why do so many thing happen today!

my bias in wanna one is Dipsy 

5 things the signs would most likely say to their best friend

(All of these are said out of love and comfortability <3)  

Aries

“ I think you like me ”

“ Can we call tonight ” 

“ Why are you so cold ” 

“ I don’t like dealing with emotions ” 

“ I’m actually sensitive stop ”


Taurus 

“ You’re actually the clumsiest person ”

“ Can you stop embarrassing me ” 

“ Why do you always think I’m lying? ” 

“ Bet you can’t guess who I like ”

“ Wanna see what I bought yesterday ” 


Gemini

“ I’m so excited!! ”

“ You’re so extra ”

“ Can you be quiet for five minutes?” 

“ I wanna come ” 

“ You have a talent for driving people crazy ”


Cancer 

“ You’re my go to ” 

“ Oh shut up that was one time so loooong ago! ” 

“ Don’t leave me ”

“ My mom does exactly that! ”

“ I hate drama but I’m always stuck right in the centre of it ” 


Leo

“ This * insert food I’ve never heard before* is really good for you, you should eat it ”

“ I’ll take you for dinner but we have to run first ”

“ Why is your room such a mess? ”

“ When you get mad it stresses me out ”

“ Be quiet, I’m talking ” 


Virgo

“ You’re too disorganized ”

 “ What are you wearing?? ”

” I don’t wanna talk about it ” 

“ I have way to many things to do, i can’t be dealing with this ”

“ Why you so lazy? ”


Libra

“ Can you not ”

“ You’re a mess ”

“ Let’s hang out soon ”

“  I need a hug ” 

“ That’s not fair ”


Scorpio 

“ No you’re wrong stop ”

“ I appreciate you ”

“ I’m mad at you ”

“ I think you’d look good with him/her ”

“ Spending time with you makes me so genuinely happy ”


Sagittarius 

“ You’re too negative ”

“ I don’t wanna stay inside today, I wanna go out ”

“ You’re laugh is contagious ” 

“ What did I do this time?? ”

“ Down the road lets be roommates ” 


Capricorn

“ I doubt that will happen, don’t worry ”

“ That makes no sense! ”

“ You’re so frustrating ”

“ If so and so does that, i’ll be pissed ”

“ Don’t think that you’re fake because you’re not ”


Aquarius

“ Can we go play ”

“ What song are you listening to? ”  

“ That’s mean ”

“ I’M NOT LYING ”

“ Remember when…”


Pisces 

“ You’re my best friend ”

“ You don’t listen ”

“ GET OFF YOUR PHONE ”

“ I swear it’s almost as if I have psychic abilities ”  

“ Astrology is so accurate ” 

On Trump firing FBI Director James Comey:

“This is a grotesque abuse of power by the President of the United States. This is the kind of thing that goes on in non-democracies. That when there is an investigation that reaches near the President of the United States, or the leader of a non-democracy, they fire the people who are in charge of the investigation. I have not seen anything like this since October 20th of 1973 when President Richard Nixon fired Archibald Cox, the Watergate Special Prosecutor. This is something that is not within the American political tradition. That firing led - indirectly but certainly - to the resignation of President Nixon, and this is very much in this tradition. This is NOT normal. This is not politics as usual. This is something that is COMPLETELY outside how American law is supposed to work.

Can we point out that the emperor is not wearing any clothes? This memo from Rod Rosenstein says that James Comey was fired for being too mean to Hillary Clinton. Does anyone believe that?? Could anyone believe that??? I mean, it’s just absurd! That suddenly, here it is in May of 2017, that he’s being fired for a press conference that he held in July of 2016?? I mean, this is just the most preposterous pretext.

This is an investigator who is investigating the White House. AND HE WAS JUST FIRED BY THE WHITE HOUSE. This doesn’t happen in the United States. Except on October 20th 1973, when Richard Nixon fired Archibald Cox. And if anyone thinks that a new FBI director is going to come in and the agency is just going to take over as if nothing has happened, that’s not how it works! They will put in a stooge who will shutdown this investigation. They are in charge. The political people are in charge of the FBI, not the street agents. The street agents do what they are told. Now Donald Trump will put someone who will do this bidding.

