The SERIOUS Struggle Of Being A Bibliophile In A Pandemic
Start writing a post

Every Book Lover Knows The SERIOUS Struggle Of Being A Bibliophile During A Pandemic

Closed libraries- the pandemic problem that nobody talked about.

Every Book Lover Knows The SERIOUS Struggle Of Being A Bibliophile During A Pandemic

Books! They are possibly God's greatest gift and I would give my right foot for my favorite book, no questions asked. They are my rock (unless my family is reading this, in which case my family is totally my rock), and they are always there when I need a distraction or a pick-me-up.

I've used reading as an escape since I was in second grade and boy has it gotten me through some rough times.

When quarantine hit and I realized things were going to be worse than an "extended spring break" I figured that books would be able to get me through the worst of it, but then disaster struck.... the library closed!

Any book lover knows paper is superior to eBooks, but we're in a world in which paper books are no longer an option.

I honestly didn't know what to do with myself. I refused to read eBooks, and I hate rereading old books, so I was stuck with nothing to read. I honestly thought I was going to lose my mind if I didn't find something to read.

I eventually resorted to reading some of the books that I never got around to reading.

You know, the ones you got as a well-meaning birthday present or that you spontaneously bought off of Amazon at 2 a.m. because you thought the cover looked cool, and they're usually on the bottom shelf of your bookcase or stacked in a corner at the bottom of your closet.

In any case, I only made it through about one and a half of those "reserve books" before I gave up.

There was only so much poor writing that I could endure. Instead, I proceeded to fill my time with a plethora of other activities, from binge-watching The X-Files to actually spending time with my family (an activity that lasted about 2.5 seconds), but nothing could compare to sitting outside on my back porch, curled up in the corner of my loveseat, reading a real, physical, paper book.

I soon realized that I could only last so long without reading and so I finally gave in — I downloaded an eBook.

I know, I know, I can't believe I stooped that low either. However, desperate times called for desperate measures, and I sure was desperate. For anyone else who is trying to get through an eBook, below are my three pieces of advice:

Now, if the below tips don't help you with your electronic reading then there might just not be any hope left for you.

However, I didn't think there was any hope left for me, and I've successfully gotten through multiple eBooks, so maybe you'll just need to figure out what works best for you.

Whatever the case may be, I hope you aren't deprived of any great books like I was, so good luck getting through the rest of this pandemic and happy reading!

1. Adjust the background color.


Your eyes will thank you later.

2. Pick a book you are REALLY interested in.


Otherwise there is no way in hell that you'll be able to finish it.

3. Remove all distractions.


I am usually someone who can tune out a whole orchestra while reading, but that just wasn't the case with eBooks. I needed to be in a calm, quiet place in order to get through a chapter, and, yes, that does mean you should turn off your notifications if possible.

Report this Content

TikTok Made Me Buy It: Flawless's Skincare Fridge

I bought and tested one of TikTok's popular products so you don't have to.


I spend a lot of time on TikTok and I never know whether the products I see are worth it or not, especially when I'm looking at the price. For Christmas, my aunt got me a gift card to Ulta. I didn't know what to buy. I have way too many palettes and lipsticks. I have my essentials. What else could I need? Then it hit me that I saw a lot of people these past few months showing off their skincare fridges. So, the second I thought of it I went on the Ulta app and bought it. So, here are my thoughts.

Keep Reading... Show less

37 Cute And Unique Pinterest Board Titles

Let's be real, the hardest part about Pinterest is thinking of a cute title for your board.


I don't know about anyone else but I have recently become re-obsessed with Pinterest. Like, I am spending a stupid amount of time on Pinterest daily now. While I have been binging Pinterest I have found that I love making cute and aesthetic boards but it is SO hard to come up with a name to match it. So, I scoured the internet and my brain for you. Happy pinning!

Keep Reading... Show less

This Is What Type Of Person You Are Based On Your Favorite Cereal

Your cereal preference reveals more than you think.

Photo by Nyana Stoica on Unsplash

Whether you eat cereal for breakfast or a late-night snack, you probably have a favorite. Little did you know that what you prefer says a lot about your personality.

Keep Reading... Show less
Alexis Hoffman

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we all know that cutting out social interaction has taken its toll.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Asked Instagram How 2020 Was, And Maybe It Wasn't The Worst Year Ever

2020 is a year to remember but it's not as bad as we made it out to be.


It's finally 2021 and we're honestly all just happy that 2020 is over. I decided to ask my Instagram followers how they felt about 2020 and the results were a little more mixed up than expected.

Keep Reading... Show less

Ever since I watched "How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days," I've been a major Matthew McConaughey fan. I've seen most of his movies, and I definitely got way too excited when he finally made an Instagram! So when he announced he would be releasing a memoir titled "Greenlights," I knew I absolutely had to get my hands on this book. And so did the rest of the world, as the book began to flood social media.

Truthfully, I would much rather read a fiction book and dive into another world than read a nonfiction book - even if it is one of my favorite celebrities. But I had a feeling this book wouldn't disappoint or bore.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Armie Hammer Scandal Discourse Is Kink Shaming And Harming Actual Victims

The rumors surrounding Armie Hammer has resulted in some very toxic and harmful discourse.


Sex is something that occupies a very significant place in our lives. Even asexual people can have an active sex life. With the various types of people that comprise this world, it obviously results in various sexual interests. And unconventional people can engage in some pretty unconventional sex practices. Even the most conventional people on the surface might surprise us with their sexual fantasies.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments