Saturday, September 2, 2017

Busy Bee Reading: September Thoughts


The Story

Humor me and imagine this slightly improbable fictional moment. Two fuzzy bees burst from their hive with excited buzzing.

"Stripes!" Amelia bee squeaks. "I can't wait to gather nectar!"

"Me neither!" Stripes yells back zipping away to attack a cluster of honeysuckle.

The day simmers away as noon draws close Stripes begins to search for Amelia Bee. He zips from flower to flower bemoaning the little pollen dust that falls from his legs, if only she had come to him he would have wasted none! 

"Amelia Bee!" He shrieks finding her deep in sucking the sweet nectar from a tiger lily.

"Wha-at?" She mumbles going back to her nectar.

"Come on home! We're late!" Stripes buzzes indignantly.

"Just a second." She murmurs. Finally a few minutes later she gets up and lifts her little wings to attempt flight but plummets down back onto the flower petal. 

"Aaargh!" She groans trying again. After a few attempts Amelia bee flies off the flower and Stripes joins her in shocked silence. Amelia bee's stomach hangs from nectar and her flight looks like that of what an inebriated bee would conduct.

"Amelia bee! What did you do?" He whispers as other bees fly in from each direction to return to their hive.

"What?" She whispers back innocently.

"You ate too much nectar!" 

"There can never be too much nectar!" Amelia bee protests, zig zagging precariously just to plummet down right at the door of their hive. 

The Questions


I'm sure everyone is a bit confused by now, nectar...bees! What does all this have to do with reading and writing? But you might have just caught the point, if you suspect my illustration hints that we gather metaphorical nectar in our heads instead of our stomachs, you're right!

Let's admit it. We probably all love reading, and there can NEVER be too much pf reading. Or...can there be?

Time to enter the controversial zone...

Especially in this season of life as we are all leaving summer vacations and going back to school or jobs, we are busy. Our minds are consumed with a lot of other things and September is well known as stress season.

Reading is great, but many times we get into the point where we are reading too much for our own good.

Have you been skimming lately?

Skimming blog posts or books or articles?

That's a good sign that you need a break. We miss out so much on the meaning of something, like Amelia bee missed out on the sweetness of a just right amount of nectar, when she binged. 

Has your brain been swirling between the fictional and the real world?

Of course that can be fun, but its important to not be lost in another world when there are tasks at hand. Being stuck and forgetting instructions on job is no fun. (and for those of you doubting this could ever happen, ask a very avid bookworm) Read a chapter when there's no stress around to reward yourself for a good hard day of work.


Keep flipping back to find what you've missed in the plot?

Either it's a bad book or there's a very big chance you're reading too fast. Slow down your reading and enjoy. Rushing for a review? I promise you your review will be better if you comprehend what you're reading.


Conclusion

Nectar is great and wonderful, it is what makes honey! It's the same way with books, they are absolutely wonderful and they bring us insight, wisdom, and enjoyment.
 But too much honey? If you've ever done that you know how yucky that can be. Too much honey equates a bad stomach ache and sometimes worse.
 Sometimes slowing down gives our brain the time to grasp concepts and precious little moments we would have totally missed otherwise.

I remember that as a child I was a wild bookworm, books wouldn't dawdle long in my hands. But it did have consequences, my brain was tired and I'd often be more fussy and annoyed with people interrupting my reading time. As time went by and I began high school, I just didn't have time to read so avidly anymore and surprisingly I found that reading was so much better and so much more rewarding in moderation. In addition I gained clearer understanding with hard texts and concepts. I would return to books I skimmed through earlier and gain real value from them by slowing down my reading rate. I would fall in love with scenes and quotes I totally missed from previous readings.

Whether it's blog reading, fiction reading, nonfiction reading, news reading....ANY sort of reading. Slow down and let it soak in. Your brain will thank you, and so will your bookish taste buds.

Just think how lucky we are to have such an easy access to books and reading. Remember back in the time when books were treasured? Abraham Lincoln worked many days in the fields for accidentally ruining one, Mary Jones walked miles and miles over mountains barefoot just for the chance of getting a book, in Fahrenheit 451 books are burned and people risk their lives to keep them.Think of what people do to be able to read? A teenage Chinese boy skips his once a day lunch just to be able to go to school and learn to read, African children take on extra work so they can make it to school, this story repeats a million times all across the globe and applies to all the ages.

With no doubt, books are treasures.
Reading is an incredible privilege.

This month I challenge you to find deep satisfaction in reading with moderation. Don't binge like Amelia Bee and collapse. Appreciate in moderation and thrive.


P.S. Goodreads won't send mutants to avenge your failures if you fall behind your book reading goal...I solemnly promise. ;)



~ ANNA C. S. ~

28 comments:

  1. Great post, Anna! I struggle with reading slowly, not just to get through a book, but because I love to read and can't wait to see what happens. But, I'm going to challenge myself to be slower. I find myself skimming some blog posts at times and I try not to because I know what it takes to write a post and the heart behind every post I see.

    You worded it so eloquently. You are very wise. <3

    ~Ivie
    iviewrites.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much Ivie! And oh man I really understand...I'm so guilty of that myself and this post is also a little preach to myself haha.

      *blushes* You are too sweet Ivie! ^.^

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  2. Wow, I usually over read. Especially mysteries, which is really bad because I miss a lot of clues, but I need to know the answer!!!! Yes, this month is super busy, school, job, dance, birthdays, reading can be too much. I try to read before I go to bed, but then I'm tired because I didn't get enough sleep. Okay, Anna, I will try to do that this month!!!! (bzz bzz)

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    1. HELLO FELLOW MYSTERY TOO FAST READER. That's me right there and I had to flip back a million times to find what I missed, annoying really. But ahh mysteries are so exciting and they really drive you forward, honestly mysteries ARE hard to read slowly but sometimes the busy busy forces us to slow down...like it did for me.