You know, Rod Rosenstein is a distinguished prosecutor, I interviewed him when he was in Baltimore, he had a very good reputation here - and how he could affix his name to that DISGRACEFUL MEMO, this total lie, this pretext, this absurd memorandum, that suggests that the basis for firing Jim Comey is the Hillary Clinton investigation is one of the many mysterious that abound today. But keep in mind, and this is what we just have to keep in mind because everything that Donald Trump does sort of becomes normal, “Oh, he says things on Twitter. Oh, this is just Donald Trump being Donald Trump”. This is NOT normal. We do NOT fire FBI Directors when they are closing in on the White House. This is not something that has happened before in American history.

[Q: So why do you think he was fired?]

Because the FBI is running an investigation against Donald Trump and Russia - AND APPARENTLY IT’S GETTING TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT. That is the only rational conclusion that you can draw from this fire.

Keep in mind that what Rod Rosenstein says in this letter is that what Comey said in his press conference LAST JULY was “outrageous”and that “it was just terrible” - well, Donald Trump QUOTED from that press conference REPEATEDLY. He was delighted by that press conference! How can that be grounds for his firing right now??? It makes NO SENSE. It’s irrational.

We can try to dress it up, but it’s just NOT credible that Donald Trump fired Jim Comey for being too mean to Hillary Clinton. It’s just NOT possible.

This is a White House that wanted to fire Comey and was looking for a reason.”

- Jeffrey Toobin, political expert

What really gets me about 13 reasons why is Hannah tried to get help and feel better so many times and was just shut down and ignored. She went to the counselor which is something people tell us we should do whenever we feel the way Hannah was feeling, and he let her down in a hugely major way. All he had to do was speak up, give her and the people who love her a chance to help her fight. She wrote a poem and a letter depicting how she was stuck and trapped in life and wanted to die, basically screaming for help and again no one did anything to help her. It truly breaks my heart that even through all the incredibly messed up shit going on in her life, she still gave life chances and tried her best ALONE until it was too much. She was a fighter, she fought the best she could, alone and broken but still fighting. I think she wanted to live and she tried so many times even after the traumatizing things she experienced, i think people just eventually broke her so far she just couldn’t get back together. People have to speak up, they have to realize words have more power than they think, it might not seem like a big deal but it is. It could literally spare a life. These things actually happen in real life, people don’t know how to handle mental health because it can be an uncomfortable topic, but they need to learn. We all do. Especially in the society we live today where most teens have anxiety and depression disorders and so many other mental health problems. Hannah would’ve gotten through it if she had the support she needed, it was the carelessness and indifference of the people around her that killed her.

Reid to Me

Summary: Reid x Reader. The Reader is a writer, who struggles to find the right words. But after a rough case, those words are all he wants to hear.

Author’s Note: This is my piece for @passionate-hedgehog‘s fic exchange! I was so excited when I saw I was lucky enough to be given the incredible, lovely, and ever-kind @reiding-and-writing, who gave me a lot of free reign in terms of plot. So here you are, dear! I hope you like it!


Words are all she has sometimes. Not that she minds, her whole world is constructed in syllables and letters, series of meanings strung together. Language is something she is especially grateful for when Spencer is away. Phone calls and text messages are the best forms of communication when he’s out in the field. Those words are her lifeline, letting her know that he’s okay, that he’s thinking of her, that he’ll be home soon. Sometimes she’ll slip handwritten notes into his bag, and he will tuck cards into random places around their apartment for her to find. It warms her heart each time she opens a drawer or turns the corner only to discover a piece of paper covered in his messy scribbling.

She has always been a writer, a teller of stories and chronicler of tales. It hasn’t always been easy. Copywriting, freelancing, editing. More often than not, her work has been putting words into someone else’s mouth for them. After months and months of rejection letters however, she finally received her first acceptance a month ago. Her own novel will soon be published, a work of her own to grace the shelves of bookstores and libraries. It’s her biggest accomplishment, but at times it’s hard to feel proud when her boyfriend quite literally saves lives for a living.

