Why I’m Happy to be Positive ALWAYS

Okay I can’t actually be happy all the time, as I explained in my post about why I’m happy to be negative sometimes. Since the beginning of the year, though, I’ve been a bit of a slump, which has made me more selective about what books I pick up. On the bright side, this book diet has actually been rather slimming, because though I’m reading less, I’m reading BETTER. So I decided to share a list about why this is a good thing and why I ought to stick to this strict regimen… (even though I’d really like to be able to whizz through more books 😉 )

I’m picking up better books– thanks to you guys I’ve been able to realllly screen out a lot of books. So while my tbr is always growing, it tends to be full of books which I have a lot of high hopes for!

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It also means I’m picking the right books for me! Especially with ARCs I’m super selective about what I do pick up- which has worked out well for me personally- cos even if I end up with fewer books at least I’m confident I’ll like them 🙂 . Not everything is my thing- and that’s okay- I just have to make sure I balance out trying out new things avoiding things I know I won’t enjoy.

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And I’m picking them up at the right time! I’m a massive mood reader- so if my mood doesn’t match the story, it’ll be to the books detriment. So actually listening to my mood is helping pick up better timed books.

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Also, if I don’t feel like reading, I’m not reading– which is such a weird thing to list as positive- but I will say it’s definitely helping me be more zen about reading (well, as zen as a stressball like me can be)

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I’ve also been better at keeping things fresh this month– I’ve been trying new things, but mostly reading from different genres, which has helped with the monotony I felt from reading too many series back to back last year.

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It’s FUN– I know I made this point in my post about negativity- yet let’s be fair it’s much more fun to enjoy yourself! Well, while it lasts…

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I feel AWESOME after I’ve written a positive review. It’s nice to spread a little joy and it’s cathartic in a different kind of way. I hope you’re all enjoying my excitement. Cos…

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Who doesn’t like a happy, satisfied monkey? I’ve been showering books with so many bananas that I’m feeling rather sated. Long may it last!!

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So do you agree with me? Disagree? Do you think reading fewer books can be better? Let me know in the comments!

124 thoughts on “Why I’m Happy to be Positive ALWAYS

  1. I completely agree about the not reading when when you don’t feel like reading. I felt a lot of pressure when I first started my blog, and when I first finished school, to catch up to everyone else. But I am learning (slowly) to put the book down if I don’t feel like reading. It really does make a world of difference.

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  2. I definitely agree with you. I have had a mood at times where I watched a film for instance, and did not like it at all. When I rewatched it, I loved it. A mood can really set the tone for things especially with movies and books. I’m a pretty positive guy myself, so I know what you mean. Fun post!

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  3. I used to read so many books, but ever since I started blogging & reviewing books, I’ve found myself reading less and less — but like, you, I’m also reading better books and immersing myself more into the story than just rushing through it. 😊 It’s amazing how much more you can gain from a book by sitting down and spending a few hours thinking about it for a review! That’s why I love book blogging so much — I have an excuse to spend time delving more deeply into the meaning of a book when technically I could be working on something else 😋

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  4. I think you are absolutely doing the right thing. When I read mostly what I wanted to at the end of last year, I found myself constantly dealing out high ratings. At first, I thought that couldn’t be possible. I had gotten all mush and soft in Canada, but it just meant I picked out things that were better for me and my current mood. So, you go! Do what makes you happy 😀

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  5. Huge mood reader here too! I dunno what it is I just really have to be in the zone. If I’m a little tired or something I just can’t get immersed. Also I love your use of gifs😊

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  6. I love this post! All of it! I need to adopt this! I am in the worst slump myself and I just don’t want to read. I think I know why. I have about 6 arcs to read and the pressure I feel over them is big.

    I need to reign myself in and not stress…and catch up on the new series of Vikings!

