Even as a casual reader, the cost of buying books can quick add up. Gone are the days of picking up a new book for a little over a fiver. Nowadays, a bestseller will set you back £8 or £9, with new releases in hardback costing well over £10. Reading should not be an expensive hobby.
When I was growing up, I would always look forward to Sunday mornings as my dad would take my sister and I to the local library. My clearest memories of mornings spent in that historic building involved me taking over the teenage section. I would always be affronted if someone else was browsing too. What if they took the next book in the series I was working through? I would painstakingly sweep through every shelf of every bookcase, looking for something that was becoming increasingly rare – a book that I hadn’t read yet. I would select 10 at a time – the maximum that the library allowed people to borrow – and usually read one from cover to cover that afternoon and evening. That was the magic of teen books. I could get through them incredibly quickly and they usually weren’t hard to digest.
No-one should ever judge your interests. It’s fine if you’re into kite surfing, dungeons and dragons, or running ultra marathons. But there are definitely certain hobbies that will raise an eyebrow, and it seems like saying that you love Disney might be one of them. Maybe it’s because it sounds like I go home and watch Cinderella all day (in reality, I rarely watch the films and spend a lot more time watching vlogs of Walt Disney World). I think it’s time to say that any hobby is really okay.
As you may know, I went to my first blogging event at the end of June. Everyone was so lovely and easy to chat to, and naturally most conversations started with blog content. Most were lifestyle, some were food, and since we were at a crafting event, some were on arts and crafts. My little corner of the internet doesn’t fit into one distinct category, so I told the truth. “It’s a bit of lifestyle, a bit of travel… and also Disney,” I would tell people when they asked. Everyone would cling onto this last category as it’s a bit different. Again, everyone was very kind at the event, but I could see that people were perhaps wondering why I was blogging about Disney as a single woman with no children (no-one ever said this, but some were definitely surprised).
But it is not weird in the slightest for people in their 20s, 30s and beyond to have a love of Disney. This is why.