Today is one of those days. All morning and all afternoon she has spent at her desk. Occasionally taking a break to pace the living room or grab coffee and a pastry from the café below them. She sits, she waits. The right words do not come. They are elusive, just out of reach, taunting her. So close and yet so far. With Spencer gone, it’s lonely to be in the apartment. A perpetual state of waiting and wondering and hoping for time to pass quickly. For the return of the things she loves most. Her words. Her love. Her confidence in her own abilities.

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Fandom Drama

Y’all…

I normally just watch it all go by because real life provides enough drama and, for me, that’s not what my Tumblr time is for.

My time is for writing stuff and geeking out over common interests and YAY, you all are so great at that.

BUT…

I’m seeing stuff floating through my timeline where people are feeling disenchanted with fandom funtime because other people are dumping on what they enjoy.

Originally posted by wereville

I see this happen the most with ships, so I’ll stick to talking about that, but the general rant applies to all things fandom related.

You like something? AWESOME. Liking things is cool.

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

You don’t like something? That’s okay! Everyone has a right to their individual taste.

Originally posted by henryjedwards

What’s not cool, and makes ZERO sense, is crapping on something someone else enjoys.

What exactly are you trying to accomplish?

I’ll use the shipping example…

“You’re ship is not canon and will never be canon.”

Originally posted by n-wordbelike

Ummm…that’s sort of the point.

“Shipping” is a term that refers to the DESIRE for two characters to enter a relationSHIP.

Key there being “desire” and “enter”. That means IT HASN’T HAPPENED.

If your ship happens, that ship has sailed. And let’s be real, MOST of what happens in fandom is pure “hasn’t and may never leave the shore” ships. That’s sort of the fun of fandom is chatting about what you see with others who see it to.

The thing is, people who criticize one ship usually do so because they ship another pair that’s also NOT CANON. I’m sure in their head there are so many reasons why their ship is the OTP and someone else’s is a crack ship, but guess what? You can’t tell someone else how to interpret what they see.

In the fandom that brought this all up (today), let me tell you, I don’t ship ANY of the major ships. That doesn’t mean I go around dumping on every Barisi, Barson, Rollisi, Spaghetti post I see.

Because everyone should be able to like what they like.

So, whoever these anons (’cause, let’s face it, it’s always people hiding behind that) are who insist on making other people feel like they have to fight for their ship: chill.

Originally posted by rejected-on-a-cosmic-level

It’s TV. (or movies or books)

Someone liking something you don’t isn’t going to kill you.

People love Nickelback and LO AND BEHOLD I have survived yet another year of life.

You will see another day if someone thinks two fictional characters should kiss already.

/semi-rant

if you actually think ableism doesnt exist and is just some new tumblr buzzword, you seriously gotta get your head out of your ass and open your eyes.

the simple fact that, despite how awful ableism has been in the past, and how rampant and horrible it is today, and even after so many awful things that happen because of the constant ableism, there are still people who choose to believe it doesnt exist, who think the disabled dont go through as much as another group, or anything at all, shows how deeply embedded ableism is in this world.

why do you think you dont hear about this in history books? or in rallies? why do you think you need to literally search for stories about ableism? Because ableism is so bad that no one believes it exists so they dont include it in anything, even social justice movements that claim to fight for equality and be better than “the privileged” have a very VERY long and toxic history of ableism, a history that is still continued today, because no one calls out ableism in anything, because its so bad we dont think it exists.

so if you actually think ableism doesnt exist, congrats, youre proving that it does, because in order to believe such a serious form of discrimination is just some dorky internet trend made up by whiny teens, you have to ignore and erase every form of ableism ever.

in short, you have to be ableist to think ableism doesnt exist.

SENSE8 SEASON ONE SENTENCE STARTERS –– PART TWO/THREE
⟶ feel free to change pronouns, tenses, tweak the sentence to fit your muse, etc etc.

