See, I know, you know (maybe not, but in case you’re old timer here, you already knew) but for clarification for the stumble uponers, I’m saying it again, I used to be a book blogger…reviewer…or whatever fancy term I called myself before. Point is my focus was book. My blog was about books. Anything bookish things, actually. But mostly book reviews. Still, it was books. Then this happened. And I try. And I try and try to look back and it is HARD! Very hard!
Was it good? Sure, but by the time I was swallowed whole by my long lost love (anime, by extension manga) I was developing albeit hesitant to admit burnout from reading books. Look, I was devouring almost 200 titles and it was only May then…I almost emptied by active TBR list and it was sooo surreal. All those books got a little bit “repetitive” so I was really craving for something new! Also, strangely enough, it was also something I was missing. Many friends suggested me to watch Attack on Titan. And the rest is history.
After trying so many anime for the past couple years trying to do the catch up game, it opened like a floodgate to my love for manga, graphic novels, webtoons. It’s like a combination of both I love: reading & watching anime. I’ve become more of manga reader and less anime watcher. I have accumulated tons of manga TBR. So who to say I’m not reading anymore?? I read! Almost everyday, possibly in my every free time. I’ll probably slouching on the coach reading manga or webtoons!! (or doing blogging or translation on the side, I’m a simple woman, you know)
But I still think I still like reading books. But I don’t think it’ll be as huge and high as it was back in, say 8-9 years ago? or until I regained my slumbering weeb side. I still want to read books. I still check bookstore and books, but not in any effort to revive my bookish persona anymore, if there’s one thing I learned with this experience is reintroducing my love of reading books inorganically is futile. Right now all I want is that time where sincerely enjoy a good book, and not because of some deadline I need to meet because I’m running out of time, when that isn’t true at all. I’m just making it up and pressuring myself unnecessarily. So yeah, all I want is to read book on the right time I’m actually ready and in the mood. So when is that…that still remains a question.