Let’s Talk Bookish: How Reading Affects My Mental Health

Hello and happy Friday (aka SHADOW AND BONE RELEASE DAY!!!!). I’m so excited that the show is out, although I am going to watch it on Sunday with some friends (COVID safe of course.)

I think that this week’s LTB topic is really interesting, and it was interesting to think about all of the topics, so I’m going to get right into it.

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! This week’s topic is: How reading affects mental health (suggested by Kristen @ Lukten Av Trykksverte.)

In what ways does reading affect your mental health?

Reading has always been an emotional escape for me, and has always been a way for me to take control of what’s happening around me, in a way. Whenever I feel sad, or am really stressed about something, I’ll read a book.

In general, reading just makes me really happy, and when I have more time to read it improves my mental health.

However, sometimes managing reading and blogging as well as school and my own personal writing projects can end up feeling overwhelming, with just so much that I want to do. That isn’t exactly reading however that is affecting my mental health in negative ways. It’s just the buildup of all of the things together that can make me more stressed.

I think that the biggest way that reading can negatively affect me is having a never ending TBR. There are so many books out there that I want to read, and so many books that I’m constantly seeing and hearing about, so I just want to read them all!! It can definitely feel overwhelming to not have enough time to read.

Do triggers, bookish controversies, and things like that affect your health a lot more than you let on?

Drama in the book community is something that I have been finding more stressful lately. It can be hard to keep up with who is a controversial author, and why. I want to talk about these things, but I also often don’t really know what to say, because it feels like it’s already been said, or that my words are just going to muddle things up even more.

I’ve been on bookstagram more over the last few months, and I’ve definitely noticed a difference in the whole environment on that platform as opposed to in the blogging community. Book blogs are as a whole a lot mellower, and Instagram is such a fast paced platform, with 24 hour stories, and just a whole lot more in general. I don’t think this is bad for either of the platforms, but it can be hard to balance the two.

And figuring out how to navigate my way around controversies are hard, especially when there is no straightforward way to learn about them, or to understand what is happening with a certain book or author. So I think that they do affect me and my mental health more than I really let on. But then again, I think that it might just be me not really being in the loop about things happening with authors and books and creators until after they’ve happened, and it seems too late to weigh in in a constructive way.

Wrapping this up…

It was interesting writing this post, although I had less to write about than I thought I would. Reading has always been a constant thing in my life, always something that I can slip away to, and I don’t see that ever changing. It was good for me to write a little about how controversies in the book community can affect me, because over the last few weeks I’ve felt overwhelmed with just trying to keep track of everything happening.

How does reading affect your mental health? How do you handle all of the different bookish controversies? Chat with me in the comments below!

6 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: How Reading Affects My Mental Health

  1. Lovely post Aria!! And I totally get you on the bookish drama. As someone who isn’t on Instagram or Twitter, it’s really hard for me as well to keep up with the latest news. I recommend Jess Owens’s Book CommuniTEA series on BookTube; her videos have been keeping me up to date on the recent controversies.

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