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Mental Monday: Reading for relaxation and education

21 Apr 14
Megan

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I’ve gotten back into reading and I’m  enjoying it!

I hope everyone has enjoyed their Easter long weekend and that those of you who are having an extra long weekend in Australia continue to enjoy it! I know that I am enjoying having E home to keep me company for the week.

On top of family Easter events (last one is today), we’ve managed to play some new board games, build some Lego, read some more of our books, go for a short bike ride together and just relax and enjoy ourselves.

I’m loving the fact I’m now able to read again (more than 3 lines at a time) but I’m also finding that it’s a new area in which I need to learn to pace myself…

I love to read and when I was younger I would read multiple books a day. Many nights when mum said lights out I’d go under my blanket with my bedside lamp and keep reading (I even managed to burn a ring in the cover one night because the lamp got too hot). Many, many times I would end up cross-eyed from reading for too long.

From all this you can probably tell that when I get into a good book I struggle to put it down.

Reading is a wonderful escape path. When you’re in a good book you can forget about what’s happening in your real life. If I’m lucky I can block out my pain almost completely!

My goal from now on is to try and find a better balance. Like with drawing I’m going to aim for at least 30 minutes a day but I’m going to try and limit it to 30 minute blocks as well so that I don’t over do it like I’ve done a few times in the last week and many times in the past!

I’m aiming to have one ‘for fun’ book and one ‘education/information’ book on the go at all times. Right now I’ve got a couple of books on Fibromyalgia and ME/cfs from the library and a fun book off our bookshelf that I’m trying to read.

I may review some of these books here, especially the education ones if their relevant. I’ve also joined Goodreads and joined the Spoonie reading group on there so I’ll probably review most of my books there.

Do you like to read?

Do you read for fun or for information?

Do you have any book recommendations?

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  1. bmagpub April 21, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Reading again is good. Glad you are able to cope a bit more. Lately I’ve been reading more non-fiction than fiction – some for entertainment, some for education. I got a book on Marilyn Munroe by Bert Stern “The Last Sitting” (ISBN 9780307391643). A most enjoyable read – and the photography was great. Also, for some great photography, you could try “Dancers Among Us” by Jordan Matters – search him on FaceBook for more photos, too.

    Enjoy your Easter Monday, and the long weekend. 🙂

    • Megan S April 21, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Thanks for the suggestions, I’ll check them out 🙂

  2. AddieMarie April 21, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I LOVE to read, it is such a great escape…when my brain fog allows it (which hasn’t been much lately :[ ). I alternate “fun” and educational/non-fiction books too…helps me feel like I’m learning but not getting burnt out. Right now I am struggling to get through The Feminist Mystique lol…and I mean STRUGGLING. lol. Enjoy your reading! :]

    • Megan S April 21, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      I know what you mean by brain fog affecting your ability to read. I have days I just can’t do anything!

  3. seasonedsistah2 April 22, 2014 at 3:08 am

    I have also found that immersing inside he cover of a good book is a distraction from both physical and emotional pain. Thank you for sharing the artwork.

    • Megan S April 22, 2014 at 8:41 am

      You’re welcome. 🙂

  4. margie April 22, 2014 at 5:04 am

    so glad your having a great Easter -wonderful that you can read again! have a wonderful day!

    • Megan S April 22, 2014 at 8:41 am

      Same to you Margie. Hope you had a good Easter weekend.

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