The Awkward Solemn Oath I took at the beginning of 2017…

Solemn Oath

Solemn Oath means a dignified promise you make mostly to yourself or someone else. In other words, it also means, ‘you are screwed!’

Remember those tiny voices that start ringing in our heads as the New Year approaches? Yep! I have those too. Some call it New Year Resolutions, which I don’t make as I know I won’t be able to ride the resolution cart through the year.

Solemn Oath My Petridish Micky Mouse
Nope! Just can’t.

Still, I wanted to make an exception in 2017 & as ironic as it sounds, don’t we all love higher difficulty levels? Yes, I have the disease to aim for higher difficulty levels as soon as I land my eyes on them. In this scene, I decided not to buy any new books until the end of June 2017

Bilbo Bagging It would be fun they said
Take new resolutions. It will be fun they said.

I’m a Tsundoku & a bibliophile. Tsundoku means someone who accumulates books/reading materials and keeps making a pile without reading them. Bibliophile is someone who loved reading books and accumulates them.

I have lots of unread books and I still like buying books. I get sick often so reading isn’t as possible as it used to be but gotta read them all later, you know? 😉

How am I losing my mind over it? 

I have never ever felt so bad about an oath before. Frankly, because I never took one. This one is proving to be a huge challenge. Every day I read book reviews by blogger pals, Instagram pictures, Tweets and don’t even get me started with the number of lists I see on Facebook. The biggest culprit is Goodreads! So many books, so little life. *Sad*

Plus, I am sick often and have time on hand to do things like tumbling and insta-gramming. Out of this oath, a huge list of books is taking birth on my Amazon.

How am I coping?

I downloaded new apps on my phone. 🙂 Serial Reader is my best buddy now. I am reading novels that I might never have read. For instance, imagine reading ‘The King of The Golden River by John Ruskin’. Published in 1851 this one is a simple moral story.

The King of The Golden River by John , solemn oath
The King of The Golden River by John Ruskin

I am reading different mythologies through the apps like – Greek/Roman/Japanese/Hawaiian/Indian etc mythologies. Some Indian Vernacular apps as well. Don’t worry, I have not started with another Sherlock Holmes app yet. This year is turning a different page for me in the book world.

If you have any apps you love for reading (Please, don’t suggest Kindle, there’s something wrong with it in my system!) please, suggest me.


Finally, I don’t know about you but I think this will be my first and last oath. Not a fan. Never take a solemn oath that requires more than 1 month of your life.

So What kind of New Year Resolutions/Oath you took this year? Particularly any that you are facing trouble with?

 

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  • An oath should be working in your favour, that is to say: it should make you happier. If it leaves you this sad, maybe alter it? Or break it? Or try to remember why you came up with it in the first place (also try to recreate the feeling that accompanied your decision). Hope it works out for you! 🙂

    • I am not going to break it. I think it is good for me, I have too many unread books anyway. haha, These days I hardly have much time left to read as well. Sadly, I don’t come on blog as well.

      How is your study going on?

      • I know that feeling all too well, haha, not wanting to give up. So I wish you good luck with keeping your oath, although I am convinced you will 🙂
        My study is coming along gently, but the things it triggers in my mind are intense.

        • haha thanks Sammy. 🙂 You are lucky then study that triggers thoughts is just great.

  • Tsundoku is a new word for me. Thank you…:-) I never dare to take any solemn oath..I know, it’s dangerous… 😀

    • It truly is dangerous. Now, I stopped looking at Amazon/Flipkart. Tsundoku is a word for many of us book lovers. Are you Tsundoku?

  • Oh no, this sounds so challenging! Sorry to hear that you’ve been sick 🙁

    My only oath was to go to Guyana, and that might actually happen. We’ll see…

    • thanks dear. Wow… Wish you all the best for Guyana trip. 🙂

  • Wow, hard one. So, so, so, so hard. No new books, I can’t imagine. Can you take them out from the library at least? Best of luck. Reminds me of Lent when people say they’re going to give up chocolate. I can’t imagine it. Cheers.

    • I don’t think I can give up chocolate, maybe after some time it must get all right. Many of my relatives have done it. Book fast is very challenging for me, I don’t know how long I can hold on, let’s see.No library checks either. haha 🙂 Thanks for the wishes 😉

  • Ha! I’m right in there with you. I have books everywhere. I have an Amazon habit. I tried the local library, but it wasn’t the same.

    • I remember my time with local libraries in the UK. They are quite awesome, so many books, mangas/movies. A plethora of it. My city library sucks not even new vernacular books. 🙁 So no use going there now. Amazon is a tricky jungle of books. hehe

  • Did I make a resolution? Don’ think I did, so, whew! success for sure!

    • hahahha sure success 😉 I’ll join you next year partner!

  • Send me the app name in whatsapp 😛 I got few apps but I seldom read e-books so I don’t know whether they are the best or not 😀

    • Sure I will. I don’t read e-books either but the app turned out to be a good one, I keep reading one after another on my long bus journeys to and fro for work. I don’t think e-readers are good, I really like a book in my hands but I like this app as I can get a random book I won’t ever come across on Amazon etc.

  • The ‘I will eat less chocolate’ oath fails every year! 🙂

    • haha you take that oath? I just can’t bring myself to it.

  • No oaths for me. Looks like you’re learning a good lesson.

    • haha I am also learning to curb my hunger for books I’ll pile. Maybe by June I’ll have a new found wisdom toward book-buying. lol

      • Excellent! Everything is working out for good.