I blew my Reading/Digital Deprivation (Fast) yesterday. I was doing very well. I really was. But Gayle Forman’s new book was released on January 27 and I was itching to read it. I had pre-ordered it for my Nook, so yesterday afternoon, I decided to go ahead and download it so it would be ready for when I am off my 7 days of Reading Deprivation (this Saturday).
And that’s all she wrote. Without meaning to, but also without fighting too hard, I read the first page. From there, I simply could NOT put the book down. I cried. I laughed. I wept. I sobbed. I soaked my t-shirt and my pillow with my tears. My son, in amazement, comments on how he just doesn’t understand how a book could make someone FEEL so much. Oh, if only he–and everyone else–only knew.
I think that anyone who reads I Was Here will be moved by the story, but only those who have lost a beloved, precious loved one will GET IT…will FEEL it deeply, to the depths of the soul.
I do not regret even for one second breaking my fast in order to read this book. I will continue with the Reading/Digital Deprivation throughout these last few days; I refuse to start over. As someone who reads as much as I do, I would honestly be surprised if I actually made it a full 7 days without doing some aspect of reading on a personal level. It just isn’t realistic. But I have tried. And I am noticing how cluttered my brain is and how much is going on up that there that is overwhelming me on a daily basis. I do need to de-clutter my brain and find time to stop and smell the roses so I can be refreshed and find my inner, creative self.
But I will never regret reading a book that has made such a powerful impact for me!!!!