Losing myself in a book


Is reading a form of Zen?

Do you find yourself getting caught up in what you are reading, so much so that you have to stop for a moment to remember that it isn’t real?

I do all the time & I love the sense of escapism that a book can give me.

Once when I was reading Stephen King’s ‘Under the Dome’, I woke up wondering if the dome was still over us and how the town was coping.

I think I suffer from an overactive imagination soemtimes. I can’t remember the last time I read a Stephen King book but must say I was totally hooked on this one. The TV show was also showing but it was vastly different to the book, as most TV adaptations are. I find myself wondering if it was Tumbarumba ‘under the dome’ how would we manage, who would take charge, would we panic & other similar lines of thought.

I read a wide range of genres and enjoy dystopian, young adult fiction, science fiction, memoirs, thrillers – you name it! Each year I have collated my books read, here on my blog and on Good Reads. It you’re interested you can check out my various pages here: Books

A more recent update of my favourite books is here – My top five favourite books

My top 5 books for 2018
My top 5 books for 2018

Book Club

I am in a book club with 10 other women from all age groups, jobs and backgrounds and we meet once a month in each other’s homes. We all read the same book in the month and then discuss it to death over a drink and some yummy after dinner snacks. (We also discuss other things as well and find that it’s a great way to stay in touch.)

We often have very different reactions to the books we read but we all agree on one thing. We can read some books and become the characters, get ourselves embroiled in the plot, forget where we are at times as we get so involved in the reading & get whisked away into the story.

We have all been known to finish a book and have what amounts to withdrawals or a real sense of anti-climax as we no longer can lose ourselves into the story as it’s over.

I know that this will happen time after time but I can never slow myself down from reading. If I’m reading a good book I’m lost for the time it takes to finish it. Sure I can do other things but my mind is always on the book and where it’s going. It’s for this reason that I can’t read two books at once, I have to devote myself to one at a time.

There haven’t been too many books I can’t finish once I start them. If it’s a book club book I always finish it so that I can participate fully in the discussion.

Reading and Zen

Having a Zen attitude means finding mindful awareness of the present moment. This will help you release yourself from stress, anxiety, frustration and anger. Instead, focus on positive thoughts and actions that will help you relax and respond in a more balanced way to your everyday life.

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Reading allows me to relax and reduces my anxiety. I can lose myself and focus solely on the book I’m reading which seems a bit opposite to zen at times but totally works for me. After reading I feel more balanced and able to tackle my real world, except perhaps when a book feels a little too real!

Or have I got it wrong? Am I escaping from life and not being totally present as being ‘zen’ suggests. What do you think?

What sort of a reader are you? Are you able to read more than one book at a time?

I love reading – do you?

Deb x

Updated in March 2019 and I’ve linked to Min’s Zen Tip Tuesday for the first time

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Reading time
Reading time

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5 Replies to “Losing myself in a book”

  1. Reading totally is Zen for me, Deb! I just love getting lost in a book and can sometimes spend a day reading – if the book is good. I just finished Girl in the Corner which I read in one sitting! I love crime especially U.K. authors and of course lighter reading. Maeve Binchy is my comfort blanket when I’m feeling low. I love her book The Italian Class most of all and feel like the characters are my friends. Have a great week! #ZTT

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    1. I’ve heard of that book Sue and have it on my list! I love crime books too and thrillers keep me invested in the story. I also like lighter reads from time to time and lately Amanda Prowse has been a favourite. Thanks for your comment and helping me feel I’m on the right track with being zen 🙂

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  2. Fabulous post to read Deb … and I can completely relate! Reading is zen to me too. It’s an escape from problems and worries and it quietens my busy mind because I’m swept away to another world! I become fond of and invested in the characters … and I usually very sad when I finish a good book. This is why I LOVE a book series … because there is always the next book! Thank you so much for linking up with #ZTT xo

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    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence Min, it was good to look back at posts I could possible update and use. I agree reading is a great way to stills your mind, focusing in on one thing only! I too like a series, as it lasts longer 🙂 It was great to join in with you all x

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