere world will now stay with me forever. Because I know that with a flick of the page I will be transported back to that magical world where everything will STILL BE THE SAME.

AHH!! SUCH A LOVELY PROSPECT.

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THE WALK

*sigh*

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Yes. I am back again, scratching my head, trying to avoid those puppy dog eyes!

GOD HELP ME!
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AND THIS, DEAR READERS, IS HOW YOU PROPERLY READ A BOOK!

*PHEW*

I also hope that all you people who think that reading is nothing but looking at words have changed your perception of it now BECAUSE IT IS HARD WORK!!!

*dies of exhaustion and a broken heart*

Soo..do you have the same reading process as I? What steps would you like to add/take away?!?! LET ME KNOW! I WANNA KNOWWW!!!

55 thoughts on “[A READER’S LIFE] How To Read a Book PROPERLY//My Reading Process//

  1. AWESOME POST RAIN- AS ALWAYS!!! TOTALLY AGREE with all of this!! The experience and act of reading requires soo much effort and dedication, which is wirth it of course, but definitely taxing!! Hehe I always struggle to choose a new book, it feels like I am betraying the one I just read 🤣😂 plus you get so absorbed by the world it can be hard to jump into a new one! Also THE EMOTIONS toughhh!! I get so emotionally attached 😂🤣💜
    💖💕💜💜
    BRILLIANT AND FUN POST RAIN — ABSOLUTELY LOVED ITTTT- I loved seeing your reading process !!!!

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    1. YAYYYYYY!! I AM SOOO GLAD YOU LIKED IT Kat! AND THAT YOU AGREEEEE!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ YESSS! SUCH A STRUGGLEEE GODDDD!! I swear I ALWAYS dread that part! Its like I am doing a disservice to every other book by not choosing them! Like I am an impartial mother or something!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣

      YESSSS!! AHHHH!! THOSE EMOTIONSSS! 😍😍❤️❤️❤️

      THANK YOU SOOOO MUCHHH Kat! 😍😍😍 YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW HAPPY AND FLUFFY YOUR BEAUTIFUL COMMENTS MAKE ME FEEL! ALWAYSSS! ALWAYSSSS! NO EXCEPTIONS! 😍😍😍🥺🥺🥺😘😘😘😘💕💕

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      1. LOVED IT!! 🥰😍💖😍🥰 Ahhhh I know the feeling!!!! I have read less this month than last month because it has just been sooo difficult to choose!! 😭🤣😂

        ALLL THE EMOTIONS!! 😭🥰😍💜💜💕

        YOU’RE WELCOME RAIN!!! AWhhhhhh I am so glad they make you happy!! It is me returning the favour for you AWESOME AND FUN POSTS!!! 🥰🥰🥰🥰💕💕💕💕💖💖💖💖💜💜💜💜

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      2. I have read wayyyy less too! Or should I say I have read WAYYY MOREE of Pride and Prejudice! It has taken up ALLLL OF MY TIMMEEE!! 🤣🤣🤣 But I am enjoying it anyway! 😍❤️🤣

        AWWWW YAYYY!! 😍😍😍 YOU ALWAYS SAY THE SWEETEST THINGSS! 😍😍❤️❤️❤️🥳🥳💕💕🧜‍♀️🌟🌟💎🦋

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  2. You have 100% captured what it is like to read a book and become lost and found all in one!! I thought it was impossible to capture the journey but you did it!! And it is incredible!! 😍
    I loved reading this post and it has made me want to stop what I am doing right now and read and read and read!! Getting lost in the world and the characters and their lives!! 😍😍 it is to die for and to live for!!
    This is a wonderful post, I hope everyone reads it!! ❤
    (Also yes deciding what to read next is a big decision!!)

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    1. OH MY GODDD THANK YOU SOOO MUCHHH SOPHIEEE!! 😍😍❤️❤️❤️ I am SOO GLAD you liked it and could relate to it!! AHHHH!! IT IS JUST…reading is such a delightful process ISNT IT??? 😍❤️❤️❤️❤️

      MAGIC!! 😍😍😍

      THANK YOU SOOOO MUCHHHHHH, SOOO VERYYYY MUCHHH FOR YIUR KIND COMMENT SOPHIE! 😍❤️❤️💕💕🥺🥺

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      1. Of course, it was entirely wonderful to read!!! ❤ I definitely could and yes reading is the best, there is nothing else like it!! Magic is a great way to describe tbh!!
        You're welcome, thank you writing it, I loved reading it!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. YESSSS!! Its like you are unable to pull yourself apart from them! YOU HAVE LIVED THEIR LIFE AND ONCE ITS OVER YOU DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO ANYMOREEE!! 😭😭😭😭

      THEY REALLYY AREEE!! ABSOLUTELY MAGICALL.😍😍😍

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  3. Oh, I felt such kinship when you spoke about the uncertainty that assails us when we have to pick up the next book and there is a whole *host* of volumes clamoring for attention! With all these wonderful stories waiting to be enjoyed, choosing just one at a time is sheer torture!!!! 😉

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  4. Oh I love this. There certainly is a dance that must be danced between reader and book at all stages of the process… It begins with that shy look, your eyes quickly take in the shelves…but then one book just holds your gaze… You look away… Look back, look away again… It’s a flirtationship of sorts.
    And then deep breath…
    You take the book down from the shelf. Hurriedly open to page one… Read one or two pages and then you know.
    You just instinctively know if this is indeed the right book for that time…
    If it is you curl yourself away into a cocoon with the book… A lover’s embrace.
    If not you start the dance again…
    Until you find the right one.
    There is no science to this. It’s all based on feeling. Emotion. Sometimes even scent… A book has to smell right. It’s all about those bookish pheromones.
    And then you lose yourself to the book and whatever will come on the journey you share together…

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    1. AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!! LOOKK AT YOUUU GETTING CARRIED AWAYYYYY!! 😭😭😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 AHHH THIS IS THE BESTT AND THE CUTEST AND THE TRUEST COMMENT EVERRR!! 😭😭😭😭❤️😍😍😍😍 I dont know what to say hon but you have described the whole process better than I EVER COULD!!

      OH MY GODD I REALLY AND TRULY LOVE YOU SOO MUCH FOR THIS COMMENT! 😍😍❤️❤️😘😘😘💕💕🧜‍♀️😉

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  5. You’re an excellent writer!

    You especially nail choosing a new book to read. It’s like picking a relationship (even if its only going to be short term) will we get along? Will you be boring? Should I go with someone else? Will we like each other in the end? 🙂

    Great post!

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    1. Oh my god THANK YOU SOOO MUCHHH!! 😭😭😭🥺🥺🥺🥺

      I AM SOO GLAD YOU COULD RELATE TO IT!! I mean its such a mysterious thing really! WHATS GONNA HAPPEN?! You are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT – IT IS EXACTLY LIKE A RELATIONSHIP! And the suspense is what makes it all the more exciting! 😍😍😍😍

      THANK YOU SOOO SOOO MUCHH FOR YOUR AWESOMEEE COMMENT! 😍😍😍🌟🌟💎

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    1. AWWW YAYYYYY!! THANK YOU SOOO MUCHHH!! I am soo glad you liked it! Ahhhh!! Thank youuu!! 😍😍❤️❤️❤️🌟🌟😘😘💕🌟 You are always soo supportive and AWESOMEEE!! ❤️😍❤️💕

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  6. Absolutely BRILLIANT post!! Your reading process is a lot like mine 😁 It’s the choosing that kills me every time, all those other books glaring at me for not picking them 😭 And if I don’t get along with the new read in like 5 seconds I start to doubt my choice, and oooooo being a reader is HARD!!!

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    1. I KNOW RIGHT?!? It feels like SUCH A BETRAYAL! Ughhh!! 😭😭😭😭😭🥺🥺🥺🥺 AND YESSS ME TOOOO!! I mean having picked out the book, it needs to be read ALMOST INSTANTLY otherwise, as you said, doubts start to creep in! 🤣🤣

      Awwwww!! THANK YOU SOOOO SOOOO MUCHHHH, Kelly! I am soo glad you liked it! ❤️❤️🌟😘😍💕🧜‍♀️☔️🦋🌨👻💎

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      1. Sometimes I wonder: could it be I have too many books, if I had fewer books then perhaps choosing one would be easier 🤔🤔🤔 But then I go neeeeeeeh and buy another one for good measure 😂🤣

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    1. Hahhahaa!! I am SOOO glad you felt that way while reading this, Lashaan! 🤣❤️ This was an honest to god glimpse into my reading process and I AM SUPER HAPPY THAT YOU GUYS COULD RELATE! 😍😍❤️❤️

      THANK YOUUU SOOO MUCHHH FOR YOUR SUPER SUPPORTIVE AND SWEET COMMENT! ❤️❤️🌟

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  7. Hahaha! Love your reading process! Entertaining as always 💕💕💕💕💕💕
    I mostly just pick a book up and either vibe with it or not 😂😂😅 And then we either venture into the world of hyper fixation or looking for the next one!

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    1. AWWWW!! THANK YOU SOOO MUCHH, E!! 🥺😍❤️❤️💕🌟

      Hahah!! Well, that’s the easier way and I WOULD LOVE TO LEARN IT! PLEASE TEACH ME TOOO!! 🥺🥺😭😭😭😭 Because half my mental energy is expended on the whole choosing the book hoopla! 🤣🤣

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      1. Maybe it helps that I mostly read on my kindle and keep a shorter list of potential books to read so I’m not choosing out of EVERYTHING I own lol.

        It used to take me forever to pick up the next read too. I guess I got a bit desenticized when I used to read A Lot of books at the same time 😀

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  8. HAHAHAHAHAAHAH OMG Rain! Hahahaha ♥️♥️♥️😘😘😘😘😘😘

    I LOVED this post. Omg that dazed state is so freaking true. I exactly feel like that astronaut just floating in space staring into nothing and everything at the same time.

    My process is a LOT like yours and I’m dying (in the best way) at the choice of your GIFs. Your content writing is fantastic love.

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    1. AHHHHHH!! THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCHHHH, Ahana!! 😍❤️❤️💕🌟

      ISNT IT?!?!? Ahhhh…I feel soo lost too, right after finishing an awesome book! 🥺🥺😭😭😭

      OHHHH HON THANJ YOU SOOO MUCHH! Finding the right gifs takes SOO much time and the fact that you liked them just made me dayyy!! THANK YOU SOO SOOO MUHHH, Ahana! ❤️❤️😍🥺

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  9. You ever have those books, where you reach the end, and then immediately restart at the beginning because it was just that good? Except this time you know where all the best bits are so you skip around reliving the highlights before you put on the shelf? Been a while since I’ve gotten that into a book… your post just made me think of that.

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    1. OH MY GODDD YESSS!! I did that with The Hobbit, Pride and Prejudice, Rough Music, and …and…okay wait…let me think…yep, HARRY POTTER AS WELLL!!😍😍❤️

      And i am SOO glad that this post made you think of such an experience! MAKES ME FEEL HAPPYYY!! And I hope that your next read will be AWESOMEEE!! ❤️

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