So I have been going back and forth on whether or not I wanted to write this post. I finally decided to do it because I can’t be the only person that has ever felt this way. I started thinking about this hard earlier this month when I finished a series (Yay me!) but the last book was so disappointing that it ruined the series for me and put me in a two-week reading slump.
As I was putting the books back on my shelf I really starting looking at the books that I have and I realized that there are a few series that I have kept that I did not like the last book I read enough to continue on with them.
I have limited shelf space so why am I keeping books I will never read again? Why am I keeping series that I stopped reading and now feel that I need to go back to the beginning because I must have missed something? Yes, I’m looking at you Throne of Glass.
Answer: Some part of me felt like I had to.
Yes, I know how crazy this sounds. It’s like there is some standard that says you have to have certain books to taken seriously, or you have to read certain books to be considered legit. One it feels great and free to remove those books and tell myself that I don’t have to keep them, but I don’t know where these expectations I placed on myself came from.
In the end, I am going to be able to fit by books on my shelf’s better now after I finish purging. And I will not feel anxious about the books that I feel forced to read and keep.
Also, writing this post has just made me feel so much better. I guess in its own way I am admitting my issue and I feel better about it.
Does anyone else feel unreasonable expectations in their reading life or beyond?
Let’s talk below!