The power of reading – How reading gets me through the potholes of life

The power of reading - how reading gets me through the potholes of life

It’s been two weeks since I last posted, and if you follow the blog on a regular basis, you’ll know that I usually post three times a week. So what happened? Well, the short answer is life.

Two weeks ago, life decided to be spiteful and difficult. I spent a week not coping with it at all (with a massive amount of feeling-sorry-for-myself thrown in for good measure). As you have probably noticed, life is full of these nasty little potholes. It really shouldn’t come as such a surprise when things don’t go your way – and yet it does, every single time.

However, after a week full of why-me, I grabbed a book and started reading. It wasn’t a grand masterpiece of literature designed to question the big things that life can throw at you. No, it was a reread of an urban fantasy novel, which I knew would make me smile. Continue reading

Reading Slump: 8 blog posts that will help you escape a reading slump

Reading Slump - 8 blog posts that will help you escape a reading slumpWe all know it. That dreadful state where we just can’t seem to… read. It’s like a bird that’s suddenly lost the will to fly. It’s an alien feeling that hits us every now and then, and it’s frustrating, to say the least. I am of course talking about the dreaded reading slump.

However, there is a solution! There is MORE than one solution, actually, so don’t worry. If you haven’t experienced a reading slump before, know that it can be treated, and you will get your passion for reading back. It is NOT gone forever! And if you’ve been fighting off a couple of reading slumps in the past, the advice listed in the posts below may just help you to kick the annoying feeling to the kerb a little faster than usual! Continue reading

Feeling guilty about reading? 5 reasons why you should let it go!

Feeling guilty about reading? 5 reasons why you should let it go!

Every bookworm will at some point in their life experience feelings of guilt about reading. Heck, some of us experience the feeling on a regular basis! There’s just so much stuff that we should be doing instead of reading (like laundry, buying food, cooking, cleaning and spending time with family and friends), but we still steal a bit of reading time for ourselves – and then we feel terrible about it.

But instead of beating ourselves up about it, we should embrace the all-consuming need to read because it actually helps us in many ways. Below I’ve listed 5 reasons why you should ditch the guilt about reading and instead set some time aside to immerse yourself in a good book! Continue reading

8 of the most common illnesses that Bookworms suffer from

8 of the most common illnesses that Bookworms suffer from

A book a day keeps the real world at bay.

So I got hit by some kind of virus this week (the boring kind that gives you a fever, but doesn’t turn you into a zombie), and I thought my blog post schedule would suffer because of it. However, whilst I was lying in my bed feeling pretty rubbish, a small miracle happened! I got an idea for today’s post – you would kind of have to understand just how little brain activity was going on in my head yesterday to know why an idea – any idea – was a small miracle. Nothing like spending the day in bed to get your creative juices flowing – once the fever haze clears, of course. Continue reading

Top 10 reasons why bookworms need understanding partners

Top 10 reasons why bookworms need understanding partners

In every relationship there needs to be an element of understanding from both partners when it comes to each other’s little quirks – otherwise, a relationship just won’t work. However, bookworms may test their partner’s patience in some rather unusual ways if our significant other doesn’t share the same passion for books.

If you’ve got someone special in your life, you will likely recognise some (if not all!) of the below reasons why you may be driving your partner slightly crazy when it comes to your love of books. Luckily, we all know that bookworms are some pretty amazing people who more than make up for our little quirks! Continue reading

DIY Friday – Luxury dust jackets that get your message across

DIY Friday! Luxury dust jackets that get your message across

Welcome to another DIY Friday for bookworms here at A Little Blue Book! Today I’m tackling an age-old problem for bookworms.

Let me set the scene for you:

You’re sitting somewhere in public, reading your book. Just as the protagonist is about to jump into a flaming underground hole filled with apocalyptic zombies to save the world (only armed with a stapler), someone interrupts you… And then keeps interrupting you, unaware that you are only a few lines from knowing the fate of the main character (and the world) – All because you’re “only” reading a book… Yes, some people see that as a legitimate excuse to interrupt you. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. Continue reading

13 unlucky things that could happen to bookworms this Friday

13 unlucky things that could happen to bookworms this Friday

It’s Friday! Yay! We’ve made it through another week, but before we can enjoy the weekend, we have to get through the rest of today. And today isn’t just any Friday – it’s Friday the 13th! Some of you might think “so what?” whilst others are struggling with your paraskevidekatriaphobia, which to the ones who aren’t in the know is the fear of Friday 13th. Continue reading