Reading a Bad Book is Like Eating a Bad Piece of Sushi

For all of you sushi eaters out there I hope this story can relate.  For all of you non-sushi eaters out there I don’t think there’s any hope for you.  When I’m on a solid sushi kick I feel like I’m eating the stuff at least 2-3 times a week.  I mean I literally can’t get enough of the stuff.  Give me any type of piece at any time of day and it’s going to satisfy me to no end.  And I’ll be on a roll (for lack of a better word) for a week or two and then the inevitable happens: the bad sushi day.

Out of nowhere I’m eating a piece of sushi and it’s got that “gone bad, fishy” taste to it.  You know, the kind of taste where you’re thinking to yourself, “how the hell did this piece get in here?”  You feel betrayed.  You feel sad.  And you also hope to God you don’t puke.  It’s just a horrible horrible feeling and there’s nothing you can do about it.  No matter how much you want to reverse course and enjoy the sushi you are eating, it’s just really really hard to do.

What inevitably happens is that the sushi kick you were on gets put on pause.  For me personally, when I have a bad piece of sushi, it takes me an extremely long time to return to eating sushi.  Sometimes as long as six months.  And this is where reading comes in.

Reading a bad book is like eating a bad piece of sushi

Using the example above, I find that my reading experience is extremely similar to my sushi eating experience.  When I’m on a reading kick I can go 4,5,6 books in a row and just crave more and more of the stuff.  I’ll be in a groove and find myself reading hundreds of pages a week, never getting tired of the content I’m consuming.

But then, out of nowhere a super shitty book comes along.  I thought I was going to like it.  I read the reviews.  It looked like it would be great and it’s just a total clunker.  I try so hard to keep reading it but one skipped day becomes two, then three, and before I know it an entire month goes by because that one crappy book just took the wind out of my sails.

And just like sushi it can take me up to 6 months to a year before I pick up a book again.  What’s my message in all of this?

Don’t do that

Reading is amazing for you.  I don’t need to go into all of the details with regard to how reading increases your intelligence.  I don’t need to mention how reading improves your cognitive skills, concentration, knowledge base, and about a gazillion other things.

For God’s sake don’t stop reading.  Trust me.

If you read a bad book, get another one right away

Here’s a good rule of thumb.  If you read a book that sucks or you’re just not into it, put the thing down and buy another one immediately.   Don’t wait.  Don’t hesitate.  Get on the internet, do your research and find another book and hit purchase right away.  Don’t let yourself get flustered by a bad book and lose out on 6 months of reading like I’ve done.

If you’re not a big reader, try to become one.  Just watch what happens.  I’m telling you this right now.  Your life will improve.  I don’t even know how, I just know it will.  I’m dead serious.  Just trust me on this.

Like I said, I don’t need to go into all the scientific details as to why reading is good for you.  I just know it is.

Rant over.

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