      And definitely try :) It's really rewarding I promise you.

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  3. Wonderful metaphor, Anna :). With grad school just starting, I have a LOT of reading that's going to occur, so I really gotta be careful and not binge. LOL, it's hard not to, especially with all these great posts by y'all.

    Catherine

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    1. Thank you so much Catherine :) Oh my, grad school...I can only imagine all the reading you have to do.

      And YES, I totally understand. It's hard not to read everything in my blog reader feed. xD

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  4. OH MY GOODNESS ME. THIS POST IS ME. I'm an aggressive speed reader and I /hate/ getting behind on my Goodreads reading challenge... I'm the person that's always reading like three books lol. xD Are you SURE Goodreads won't send mutants after me if I fall behind though????

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    1. HELLO FELLOW AGRESSIVE READER. MEET THE GIRL WHO READ LES MIS UNABRIDGED IN THREE DAYS AND HAS BEEN KNOWN TO DEVOUR UP TO THREE SUBSTANTIAL BOOKS IN A DAY. (whoa the caps, sorry xD)

      xD Trust me I didn't know what I was doing till I slowed down a bit...and I WILL BE YOUR PERSONAL INSURANCE against the mutants if they ever dare invade.

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  5. This is great. *skims post* *guilt* Thanks , Anna. This was great.

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    1. Don't feel bad :) I'm guilty of it too...and thank you Faith, I'm so glad you enjoyed it. <3

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  6. *raises hand* I am Amelia Bee. Always been. Probably always will be. I've tried to slow down, I'm actually forcing myself to read a chapter of a book a day, in hopes my brain will slow down, so I can read longer than ten minutes, but so far no luck. BUT I'M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT GOODREADS, I'M CONCERED MY FAMILY WILL THINK I'M DYING IF I DON'T READ 30 BOOKS A WEEK NONCHALANTLY. XD

    I'll be fine though. And I'll remember this post when I crash and burn! XD

    But besides that, great post! You're one of the only writers I know who can actually make a metaphor make sense and then stick to it, so wow!

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    1. Well if you must know the truth I am too...And yes please remember it because I don't want to see our leader crash or burn XD ;)

      Wow, I am sitting here quite shocked at your compliment. <3 That means a lot Gray since I am such a lover of analogies :)

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  7. I'm actually a slow reader most of the time. I find it really hard to read fast! And admittedly, this can stress me out because my TBR is about a mile high and it's hissing at me to read faster. So thank you for this, Anna! Your post was such an encouragement! And great metaphor... XD

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    1. Oh boy I understand the stress, I feel that way too especially with goodreads!

      And of course Lila! I'm so glad it could help you :))) And the metaphor was pretty fun to come up with ;)

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  8. I was being an Amelia Bee right up until you made your point there! :P Then I realized I've been reading terribly fast and skimming things these days because there's so much I want to read. Thank you for this beautiful reminder to slow down. Especially going into the school year, I really needed to hear this <3

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    1. (Being an Amelia Bee in the sense that I read too fast, I mean ;)

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    2. I totally get you on that and I'm so guilty of doing it myself :P
      I'm so glad you could benefit from this post Audrey ^.^ <3

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  9. Woah Anna this really hit home for me.
    I tend to read too much, too often, and too quickly, and so I'm kind of looking forward to school starting so that I can slow down and enjoy the time I have with words.
    ~Mira
    p.s. every post I read here, I fall more and more in love with this site and its mission. Keep it up ladies-God is going to use this blog in ways we can't even imagine.

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    1. Boy I feel the same way! Something about being busy forces us to slow down and prioritize :)

      That means a lot Mira, and we definitely will. <3 It's only because people like you are pitching in and reading that we have such a great reach. So thanks to you too <3

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  10. Great post! So often we forget about how lucky we are to be able to read as much as we want, when we want. Books are treasures, just as you said. <3 This is a wonderful reminder, thank you!

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    1. Thank you Melissa! ^.^ This month studying about American History has just reminded me of how incredibly valued books and writings in general were.

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  11. Reading that first part I was like "what the heck..." But now it makes TOTAL sense, XD

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    1. I don't blame you XD It was quite a weird start... ;)

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  12. Recently I was trying to read The Scorpio Races (new author/style/genre and I wasn't sure if I'd like it), and it just seemed boring. But apparently I was still in the mindset of skim reading and needed to focus. Once I did that, I could appreciate parts of the writing that I hadn't picked up on before.

    Thank you for the excellent reminder, Anna! :)
    Jem Jones

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    1. I really relate to that, so many times that has been me with certain books.

      Thank you for reading Jem and I'm glad you could profit from it! :)

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  13. this was exactly what I needed! I've been literally devouring books this summers, and it's been a hard adjustment now school's started.
    thank you, Anna!:)

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    1. Oh boy that adjustment is so hard to go through! I'm so glad it could help you :) Thank you for reading Allison and I hope you have a good September! :)

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  14. *cough cough* Yeah I'm Amelia Bee. I read waaaay too fast. I scare people with how fast I can read. I once finished a five book series in one day. I also hate falling behind on my personal challenge of how many books I can read in a month. The mutants will come if I fall behind, I know it XD

    Great post Anna!!

    -Lia
    catholicgirlstuff.blogspot.com
    lilahsmusicals.blogspot.com

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