Book or YouTube?


One of the reasons why I have recently minimized my activity on both this blog and my Instagram is the combination of uni and part-timing. When I am not thinking about the structure of my essay on Brian Friel's play, I am at work (in a small restaurant Café 52 in the city centre of Aberdeen). Get Out Again is based on the books I read. But in these days it seems like I cannot spare an hour to read just for pleasure, and not going through articles and other secondary sources for my studies. Or am I wrong?

What do you do in your free time? How do you relax? And can you still relax with a book when during the day you already read 200 pages of literary criticism (something like when a chef is sick of cooking at home, after serving customers at work)?

In summer I read about six books per month (in August it was even more, have a look here), but now I am struggling to find time to dive into any of the four books that are waiting on my night stand and which are, in no way, related to my studies. Not mentioning the fact that now I am dying to read Kazuo Ishiguro who has just won the Nobel Prize for Literature (congratulations)! But when I come back from work (physically dead because I usually stand from six to twelve hours, serving customers) or from uni (mentally dead as I often end up in the library after my classes, taking notes from books) the idea of reading a book is simply not relaxing. Instead I watch videos on YouTube, or TV-shows on Netflix, gaining absolutely nothing from it except the fact that I do not need to use my brain.

So my question is: Am I the only one who does it like this? Claiming that I cannot find a spare minute to relax with a good book? Although in reality there is always some time left, I just decide to use it on watching YouTube?

Please, let me know about your ways of relaxing after work/uni. 

P.S. I am not saying that I am giving up on this blog or reading novels. I am just trying to express my feelings about the phrase "I have no time to do xyz", while watching YouTube. 

P.P.S. Aka, what English student's life actually looks like!

P.P.P.S. This article sounds slightly depressing, but I have been simply missing summer, coffee shops and freshly printed novels waiting for me to read them. I think that autumn blues is officially here! 

P.P.P.S. I also absolutely love this article about how Facebook is eating our world. Have a look here!