Sorry to disappoint, but this post isn’t going to be nearly as festive as it sounds. I’m not talking about saving books for Christmas or date night. I mean, ok, that could be a thing that you do, in which case it totally qualifies for this discussion, that still isn’t quite what I had in mind when I came up with this post.
No, I’m simply talking about any occasion or occurrence or reason in general that you might wait to read a certain book, like maybe saving it as a reward for completing final exams, that kinda thing. Because I actually do find myself saving books sometimes, and I thought it’d be fun to share with you all some of my reasons and then hear some of yours!
For An Apocalypse
Ok, listen. I have very few physical books that I haven’t read yet (literally like 12), and a part of me feels like I should save at least some of them just in case something apocalyptic ever happens and I have no power and therefore have no kindle. I’m gonna need something to read! Yeah, I can reread, but I’d like to at least have a few books I haven’t read. I feel like probably nothing like that will actually happen, but… what if?
For When I’m Not Feeling Well
Graphic novels and comics are easier for me to concentrate on and a better distraction when I’m not feeling well. So I keep trying to save the graphic novels and webcomics I want to read for whenever I’m not feeling well and need them. But admittedly I sometimes lose this fight and end up reading them even when I’m feeling fine.
For Bad Times
In a similar thread, I have only one series I truly consider a comfort read, but I’ve so far limited myself to reading it once a year (any more often and I think I’d end up getting sick of it, which I don’t want to happen). So I feel like maybe I should save my annual reread for when I need it most.
I did this when I moved into my apartment. The next book in one of my favorite series came out about a month before I moved, and I saved it so I’d have something good to read and celebrate/relax with once I moved in.
For Certain Holidays/Seasons
I know I said I wasn’t talking about holidays, but between the time I typed that and the time I’m typing this, I realized that I actually do save books sometimes and wait to read them until Christmastime if it’s a Christmas-themed book, Halloweentime if it’s a horror book, etc. For the most part I go with my reading mood, but certain books just seem more fitting in certain seasons.