Meant to Read

To you dearest readers,

I write on a day with clouds in the sky, gusts of strong wind, and icy rain which provide a heaviness to my state of mind. It is on days such as these I find myself curling up with my current read. Today I was thinking we should discuss the notion of books which were meant to be a part of our lives.

I have always felt that there are certain books which come to us when we need them the most; when they offer us something we might not have even known we needed – or – hadn’t needed till that moment.

Has this happened to you dear readers? Do you have one book which you felt like you needed to have read at one time or another?

I love books. I love reading. But there are times when I pick up a book and it can not hold my attention. I believe it is telling me in a way that it is not its time to be read by me. It is not yet the literary path I need to be on/take.

I tell myself it is okay to put the book down, to pick it up in the future when it will provide the meaning we need it to. Maybe at a better time, when it can suit its purpose for its reader because I truly believe that is what books do: they guide us.

I would love to know your thoughts on this idea. Do you have a book which once you had finished it or maybe even while you were reading it, you knew you were exactly where you were supposed to be? Or it was exactly the balm you needed in your life at that moment?

I continually find myself feeling this way, experiencing that meant to be reading feeling. I would be interested to know if you do to dear readers.

As always I wish you well in your week to come and may you be reading said book and feeling literarily contented.

xo

Honestly Austen

Postscript: I remember experiencing this feeling with a book by Anne Rice called Tathea which I read when I was in high school. I wonder if I reread it today would I feel the same way.

tathea

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6 thoughts on “Meant to Read

  1. This blog post is spot on. I had one book that I connected to the most, and it is The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher. I make it a habit to read it annually. It holds a special place in my heart and I will not forget the feeling of reading it for the first time. Some books are just meant to be in our lives.

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    • Thank you so much for saying that! I love that you have one as well as that you reread it annually. That first time being read feeling is one of the best memories to hold onto. I whole heartedly agree that some books are just meant to be in our lives!

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    • Same here! There was one book I read last month which I had picked up more than once before and was worried I might not ever read it, but a couple of weeks ago I found myself walking by the stack of books and it finally jumped out at me. I was able to finish it in one sitting and it was a very interesting book.

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  2. I absolutely support this notion! I’ve had so many experiences like that and the books have stayed with me since I read them. For example, right before I started college (I was going for medicine, even though my passion was writing and editing), my English teacher gifted me a book (A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle). I took almost a year to pick it up, thinking it was going to be some pseudo-philosiphical mumbojumbo, but it ended up giving me the courage to change my major. I think it let me read it at the right time 🙂

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    • It is so amazing how much a book can impact our lives and continue to stay with us. I love how that one act of literary kindness from a teacher essentially gave you a helping hand in changing to a major when it was the right time for you. Such an amazing and inspiring story! Thank you for sharing it with me.

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