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  7. I agree!! In january i was reading a lot and finished 6 books, which is a whole lot for me! But now i don’t feel like it and rather than forcing myself, i do something else. Like play story of seasons on my 3DS^^

    There’s other things than reading, even for us bookworms 😀

    I know I want to read again soon, but for now.. nope 😀

    I have turned into a massive mood reader as well. I pick up what i like and that’s working out for me 🙂 planning ahead is fun, but i hardly stick to it

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  8. I definitely agree! I’ve also been reading outside what I normally would and I think that’s making me enjoy everything more. I’m also rereading a lot of stuff, before I’d always be like, “No, must read the newest releases and keep up! No time for rereads!” I honestly think that’s helping to. Helps me remember what I love about reading in the first place 🙂

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  9. This really was a fantastic post. So many great points. I’ve been slowly trying to slow down. Less requesting, more selective, trying to pick books that I think I’ll enjoy. Of course, it doesn’t always work out… but for the most part, I am finding I’m loving a lot of what I’m reading. And you are absolutely right…it does feel good to write positive reviews.
    Awesome post!!

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  10. That’s the right attitude to do this line of work. I’ve seen bloggers who are way to serious and angry in their book reviews. Yours is very easy and nice to read. Keep up the good work!

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  11. This is usually how I feel when I’m getting out of a reading slump – I’m very selective with what I read but I love almost everything that I’m reading, which is awesome! I also get hungry-for-books mood, which means I’m reading everything I can get my hands on but then I tend to read more 2-star books.

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    1. Yeah that’s really great- it doesn’t hurt to be more selective from time to time. And yes, that definitely happens to me too- and then loads of books (maybe even ones I’d have liked more at another time) end up with worse ratings sadly :/

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  12. Positivity ftw! Yeah, I agree with every point you made. No need to pressure yourself into enjoying things you don’t feel like enjoying, because then you won’t really be enjoying it. Glad you’re feeling optimistic about your reading slump! I’m also in a bit of a slump, so I’m just trying to remind myself that I’m awesome for not feeling guilty about it. 🙂

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  13. I completely agree! It took me a while to get to the realization that if you don’t feel like reading a book, you damn well shouldn’t. For example, I started out Turtles All The Way Down the other day, but since I had just finished Looking For Alaska and I’m usually icky when it comes to reading two books from the same author consecutively, I couldn’t fully enjoy it. I picked up #GirlBoss instead and I’m loving it! I totally feel you on the rest to- quality over quantity is best! Especially since for me, I’m experiencing huge burnout issues whenever I read through TOO much, you feel? Thanks for writing this! It was highly entertaining 💛

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  14. Yes! I do love a positive review – I’ve had a few recently which have cheered me right up. Conversely, a one star review can give me just as much enjoyment – it’s the meh 2.5/3 star books that drag you down. I like to swap about between books that I’m reading (usually about 7-8 at a time) so if you’re not feeling a book, move on to the next! And yes, quality over quantity every time. Except a short trashy novel can be good boost for the ego every now and then. I just love seeing that percentage read going up every time I turn the page. Glad to see you’re feeling more positive!

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    1. Yay! That’s awesome! hehe yes, I’m the same- I do enjoy the occasional rant 😉 Wow that’s a lot- I’ll usually just be reading two- one fiction and a non fiction. But yeah, I hear you! hehehe that’s true 😉 hahaha yes! 😂 Thank you!

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  15. I just did a sorta similar discussion on my blog. I guess if we read less books, we’d recall more of what we read and feel less pressured to do reviews. However, reading more and more books is exciting and makes us feel like we’re accomplishing a greater amount of things… I guess it all depends on what the person wants to do. I prefer to do what I’m comfortable with.

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    1. Oh cool- looking forward to checking it out 🙂 Absolutely- that makes a lot of sense. hehehe true! Yes, I agree- obviously I find benefits to both, but if my brain wants to slow down a little, I’m not complaining 😉

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  16. I love this post. Mood reader here also. For example, I binged 4 books week before last and now I’ve been lazily taking my time reading my current book but mostly because I got sucked into watching Once Upon a Time again and I can’t seem to stop to read yet again. I figure when I’m ready to pick the book back up, I will and it’ll be waiting for me. Also, can I just say, you’re the meme queen! I had to scroll through twice just so I could look at all your memes and laugh again cause they’re so funny! 😀

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      1. I’m in season 4. Ursula got her voice back and left and we just found out what snow and charming did to malificents baby. Oh and the wicked witch isn’t actually dead; the sneak! Rest from reading is always pretty great. 😊

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  17. Yes, I agree that reading fewer books can be better. When I attempt to read as many books as I can. I normally pick “quick” books instead of those that interest me, and I read them in such a frenzied state that I miss things. Due to this, I chose not to set a reading goal this year.

