Before we dive into into today’s post, let me update you on my reviewing progress. 😉
Remember all those books I promised to review in my previous two posts? Well, it would honestly helped had I wrote notes whilst reading them as I am now desperately remembering what I wanted to actually write about. Mental note to self: “Please be a dear and write notes whilst reviewing books. Your future-self will thank you for that. Ta!” I haven’t given up yet, there is still hope … ! 😉
Now the review bit is over, welcome to the ‘Chitter-Chatter‘ series. I’m so glad you are here. ❤️
In case you have missed previous posts in this series, we are still talking about:
- To-Be-Read lists and how to manage them
- Reading Challenges and how to feel comfortable at failing them
- How to feel better during Reading Slumps
- How our values may explain why we enjoy blogging
- How to feel better whilst setting our reading / blogging goals
- And Book ratings: to be, or not to be: that is the question!
Let’s dive into today’s topic. Let’s talk about that deliciously sweet feeling of anticipation.
Why now? Firstly, I’m already kind of getting excited about Christmas and secondly, James and I have an epic, two week long road trip ahead of us, that I am have been anticipating for months, created a vision board for and just can not wait to tell you about at some point. 😊
Those two points made me think about the joy of anticipation and how it can be extended to books as well.
I love anticipating new book releases. Currently, I have three books I just can not wait to get my hands on:
- Katherine Arden’s The Winter of the Witch
- Leigh Bardugo’s King of Scars
- and Sarah J. Maas’ final book in the Throne of Glass series, Kingdom of Ash
I can not wait to read those but equally, I am really enjoying that feeling of anticipation. I am picturing how much I will be enjoying reading them and as I am thinking about that, I am actually creating a lot of enjoyment already for myself.
I was reading the other day a note that said that sometimes, it’s nice to have things lined up just for the sake of anticipation. Regardless of how those things actually turn out to be.
You can think about a vacation you’ll be taking. Planning it, dreaming about it, visualising who you will be spending it with, what you will be talking about, what you will be doing, how much fun it will be… and you know what? It actually doesn’t matter how that vacation turns out to be, because in your mind, you will be creating those feelings ahead of time. And will be enjoying them regardless if the ‘real deal’ delivers or not.
You can of course do the same thing with books – looking forward to reading a book yet to be written by one of your favourite authors can be extremely enjoyable regardless if you happen to enjoy that book in the end or not. It’s that long, excited and sweet feeling of anticipation you will be cultivating prior to the actual reading experience.
Yes, there is also a possibility of an anticipated event not turning up to be the way we envisioned it but that disappointment doesn’t take away those giddy months of anticipation. It may be a temporary downer, I agree, but it still doesn’t take away those feelings we felt beforehand.
Of course we can decide to play it safe and numb those excited feelings in order not to get disappointed… because you know, it may hurt a little. But if we decide to squash our anticipation, we will also numb the follow up enjoyment, should that event actually deliver. Numbing emotions is not a selective process. Something I very vividly remember from my own past…
So here’s the deal.
Shall we make a pact to celebrate anticipation, look forward to all our eagerly awaited releases no matter what we think of them afterwards?
And let’s be bold, let’s extend that to other aspects of our lives, shall we?
Tell me what you are anticipating / are looking forward to at the moment?
As always, I love reading your comments and getting to know you. ❤️