I love reading, obviously, but don’t love thinking about how much books are negatively impacting our planet. Earth Day was yesterday and I got to thinking about how to be a more environmentally conscious reader so here’s a little ramble.
Ebooks and Audiobooks are a thing!
This is such a ‘duh,’ but crazy fact, ebooks and audiobooks DON’T USE PAPER. Amazing. Profound. Brand new idea. But really, ebooks and audiobooks are much kinder to the environment because they aren’t printed on paper that comes from trees and ink that comes from… something probably from the Earth. Yeah the fact that computers, ereaders, phones, etc have a negative impact on the planet with manufacturing, advertising, and distributing sucks, but ebooks and audiobooks aren’t printed.
wow I’m really not selling this idea, but I’m going to try and make an effort to read more ebooks and listen to more audiobooks lol
Borrowing the newest releases helps to reduce the negative impact on Mother Earth because you’re using a copy someone else has also used! Yay for libraries!! I’m a huge advocate for using your local library because:
- it’s cheap
- it’s easy
- it’s fun
- it’s cheap
- it’s cheap
yeah. Go borrow some books from your local library.
Buying Used Books
There’s nothing like the smell of a new book, but there’s also nothing as special as finding a well-loved copy of a book and appreciating the fact that someone else has read that specific copy. I LOVE used books because:
- they’re cheap (lol repeat from last time crazy)
- they have a story
- it’s fun searching the shelves
Buying used books helps the environment because you’re buying something that was already sold and distributed! You’re repurposing.
Help our planet by being an environmentally conscious reader <3
My name is Aubrey and I am a huge advocate for pushing through to the end of a book.
I’m so ready to be done with the book I’m reading right now and I want to DNF it.
What to do what to do.
Have you ever felt pressure to finish a book even though you weren’t enjoying it? I feel like not finishing (DNF *did not finish*) a book isn’t anything against the author *in most cases*, but sometimes it’s okay to not finish a book if you’re just really not enjoying it. I’m REALLY not enjoying the book I’m reading right now but know that I’ll feel guilty if I don’t finish it.
I know this isn’t the right mindset, but I know I’m not alone in my way of thinking. An author put a lot of time and effort into writing a book in the first place and it almost seems like giving up on the author if you don’t finish their book! I really don’t want to read this book but know that I’ll be so relieved when I’m done and have reviewed it.
Plus, this is a review book sent to me by the author, so it feels like it’s my obligation to get a review to them… even if it will be a negative one. I don’t know. This was a super rambly kind of pointless post but that’s just how I’m feeling today.
I’m not with it. I can’t wait for classes to be done. 4 WEEKS LEFT! So close to being done and the start of summer YAY!!
How do you feel about DNFing books?
If you’ve been around awhile, I wrote a post about reading during school back in 2015 *oh little sophomore in high school me* but my views have changed from what they once were.
Being in college means constantly having things on your to-do list, having classes at random times of the day, late nights and LOTS of homework and reading. As an English Publishing major I’m starting to take classes that are completely reading based, and sometimes have to read an entire book in two days! Yes this is reading, but it isn’t considered ‘fun reading.’
It’s hard for me because I have been trying to only read one book at a time, but that’s actually impossible because I need to have a fun book on my currently reading list at all times. I need something to be able to escape to. Having to read so much for my major is hard because it means that I don’t have time to do my pleasure reading. Tragic.
Another thing that makes me horribly sad is that I don’t always feel in the mood to read my fun book after I’ve done all my homework and am laying in bed!! I ALWAYS wanted to read through high school, and I still do. I have a book blog and do more reading than the average person, but it’s so weird for me to NOT WANT TO READ. It’s also frustrating because I love watching YouTube and catching up with my subscription box, but I find that I want to do that instead of reading, but I always feel like I’m wasting time when I’m watching a video or show because I should be doing something else ughhhh.
It’s a hard life sometimes. But it’s okay, summer will be here soon enough and I will read every single day. I think I need to try and implement a 30 minute fun reading break every single day because my brain would love the break to have some fun :) and I wouldn’t feel as guilty about watching so much YouTube…. oops.
This was a rambly post, but I have been trying to post every other day because I have been neglecting blogging since coming to school! It also makes me sad. I think I just need to keep myself on track and make myself a habit tracker page in my bullet journal.
If anyone has any tips on how to read more, let me know!! I’m 8 books behind on my Goodreads goal and I’m not okay with that…
Thanks for reading!!!
If you’ve been keeping up with my blog you will have noticed that I am still reading quite a few books after coming to college. Yay! Go me. But a lot of the books I’ve been having to read are 2 or 3 stars, which is really hard to get excited about.
I just started A Court of Thorns and Roses last night, and it reminds me how exciting reading can be for me. I LOVE reading about faeries and fey, and I love reading fantasy. So why don’t I read more of what I like?
That’s the real question, honestly. I think the reason I haven’t been excited for reading as much is because I haven’t been reading books I’ve been excited for. I have been looking forward to reading A Court of Thorns and Roses since everyone was super excited about it on Booktube right when it came out, but I put it off.
This leads to another question. Why put off books you’re excited about? I always do this to myself and I really want to kick this habit. I get wrapped up in all the books that I feel like I have to read, and don’t read the ones I want to read.
I always feel obligated to read the books I’ve had the longest or continuations of series, but sometimes that puts me in a rut. I want a new story with new characters sometimes!
I challenge you to embark on this reading-what-you-want journey with me!
Pre-ordering books. Great, or a waste of time?
I personally am torn between the two, because sometimes a pre-order can cost more than the book at a store, but you can also have it delivered the day it comes out, which is always fun.
The one book I have pre-ordered right now is Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I have always been a huge Cassandra Clare fan, and have read and reviewed all the Shadowhunter books, so whenever she has a new release I just want to read it right away. I hope that I can get my copy the day it comes out so I can read it right then. I’m currently rereading Lady Midnight and loving it even more the second time.
I never pre-order first books in series unless it’s from an author I love. I don’t just randomly pre-order books because I still have so many TBR books to read at home… I think the idea of pre-ordering is fun because you get the book right away after it’s released, but I also think it can be quite expensive.
Let me know how you feel about pre-ordering books down below!