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  18. This is such a great and positive post, I LOVE IT SO MUCH ❤ I agree that it's great to focus on what we really want to read and to allow ourselves to take a break and really think about what we want to read next… or not. It's so important to remember to love reading, that we don't have to rush through it all and just need to read at our pace and remember to love it 🙂

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  19. I like to think I’m a positive person (actually I think I am a positive person) and when it comes to reading I like to read what I think I’m going to enjoy rather than a book I think I’m going to not enjoy you know? I guess this is where being a mood readers helps. 🙂
    I always love writing positive reviews (though sometimes writing negative ones is easier) because like you said there’s nothing better than recommending a book to someone and having them love it as well. Spreading the positive vibes! 😀
    Great post. 🙂 ❤

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  20. This is an amazing post! I really enjoyed reading it and have to agree with you to a point. I mostly read what I’m interested in these days, but usually still occasionally participate in at something, like a buddy read or reading challenge, that will challenge me to step outside of my comfort zone a little (genre wise). I’ve found some pretty great stories that way, and eventually found the line between challenging and forcing.

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  21. It’s about time you were in a slump monkey. “amazing post” someone said, “Yucko!” is what I say. Okay so Yucko isn’t actually a word, but at the same time it describes this post perfectly. Perhaps you could try a little more writing and a little less edited Hollyweird drama shots. Maybe you could take some of your own photos to illustrate your point, geeez. This sounds like hate but you know I love you. Better post next time? ❤

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  22. I hope the bananas keep coming! Awesome reads for everyone! I sometimes feel a little wiped with reading when it comes to ARCs. I only pick one once ina while, but when it comes time to reading them, I just keep looking over at the books on my shelf that I’m DYING to read. The ARCs are a chore for me sometimes. Ah well. Onward!

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  23. GAH! I love this post Oragnutan! I soooo want to get on the fewer books bandwagon. I’ve been thinking about it a lot. If I let a couple days go by and haven’t read anything I feel so guilty like I’ve just got to get to a book… instead of just enjoying my time away. I was actually quite blessed this month to love many of the books I picked up (so I’ve been handing out bananas too or rather hearts!) ALL of your reasons just make sense as to why less books would work for any reader.

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  24. To me, quality is better than quantity in just about everything, except a great quantity of great quality stuff like books can be great. I read what I want to read for entertainment, and I read books about Tibetan Buddhism, and first-person books by folks with DID/old-fashioned multiple personalities, and tarot because I want to and because I read tarot professionally and am writing a book about it. I do not let externals like some blog something-or-other make me feel time pressure about books; I just read what I enjoy, or might benefit from, and if a book stinks to me (like someone’s lame nanowrimo effort now published, or extreme violence and sex for no reason other than to shock), then I ditch it. I give the book enough of an effort that I can figure if it’s for me, or might benefit my clients by me reading it, and if it’s eh, I put it in the little free library near my office in Woodstock NY, and someone else can have it.

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  25. A really great post! 🙂
    I definitely get you about picking the right books, as I have been getting better at figuring out which books I’ll likely end up enjoying 🙂 Reviews of trusted bookworms definitely have been helping with that!
    Reading when you feel like it, is also so important, because I feel like sometimes I do put a lot of pressure on me about having to read 😮

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  26. Interesting post! I definitely agree with your points. Fewer books definitely helps with quality ovre quantity, and to me, that’s always a good thing. In the end, it’s about the reading experience, and if you end up with books that are much more to your liking, that’s all the better right? No one should feel pressured in reading a certain amount of books, right?

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  27. Yes. And reading can include blog posts! I watched a TED talk which showed research about screen time making you happy if you use it to acquire knowledge. I read more non-fiction than I used to, as I can read it in snippets. I love reading aloud to the family, though this is rare. And I love holidays for devoting hours at a time to a novel. X

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