Why Reading Together Can Be A Good Valentine’s Day Date

So as I’m sure all of you know, today is Valentine’s Day, which can make a lot of people happy, or very upset. Some of you might have a date and are celebrating, some have a date and don’t feel the need to celebrate.

Some people may have no date and aren’t too happy about it, while other still might have no date and couldn’t be happier about that. If anything, it’s more romantic to have that perfect date any other day of the year, because you won’t be societally obligated to go through with it.

If you are happy about what you are doing on Valentine’s Day, then I am happy for you, there’s no pressure to find that perfect date.

I have been thinking about this idea a lot recently, and I was wondering if sitting with your significant other and just enjoying books together can be an awesome gift to eachother today.

Yeah, some people wan’t some crazy gifts; boxes of chocolates, flowers, food, jewellery, but I think a lot of people are happy just spending time with the person they love.

That’s why I believe my idea could be a great present to eachother. The only problem for this idea is that both people need to be interested in books.

Let’s examine the idea a little more.

If you and your parnter are both big readers, but don’t really like eachother’s favourite genres, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Personally, my girlfriend isn’t a big reader, but when she does read it tends to be on the darker side of the spectrum, where I prefer more epic fantasy books.

I think a nice romantic gesture like swapping books with eachother and putting the time in to reading a book that your partner has chosen for you can be a good date idea, and also help your relationship. Maybe you don’t like the book in the end, but maybe you do.

I think the key part is putting in the effort for your parnter and showing some interest in something that they are interested in.

To spice things up a bit, you two can get some comfy sweats on, make a nice warm cup of tea (or whatever your reading drink of choice is) and curl up under a nice warm blanket together and enjoy eachother’s company while you both read a good book.

This works if you and your partner like the same books too. It might be easier because this way you don’t have to swap books with eachother, you can just take whichever book you are reading at the time and enjoy it in the presence of the person you love.

I’m not saying this is the perfect date idea, and I’m not saying your partner will even enjoy it if you would. I just think that it could be a nice alternative to watching Netflix together (which also isn’t a bad idea)

I’d love to hear what everyone’s doing for Valentine’s Day. Let me know in the comments section.

Weekly Recap

In case you missed any of my posts this week, here they are:

Monday: Book Review: The Once and Future King

Tuesday: Type It Out Tuesday

Wednesday: Wednesday News

Thursday: Why Reading is Hard

Friday: Quote of the Day

 

Why Reading is Hard

So that title might have confused you at first. I mean if you think about it, it’s really not that hard to read, right?

All you have to do is put some letters together, and once you’ve done that, they carry a certain meaning.

I think most people learned how to read pretty early on in life, but I guess there might be some people who aren’t able to read even as an adult.

Luckily, those aren’t the people I am talking to today.

The people I am talking to today are people who read books, who I think might understand what I am talking about today.

So what I mean by saying reading is hard , is that sitting down to read a book and focusing all of your attention on the book is quite difficult, not the actual mental capability to put letters together.

It’s pretty easy to sit in front of a tv or computer screen and watch some show. You get to see what each character looks like. You get to see what each scene looks like. You get to SEE everything.

When it comes to reading, everything is in your hands, or your brain more specifically. You read the words, and then you have to imagine the characters faces. You have to imaging the scenery, the clothing, the entire story.

There’s no recap at the beginning of every chapter or at the start of every book. Yeah, there might be a little backtracking of events if something happened a few books ago, but if you don’t remember what happened to a certain character, you have to hope you can find the right page, or look it up online.

That’s really why reading is so hard, but just because it’s hard, doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable and relaxing.

There’s nothing better, in my opinion, than reading a good book.

Yeah watching some Netflix or YouTube can be fun, and I enjoy doing that too, but theres nothing quite like reading.

As I was writing this, I think the biggest reason I enjoy reading so much is because it’s something I create so to speak. I mold the world in the way I interpret the words. For tv, the world is already molded for me.

I hope you enjoyed this post, I enjoyed writing it. What do you think of what I had to say? Let me know in the comments.

Book Review: The Once and Future King

Rating: 4/5

Author: T.H. White

The Kid Who Would Be King is a new movie out in theatres, and it’s yet another movie about King Arthur, or some version of him.

I’m not complaining, because I am a big fan of the Arthurian legend, but when we get a movie adaptation of the story every few years, it’s a little too much.

Now I haven’t read that book, but one Arthurian legend book that I have read is The Once and Future King.

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T.H. White got the name of the book from Sir Thomas Malory’s “Le Morte d’Arthur”, where he claims that King Arthur’s tomb has Hic iacet Arthurus, rex quondam, rexque futurus”. 

For those who aren’t fluent in Latin, basically what that means is “Here lies Arthur, king once, and king to be.”

I heard about it from watching X2 when Professor X talks to Magneto about what a man can do when he has power.

As Arthur becomes king, he attempts to go against the “might is right” attitude that was common at the time in a historical context.

Since Arthur wasn’t a real person, White’s retelling of the story differs slightly from what people commonly associate to Arthur, but it is still the same idea.

The Once and Future King ends just before Arthur’s final battle against his illegitimate son Mordred, but follows the basic story people often know about King Arthur:

  • His training with Merlyn (no battle with Madam Mym though)
  • His seduction by his half sister Morgause, and the adoption of the chivalric order of the Round Table
  • The love affair between Lancelot and Guinevere
  • The eventual downfall of Camelot because of Mordred’s hatred of Arthur/the love affair of Lancelot and Guinevere

Now I’m a sucker for the medieval era with knights and sword fights. I’ve loved that idea since I was a kid, and I probably wont stop, and I think The Once and Future King is a great depiction of the era, using the Arthurian legend to show the code of chivalry that has come and gone through history.

What’s great about it though, is the fact that it really doesn’t much of its time on knights and fighting. I mean yeah, it is part of the story, but probably about 1/4 of it focuses on Arthur’s (or Wart as he is known at the time) training by Merlyn as different animals.

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I always thought that was a movie thing from watching The Sword in the Stone. You know, kids movie, funny talking animals that teach you a lesson. But no, it’s actually how the story was written, and being an adult I kind of understand how the lessons make sense.

I tried not to let my love of knights and the medieval era stain my judgement of this one.

I did genuinely really enjoy The Once and Future King though. I had read it a few years ago and couldn’t stop myself from reading it when I had a free moment.

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Since there are so many different adaptations of the Arthurian legend, what’s your favourite? Let me know in the comments.

Next week I’m gonna take a look at a book, named after a guy who has a metal heart. Maybe you can guess that one. 

Weekly Recap

In case you happened to miss one of my posts this week here they are:

Manga Review: Bleach

Type it Out Tuesdays

Wednesday News: January 23

Top 5 Manga/Anime Characters

Quote of the Day: January 25

As always I hope you guys enjoy.

Weekly Recap

In case you missed any of this week’s posts, here they are:

Book Review: History’s Worst Inventions

Type it Out Tuesday: January 15

Wednesday News: January 16

What does my library look like?

Quote of the Day: January 18