It’s been 11 days since I started writing a minimum of 1000 words every day for my Blogtober posts, some even crossing 2,000. And I wanted to do a blog post today without breaking the streak, but also ease up a little. Because writing, in whatever format it may be, can be tiring. So for today’s Blogtober post, I thought I’ll do a short but fun list in which I list out the problems that readers face on a day to day basis. 😉
We live in a capitalistic world, unfortunately, where everything requires money. We look for affordable things because the more money we save, the more our future becomes secure. But there are some things that we do for the pure love of it. Books are one such. Still, our hearts plummet when a book we really want to read is expensive AF and we look for ways to read without offending our pockets. So I thought, why not share some of the ways that I get books at cheap prices with you?
A few months ago, I was idly scrolling through social media, nothing registering in my mind, when I came across this question that someone had put up, asking, “Why do we see books that a majority loves as ‘overhyped’? Why is it that if a majority loves a book, their collective opinion is considered untrustworthy?” And this stuck. It got me thinking. Because it’s true. We always say that people are making an unnecessary fuss out of a book, that they are hyping it up, and that they ‘lied’. Why? How is their opinion of something a lie? How can an opinion be a lie?
Being a bookworm doesn’t just mean that we’re obsessed with books. Of course, that obsession stands above and beyond everything else, but there’s also a thousand other subcategories that we fawn over. We see anything with a book quote on it or anything we can use for books and go absolutely nuts. Bookish merchandise can be so addicting, so intoxicating to look at, because of multiple reasons. a) They are book-related. Duh. b) They are useful. Double Duh. And when they’re easy on the eyes, c) Their gorgeousness makes you want to go back for more. Once you start on them, you just cannot stop. I’m no different, to be very honest.
Till the end of 2021, every month saw me making a TBR list. For the uninitiated, a TBR or To-Be-Read list is a list of all the books that one wants to read in a particular period of time. And I was a huge fan of making these lists, both for myself and for my channel. I used to get so excited at the prospect of making a new list every month. Fresh books that I could pick! New worlds of possibilities! Oh, the joys of making a TBR every month! It gave me joy and it gave me the views – a combination that is amazing for a creator!
Reading books is a wonderful, life-changing experience. Everything that got you into this habit, you remember with fondness and sometimes (like me), an emotion that threatens to spill every single time. As you continue to read, those vague answers you had to people asking, “How do you read so much?” might not become clearer. But you have a list of answers and reasons ready to the “why”.
I read a total of 17 books – 11 ebooks and 6 physical copies – in August and September 2022, of which 2 were DNFs. I’m pretty happy with my reading because I’ve taken to taking it easy. I’m no longer pressuring myself into wanting to read my whole TBR at once. I know it’s not possible and I know it will take time to get through the number of books that I have. It’s a freeing feeling to have and I’m hoping to continue in this vein for as long as possible.
Over the past few months, starting with my huge break from social media at the beginning of the year, I’ve started watching TV shows in a foreign language. I won’t say which one because I’m not ready to reveal that yet. But watching these shows and getting obsessed with them to the point where I rewatch every show in quick succession has made me realize one thing about myself: I tend to notice small details that were probably written off as creative liberty. While sometimes this liberty can be dismissed, at other times, the event in question has such a tiny possibility of happening in real life that leaving it as it is borders on the bizarre.
“This is the thing about life. If you are a nobody, you are free. The day you become somebody, attain power, you lose your freedom forever. Power and fame come at a price, which is accountability and peace of mind. The more public you get, the more answerable you become.”
It is a universal truth that man is a fickle and impressionable being. And this quote from Abhaidev’s newest release, The Gods Are Not Dead, perfectly summarizes what a man is and what he is capable of. It is also self-explanatory, for it captures the soul of the book it appears in.
The world is a weird place to be living in. On one hand, we think of all the possibilities that await us, the people we can be, the change we can bring. But on the other hand, the system in place is one that actively makes sure that a huge percentage of people don’t get the chance to prove themselves. It’s an ableist, capitalistic world that focuses on money. Yet, when it comes to paying people for doing their job, they are met with resistance and derision from the unlikeliest of places. Perhaps because here, too, it has decided to be selective with nobody having any idea about what the criteria are. Book reviewers face the worst of this treatment.