Thursday, March 5, 2015
3:05 PM | Posted by Emily Alfano |
With Victoria Aveyard a few weeks ago at her book signing for Red Queen!
So I’ve had one of those weeks where I feel like I don’t have time to even breathe. I know everyone has these days and can relate. No matter how hard you work to catch up or stay on track, something seems to go wrong or you fall behind. And like many people I’m sure, I tend to get down on myself during these times. Giving up seems easier than trudging through, and you feel like it can’t get any worse.
Then today shortly after I woke up, I saw a post on social media that mentioned it was world book day. I didn’t think anything of it until I got to class today and realized I was going to have an hour break, and I decided to take a trip to Barnes and Nobles with a friend before my next class. As we started to walk through the aisles of B&N, I forgot about upcoming project deadlines and what homework I still had to do. All I could think about was the new releases, and what book I was going to buy. Without even realizing it, I had forgotten my worries (even if just temporarily) and was happy. Truly happy. And even after we walked out of the bookstore and were headed back to campus, I couldn’t stop smiling. It wasn’t just the book that I had bought, or the fact that I got a chance to spend some time with one of my good friends. It was simpler than that. Rather, it was the fact that I had taken time to do something that mattered to me. Even if it was only an hour of my day, I did something small that improved my mood, and made me remember why I love books and this field I’m going into. And if a book is all it takes to improve my mood, then shoot. So be it.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is I’m incredibly thankful. Thankful for this wonderful book community of people who have come together. Thankful for bookish events such as signings and conferences. Thankful for the new found friends I’ve made as a result of blogging. And most of all I’m thankful for the books themselves, which are an escape from reality and everyday life and the stress that can come with it. There is nothing better than being able to go home at the end of the day and just pick up whatever book I’m currently reading, and just sit down and forget everything that happened that day, even if just for a little while. I will always be eternally grateful for everything that books and this community have done for me. And on that note, happy world book day everyone!
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