1.05 –– art is like religion

“I feel a little bit bloated today.”
“Jesus flying fuckballs.”
“If your enemy will not be humbled, destroy him.”
“I’m just feeling a little emotional today.”
“Decay and death haunt every breath we take.”
“I’m a fucking mess.”
“I see you, villain. I see you, with your fucking villain mustache!”
“I can’t breathe! I can’t think! I can’t remember anything.”
“You tacky, cheap-weaved, plastic titted whore!”
“Impossibility is a kiss away from reality.”
“Art is like religion.”
“I’ve got a hard-on that’s gonna last all week.”
“I prefer to assume you’re a hallucination.”
“Is it we who makes the choice, or the choice that makes us?”

1.06 –– demons

“They’re never going to stop, unless we make them.”
“I hate violence, but sometimes violence is necessary.”
“I thought it would be a good idea to keep an eye on you.”
“You don’t know what I want.”
“You’re a dangerous, perverted demon who never seems to have any clothes on.”
“He thinks a lot about everything.”
“If someone’s got a problem with me, I should know about it.”
“What is the secret to be a great lover?”
“I come here after a long night to smoke and converse with the sun.”
“All I’ve got is hash. It’s like pot but better.”
“It’s not the drugs that make a drug addict, it’s the need to escape reality.”
“I’m afraid I’ve just made the biggest mistake of my life.”
“It’s a terrible song about a mother killing her baby, but I always found it comforting.”

1.07 –– wwn double d?

“This isn’t a fair fight.”
“If you guys are starting some crime fighting, Charlie’s Angels shit, count me in.”
“Sometimes the only place you can find a brave and honest woman is in prison.”
“I’m not lucky. I’m privileged, not lucky.”
“This was our first night out ever.”
“You have to admit it was the best night of your life.”
“I’m not the bad guy. I’m the sad guy.”
“He’s twice the man you’ll ever be.”
“I’m feeling very Whitney Houston right now.”
“I would never go straight.”
“There was a time when people who heard voices were considered saints.”
“There must be some meaning to all of this that I can’t see.”
“Gods don’t give a shit about us.”
“I try not to think of you, but every time it brings me straight to you.”
“Do you think our connection is a sort of miracle?”
“I’ve always hated being alone.”
“Does this happen often?”
“So you’re already late? Would you like to be a lot late?”
“This could destroy my career, my whole life.”
“We are creatures of habit.”
“Have you ever not checked your email while waiting for coffee?”

1.08 –– we will all be judged by the courage of our hearts

“How can something still look so beautiful after we saw what we saw?”
“Why are you whispering?”
“How do I tell them apart if you keep calling all my friends motherfuckers?”
“This is the nicest thing a motherfucker has done for me today.”
“I miss my dog.”
“Sometimes it feels good to remember.”
“He would do anything for you.”
“Many educated people are stupid.”
“That’s how I take my coffee too.”
“A lot of things that are hard to talk about happened here.”
“I want to see that volcano nobody can pronounce the name of.”
“You cannot go back to that asshole.”
“We make choices and life has a way of making us pay for them.”
“If life has taught me anything, it’s that I can take a punch.”
“If this was an episode of CSI, I’m hooked.”
“That doesn’t sound sinister at all.”
“This isn’t a movie or a fucking tv show.”
“This is the real fucking world. Nothing’s fair.”
“In the end, we will all by judged by the courage of our hearts.”
“The idea of praying to a god for my own fate is sad and primitive.”
“Your tone is scaring me.”
“I love you more than I have ever loved anyone in my life.”

28 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE

Every once in a while we stop and think about the routines we have fallen into, the lives we have become comfortable with, and the surrounding we are accustomed to. Sometimes we feel a little lost in the direction we are headed. Sometimes we feel a little stuck. Sometimes we feel like we are not being honest with ourselves and are not living the life we actually want to live if money was not an object. 

There are so many things we wish we could do but we haven’t come around to doing it. We feel like there is more to life. We feel like we might be wasting our time if we don’t do it, yet, we feel stuck. There are so many reasons that we seem to be telling ourselves why we haven’t come around to doing it. We may feel like we don’t have enough time, but if we don’t make time for it, when will we ever make it happen? We may say that we don’t have enough money, but do we really need so much capital to begin with or can we take a leap of faith in ourselves and let life lead the way? We may feel like the time is not right, but if we keep waiting around, when will it ever be right? We may feel like we’re not ready, but we will never feel ready until we have already done it once.  

