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

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

Closed libraries- the pandemic problem that nobody talked about.

455
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.

Giphy

Your eyes will thank you later.

2. Pick a book you are REALLY interested in.

Giphy

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

3. Remove all distractions.

Giphy

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
Lifestyle

New England Summers Are The BEST Summers

Why you should spend your next summer in New England.

309
Marconi Beach

Three years ago, I chose to attend college in Philadelphia, approximately 360 miles away from my small town in New Hampshire. I have learned many valuable lessons away from home, and have thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in Pennsylvania. One thing that my experience has taught me, however, is that it is absolutely impossible to beat a New England summer.

Keep Reading...Show less
Entertainment

Fibonacci Sequence Examples: 7 Beautiful Instances In Nature

Nature is beautiful (and so is math). The last one will blow your mind.

233981
illustration of the fibonacci sequence
StableDiffusion

Yes, the math major is doing a math-related post. What are the odds? I'll have to calculate it later. Many people have probably learned about the Fibonacci sequence in their high school math classes. However, I thought I would just refresh everyone's memories and show how math can be beautiful and apply to physical things everywhere around us with stunning examples.

Keep Reading...Show less
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less
Featured

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

89765
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments