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Keep calm and read a book! (ft. bakerdays)

You know I love books by now… Everyone knows I love books. They are my calling. My soul-mate. My one true love. I honestly do not know what I would do without books and the incredible stories and lessons then hold within them. I’ve loved books ever since I was little and it was my mum which firmly got me into reading, after she used to read to me of a nighttime, tucked up in her bed when my dad used to work nights. We got through Harry Potter and Narnia and since then, I started reading Jacqueline Wilson books religiously. I’ve never lost my love for books and reading although it has dwindled in places down the line. Like when I was 18 and would much rather be drunk multiple nights a week rather than getting lost in my favorite books!

Although I’ve since rekindled my love for reading, built a blog and a business around books, there’s still times where my reading dwindles again for whatever reason. A tough time at home or with my boyfriend. A bad mental health day. A busy week. But I think that’s normal, for people to get into reading slumps for a variety of reasons. However, what I personally find very damaging for myself is when I neglect books in the times where I need them most. Reading isn’t a chore (even if it’s a review copy!). Reading isn’t a lesson in school that we hate but just have to endure. Reading is pleasure. Reading and books is an escape and a friend who is there for you when sometimes, nobody else is. And I want to take that mind-set into next year and try and keep a consistent love for reading and remember that my books are there to be read and to be loved even in my darkest times.

And today, I wanted to do a post about why you should keep calm and pick up a book in the new year! Why maybe you should venture into new and unknown territory and add “read more” onto your New Year goals list. Why you should vow to read more and reap the benefits in the New Year!

Oh and shout out to bakerdays for the cake featured in this post! This is not a sponsored post as I won this cake from Beth Louise but I chose the design specifically for this blog post and I can also confirm that it is a bloody good cake! I’d highly recommend bakerdays for their letterbox cakes (I have previously worked with them before, here) and you can find their website and their huge range of gorgeous cakes here! Anyway, on with the list!

1. It’s inspiring and motivating: You may meet some characters who totally inspire you and in turn, motivate you to do better in your own life!

2. It’s escapism: There’s nothing wrong with putting things in place for if you need a time out. The New Year is all about goals, goals, goals and pushing forward in your career, your travels, your life. But don’t forget that it’s important to have down time, too. You don’t have to be on it 24/7 and reading is a great escape which allows this.

3. It teaches you things: And I don’t mean picking up a book from the library on “how to garden“, teaching you how to garden! Although that’s great if that’s what you want to learn (personally, I’d love to learn how to garden a bit more next year!) but even fiction books can teach you a whole bunch of lessons about life, love and yourself which you can take with you throughout the year.

4. It’s not expensive: Reading could possibly be one of the cheapest hobbies out there. Make the most of your local library! Because then you’re supporting your local community, too!

5. It’s good to step out of your comfort zone: Try new books, new authors, new genres. For me, I want to try an audio-book next year because that’s something I’ve never done nor wanted to do. Stepping out of your comfort zone doesn’t always mean big, huge things like moving to another country! We all grow by doing things weren’t not 100% sure about at first and that counts for little things as well.

6. You may find something you love that you weren’t aware of: If you’re not already an avid reader, I’d always suggest just trying things. And if you don’t like it, whatever. But you never know, you might find an author or a genre that you absolute adore and boom! You’ve got a new passion.

Are you aiming to read more in 2018? What are your reading goals? Any books you’re hoping to tackle next year? Or do you have anything to add to this list? Let me know and let’s chat books!

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

90 Comments

  1. […] fortunate enough to feature one of these on my blog before and I also won one from someone else and featured that one here (I bloody loved this one!) so it’s pretty evident that the Letterbox Cakes do not get old on […]

  2. Fantastic post 🙂

  3. I love this post babe! I love reading but I normally read more in the summer! xx

    Jamie | http://www.jamies-corner.com

    1. I also read a lot in summer!

      1. Reading is the best!

  4. I was such an avid reader from ages 12- 18 but over the past couple of years I haven’t been as interested in books. I would love to read more of the classics this year, and to finish all the half-read books on my shelf.

    A Sparkle Of Grace

    1. I would like to read more classics but I’m not really into that genre xxx

  5. I love reading, but have been struggling to find what to read next. I love historical fiction and fantasy and little bit of sci-if, but I’ve been trying to branch out into realistic fiction. I recently read Romancing the Throne and loved it, so I think I’m going to experiment in that genre in 2018

    1. Sounds good! Always good to experiment with genres (: xx

  6. thenorthernwritesblog says:

    ahhh yes, reading. It’s one of my biggest loves. It helps me deal with stress, worry, anxiety, everything. I can just escape and I LOVE IT!