When these doubts or feelings occur, ask yourself these questions to help you determine what you really want out of life, where you are headed, and what you should do. 

1. If not now, then when?

2. What would you do if nobody would judge you? 

3. Have you done something worth remembering lately?

4. Time or money?

5. What is the one thing you are proud of but would never put on your resume?

6. In 20 years from now, what do you want to remember?

7. What is something that you have always wanted to do since you were a kid?

8. When did you first realize life is short?

9. What memory from the past makes you smile the most?

10. Are you proud of what you are doing or what have you done?

11. In one year from today, how do you want to be different?

12. Are you doing what you believe in or settling for what you are doing?

13. What do you need to do to make it happen?

14. What do you absolutely love in life?

15. Has your greatest fear come true?

16. What is success for you?

17. What makes you feel great about yourself?

18. What do you admire most in the world?

19. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like doing?

20. When was the last time you started something new?

21. In order of importance, how would you rank happiness, money, love, health, fame?

22. What was the thing that didn’t last forever, but was still worth a while?

23. What has fear or failure stopped you from doing?

24. In one word, how would you spend the last month of your life?

25. What do you want to be known for?

26. What are you thankful for?

27. What do you need to let go of?

28. If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?

    To actually sit down and answer all of these questions might be harder than you think. But I hope that after doing this self-discovery exercise, you now have a clear direction of what you want out of life and what you should do. 


    rob8419  asked:

    Why do you think so many young people struggle with life today?

    Honestly, I don’t think it’s just today. I think there’s always been someone struggling with life even in the past. Life is hard and sometimes you don’t feel like making the effort to get up and do things but you have to and so you do. One of my favorite quotes is by Cassandra Clare, “You endure what is unbearable and you bear it. That is all.” There is no specific reason for why things happen, it’s all chance. 

    Maybe I’m just young and naive and one day this might end up biting me in the ass for it. But I don’t understand undying loyalty for the company you work for even at personal cost in terms of time and money. So many of my coworkers willingly stay after they clocked out to help out. Which I appreciate, don’t get me wrong. It’s a great help. But dog, you should be getting paid for that. 

    Here’s the thing with me, once I clock out I really don’t give a finuck what happens. The line could be out the door, the number of scripts to be filled could be out the ass but if I’m clocked out? I ain’t doing none of that shit. 

    The reason why I’m talking about this today is because my boss gave me a funny look and said “not cool at all” when I clocked out and was bouncing. But I find her saying that to be incredibly hypocritical because she’s usually the first one out the door when her time is up and the night pharmacist clocks in. I’ve lost count at the number of times where she would leave me at the register and filling scripts while she packed up her shit and left. So why the fuck should I be held to a different standard ya know? 

    Anyways she says to me “not cool at all” and I look at her and deadass was like 

    As soon as I clock out my face goes from Carlton 

    to Ice Cube

    anonymous asked:

    Why do you only draw white people?

    Ah ok hello there,

    The fact is, I don’t only draw white people. I have several pieces where I have drawn people of colour. Now, I see where you’re coming from. The majority of the time, I do draw white people. This isn’t something that I explicitly set out to do. It’s not like I sit down at my desk and say “TODAY I’M GONNA DRAW ANOTHER WHITE PERSON.” But I often draw some of my favourite characters from fiction, and many of them happen to be white. There’s also this thing where artists subconsciously have a tendency to draw similar features to their own on their characters, because your face is of course the one you are most familiar with (I happen to be a white female, so this could also be why I don’t draw a lot of men). 

    If I have ever offended anyone by lack of representation in my drawings, I sincerely apologize. It was never my intention, and especially with the disgusting state of the world, it’s something I should keep in mind. Most of the time I’m just messing around and making stupid doodles. But again, if I have ever come across as one-sided, I am terribly sorry. 

    Positive Pregnancy Affirmations

    -You cannot steal tomorrow’s sorrow if something bad happens, you’re only stealing today’s joy by worrying.

    -There’s no reason why I can’t have a healthy baby like so many women do every year.

    -Today I am pregnant and I love my baby.

