Undercover Escapism

If you’ve read any of my recent blogs you’ll know that in 2022, I’ve gotten back into reading.

I was always the kid that reads, I feel like it was my only personality trait for a while. I used to blow through books, but I feel like school actually took my love of reading away.

I don’t read to overanalyze each word and write a 4 page report on a book as soon as it’s over. I like to escape in it, become inspired by it, digest it.

So I recently started reading again, I read 3 books in January which is like a world record for me. I think it’s great, I’ve actually been inspired to write more. But I also recognize I’ve been using at as a tool to escape – and I’m unsure how far you can go with something like this before it’s concerning.

Before I was numbing the pain of the work day by just sitting in front of Netflix, another form of escapism. I don’t get lost in TV the way I get lost in books though, I rarely keep thinking about TV when I turn it off.

So I can’t help but think is it just a new hobby or am I hiding behind my books?

11 thoughts on “Undercover Escapism

  1. This is literally me. I was an English major in college and it ruined my love of reading. I’ve tried getting back into in, setting a small goal in Goodreads, but even reading 10 books a year has become difficult for me. The funny thing is I want more time for Netflix escapism – I don’t currently have much leisure time. But, the few times I have binged on TV I felt guilty for not wanting to read. I have yet to figure this out.

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  2. I used to love to read and feel the same way about being able to lose myself in them. And I do believe that my early love for books is what inspires me to right. Or maybe they’ve always gone hand in hand? I do get lost in good tv also, but I agree, it doesn’t stay with me after. Not the way a book does. 🙏💛🙏

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  3. Hey, I dont know how to respond to your post, as i am not good at English. To become fluent in english is one of my new year resolutions. my friend suggested me to create a blog and write a diary or thoughts or anything in english only. so i created my own blog and started posting in it as well as reading other’s blog posts. I really enjoyed your post after reading it 3 times again and again. while i was reading i was getting so many thoughts in my mind. i dont know how to express them in english. because i have to learn more vocabulary. i know this is not an appropriate comment to your post. sorry for that. Thank you 🙂

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  4. Yeah I get it. I used to be the kid who would always have her nose buried in a book. I would read on the bus, on the toilet, in bed, everywhere.. but now I don’t read as much as I would like. And it saddens me because I do miss it.

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  5. My reading’s been in decline for a few years now, never stopped but not as interested as before. I blame it on working in a library since 2004 and my first library system wouldn’t let me read on the job so by the time I got home I didn’t feel like read since I checked out books all day.

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