    Hannah @ The Northern Writes | http://www.thenorthernwrites.co.uk

    1. That’s great to hear (: xx

  7. This year in particular I’ve started making much more of an effort to get back into reading. I used to read loads, then when I went to uni I stopped reading for pleasure at all and it’s taken so long to get the love for it back. But I’ve managed to hit my target of 52 books this year and I’m definitely going to do the same again next year – reading helps me so much, gives me a bit of ‘me’ time away from social media or screens and I absolutely love discovering new stories. It’s so nice to have re-discovered that passion for it!
    Beth x

    1. 52 books?! Wow! Well done. I only set myself a target of 30 and it looks like I’m not going to do it by 1 so I’m pretty gutted! xxx

  8. I used to be a serial reader but 2017 wasn’t a very good year for reading. Caught up with only a few novels. Hope to read and write more next year!

    http://www.aditispen.com

    1. Hope next year is a better reading year for you! xxx

  9. Britt | Alternatively Speaking says:

    I definitely plan on reading more this year. I started off doing quite well in 2017 and then it got away from me. I need to get refocused.
    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca

    1. Yep exactly the same! I’m not actually going to finish my Goodreads goal either cos the end of the year has been so bad for reading! Re-group, re-charge and try again next year! xxx

  10. CharlotteShares says:

    This was such a refreshing post to read 😊 I love reading but I rarely ever make time for it. Next year I definitely want to set myself the goal to read more 💕

    1. That’s fab news! Hope you read some great books (: xxx

  11. Love this post so much 🙂
    I love reading books and have done from a very early age. I love being transported into a new world and exploring new places through reading.
    I really want to try and read more in 2018 🙂
    Clem xx
    http://www.clemloves.co.uk

    1. Awh yay me too! I hope you read some amazing books in 2018! xxx

  12. As always I love reading your blog! I am trying to read more! Phillip Pullman has a new book out and hoping to get that for Christmas! Great post my love!

    1. Thanks so much! Hope you find it under your tree 🎄 xxx

  13. sharnahsblog says:

    Reading is such a lovely hobby to have isn’t it! My aim for this year was to read 30 books and I have nearly done it, not sure how many I want to read next year, what about yourself? Loved reading this btw xx

    1. 30 was my goal for this year too! I’m 2 away and tbh I don’t think I’m gonna do it – which will be deeply annoying! I’m thinking a little less next year! xxx

      1. sharnahsblog says:

        I am 4 books away and I am going to try my best to do it! Think I am going to just read short books haha! I think with next year I might try 30 again! xxx

  14. This is a great post! I agree with all of your reasons, I definitely need to read more in 2018! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Thank you (: xxx

  15. I really need to get back to reading! I absolutely love it but I haven’t done it in so long! 2018 will be the year of reading x

    1. Yay! I’m so glad to hear that xxx

  16. Abookinggoodread says:

    I’m definately in a bit of a reading slump at the moment, I think mine is all the stress around Christmas. I can’t wait to be back in my reading zone, when I’m in that zone I can read 2 books a week. Think I will treat myself after Christmas to a few books from my list 💕

    1. I totally get that! I also read so much more at the beginning of the year compared to the end xxx

  17. Jenny, I love your post and sentiments . Love of books seem to come early for many and very late for some. I had my parents teach me reading long before schooling started as I hungered to read. Like you I can’t imagine being without books and hope it won’t happen.

    I do agree with your points of what extra benefit reading carries. As to Audiobooks I have tried it but it didn’t feel good to me. I have friends who really started “reading” once they got an audio book. You never know.
    Good luck

    1. If audiobooks get you into reading then that’s great! They won’t work for everyone though – I’d probably feel a bit unproductive if I was listening to an audiobook xxx

  18. Couldn’t agree more! I’ve got loads of new books I’ll be reading over Christmas and into the New Year and I’m also reading some thrillers, memoirs and chick lit too which is a bit unusual for me. It’s fun to explore different genres of books. HAPPY READING JENNY. XX

    1. Ooh yay! That’s great that you’re stepping outside your comfort zone! What Thrillers are you planning on reading? 🙂 xxx

      1. I’m planning on reading I see you by Clare Mackintosh – I read I let you Go and wanted to read more of her writing. Also I’ve got a whole bunch of other books waiting on my TBR pile including Caraval, and a memoir (In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park, Nevernight, and A Boy Called Christmas plus loads of indie authors too! Kind of got lots of books to read and not enough time! Ha ha… xxx

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