    - I am pregnant until someone tells me otherwise.

    - My past does not dictate my future. A previous m/c does not mean I will have another m/c.

    -Just because something sad is happening to another poster, does not mean it will happen to you. We all know m/c and complications are not contagious!

    - Hope does not make bad things happen" You cannot jinx your pregnancy by creating a ticker, getting excited, or telling someone. Live in the positive!

    - There is nothing I can do to prevent a m/c from happening. Worrying yourself sick doesn’t prevent a m/c. And if (God forbid) it were to happen again, I know I will survive.

    (saved these in january, if you wrote these let me know so i can take them down/give credit!)

    Why You Need To Believe in Psychics

    A woman walking down the street had just been given the worst news of her life. She had cancer and didn’t know whether she was going to live or die. What would she tell her children. She was stopped by a man in the street. 

    “You have breast cancer, right?”

    “Yes.” She said breathlessly.

    “You’ll be fine. I promise.” With that, he walked away. 


    This man was a complete stranger to her. How in the world did he know that about her? She didn’t have a clue. But, his prediction came true. She beat cancer and has been in remission for ten years. 

    We’ve all had that happen to us, more or less. We get strange feelings, premonitions, dreams, and visions. There are no real explanations for them, but we just know things. We don’t know why we know them. Why can’t there be a set of people out there that have tuned into this all the time? 


    Skepticism is healthy. You should be skeptical of anyone that can see into the future or at least tell you that they can. However, why is that so farfetched when I can guarantee you all of us have had feelings that something bad or good was going to happen and then it did. There are just some people on earth that can tap into those feelings all the time.


    Animals know things. They have even been known to predict death, special weather occurrences, and other things. So why is it so strange that a human can do it?

    Remain skeptical but open to the possibilities. I have helped people with many life situations. Even the most staunch skeptic, I’ve made a believer. Try out a psychic reading today.

    Say It Again

    Stone Cold Part 2

    Read Part One

    I was late for work.  So very late for work.  I had never been this late for work in my life.  But that sure as hell wasn’t gonna stop me from getting a coffee before I actually headed into the office.  Going without coffee for the day was unacceptable, most people would agree with me on that.  And there was no way I was going to drink the black sludge in the communal kitchen area.

    Gross.

    Starbucks was across the street from my new office anyway, Thank God.  So it wasn’t like I was going to save that much time by skipping.  However, I stepped inside to see the longest line in the history of lines.  Ugh.

    I pulled my phone from my heavy winter coat, disentangling myself from the puffy red scarf my mother had knitted for me as I tried to get my glove off.  I finally just resorted to pulling it off with my teeth.  I was in the middle of a text to my co-worker Tom when I glanced up.

    It was a two second glance up from my phone.

    Barely a blip.

    I wasn’t even looking at anything.  

    But there he was.  Standing about six feet away from me, a smirk on his face that definitely said he wasn’t happy to see me.

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    Drama Queen - Max

    Request in which Max catches a cold. (it’s more of a crack fic lol)

    ***

    “MAX!”

    The Australian boy who happens to be your lover completely ignores you, preferring to collect the trash out of his backyard. Another day filming ending up badly: well, the boys were pleased with the video, but of course that they had made a mess out of the whole garden. You rolled your eyes at your lover’s attitude, leaning against the doorway and watching him, annoyed, with your arms crossed.

    “Max, what the fuck are you doing?” you asked, hoping that he’ll listen to you.

    “Cleaning, what does it look like?” he answers, too busy to grumble something about the mess that he created in the first place. He was drunk, that was sure—and it was his idea to throw fucking eggs and rotten fruits at him. Why he was complaining, it was just a Max thing. You weren’t going to help him; not because you were a pristine human being (although touching that filth wasn’t appealing at all), but because you were tired of doing it. It has happened so many times that you got sick of it and well, it was HIS mess in the first place. You had other problems to solve. Ok, sometimes you did help him, but today was not the day! Today, you were tired of cleaning!

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    After what happened today with Harry and that “fan” I have no wonders about why most of the time Harry looks uncomfortable in fan pics  or videos when fans hug him or are too close to him… He never complains about anything, so now I wonder how many times things like this have happened to him? How many times fans has done or tried to do something like this to him??? Now I’m wondering this :/

    open rp || mutuals only

           Why do some ponies feel the need t’go around & cause trouble?? Some boneheads thought it be real funny t’go & knock down a whole bunch of apples on the ground & then stomp on ‘em. Now ah gotta spend extra time cleaning it up. Whatever happened t'respect??

    anonymous asked:

    This might be slightly stupid thing to ask, but how do you get interested in reading again? I used to read so many books when I was younger but now after school/work, I'm so tired that I'd rather watch TV than read.

    Hey lovely, this isn’t stupid at all, I think its happening to most readers today and I definitely find this problem! I have a lot of thoughts on why this is, but long story short it’s because of a) book elitism and b) instant gratification due to the development of television, internet etc and its harder to both make the commitment and maintain interest in books (I even find it hard to finish a two hour long movie most nights). But, as our attention spans are becoming shorter its even more important to keep reading, and last year I finally decided to get out of my reading rut and committed to reading 52 books throughout the year (which isn’t that much to some people, but was more than I had read over the previous few years). Some things that helped me:

    1. Good Reads
      I don’t understand how anyone who reads doesn’t use Good Reads already, but it is amazing for organising your reading. You search for books you want to read, have read or are currently reading and “shelve” them accordingly so you can find them better. I use this to look at reviews, see what my GR’s friends have been reading/recommending, and search different genres or categories to find things I may be interested in.  

    2. Set A Goal
      Though you can do this by yourself and keep a number in mind, I’d recommend using Good Reads’ Reading Challenge as it shows how many books behind/in front you are and the percentage you have finished for the year (displayed on a progress bar). At the end, it will also give you an overview of your year of reading, showing how many pages you read, the longest and shortest books, your average rating, your favourites and other cool things. Actually visualising your progress can really, really help and keep you motivated to stay on top of your goal (it got me to read around 15 books in december to finish my 52). For some people this may only make reading stressful which is NOT good (so if thats the case don’t do it), but if you like planning definitely set your goal now!

    3. Social Media
      Blogging about literature that I loved or wanted to read on Tumblr also really helped motivate me, especially when people started asking me about books. If you want more readers to follow/talk to you, try making edits or posts for your fandoms and initiate conversations. Also make sure you follow people who blog about literature so it comes on your dash more frequently and keeps you interested! If instagram or youtube fits you better, try looking at people who discuss books on there too.

    4. Environment and Different Mediums
      If you get distracted when reading, try to create a space or situation strictly for books. This could be a room in your house, lying on the end of your bed, sitting in a beanbag with a cup of tea — just something you recognise as a place for reading. Make sure you keep your laptop and phone away so you don’t get distracted! You can also try downloading books onto your phone or computer so when you’re away from home and need entertainment you might pick it up and get invested (this has helped me start reading several times after becoming bored at the hairdressers or on the bus, even though I prefer physical books).

    5. Re-Read Your Favourite Books
      This is the absolute most important thing when getting back into reading. Never feel pressured to read classics, memoirs or best sellers if they simply don’t interest you! The best thing you can do is pick up one of your favourite books so you know you will finish it quickly, because it will make you want to keep turning pages. It’s even better if there is a series you love, as that gets you back in the habit of picking up another book straight away (reading Harry Potter always helps me). Similarly, don’t be afraid to put a book down if you don’t enjoy it - there is no shame in moving on if it’s just going to make you dislike reading again and lose interest.  Never feel ashamed of reading something others don’t like or approve of, if you don’t enjoying reading then there is no point at all.

    6. Bonus; do whatever else motivates you
      It doesn’t matter if what you enjoy/get motivated by is what other people call superficial or whatever else. If a pretty book cover makes you want to pick it up then buy books with pretty covers! If taking pictures for #bookstagram helps to motivate you than do it!!! Just rediscover the excitement of reading again, the feeling of staying up all night to finish a good book, rushing to the local store because you can’t wait for a new instalment. Reading should always be enjoyable, so make sure you are reading for you and not just because you feel like you should.