I’ve had an interesting shift in my reading since I started blogging. Originally, I started my blog because I loved reading and wanted a place to discuss books – I didn’t have very many friends who read in “real life”. As the months went on, though, I noticed my reading change from the amount, the types of books, and my overall enjoyment.
This may be the post I’ve needed to write to finally admit exactly why I’ve been in a 6-month or more reading slump.
Let’s talk about that for a bit. I’ll also be attempting to address a fix to my problems, suggestions are welcome!
I READ FAR LESS
The prominent difference between pre-blog and post-blog is that I actually read less than I did before I started. Who knew? When I was creating my new GoodReads account, I realized as I was entering Read dates, that I went from reading 5-10 books a month to being lucky if I even get to one (if you haven’t already been able to tell from all the wrap-ups or lack thereof)
I think this has to do with a few things, which I’ll address later, but the central one is time. Reviews are probably the least read posts on blogs which pushes many of us to write more discussions or recommendation lists. If you know me, you know it takes me a long ass time to write anything. Fundamentally, I didn’t put in the time to read because I needed to write discussions to truly discuss anything with y’all.
The Fix: I mentioned this in my wrap-up the other day, but I’ll be posting less for a little while. Instead of 3-5 times per week, I’m going to try for 2 times per week (not including reviews if I do write them). I’m hoping this will help me write more posts further in advance, opening up so much free time to read! (This will most likely be temporary until I can catch up)
I DON’T ENJOY BOOKS AS MUCH
GASP! Let me explain. I love reading, I still love books. I have noticed that with the responsibility of writing reviews came this trend of me disliking more books than ever before. I became more critical of what I was reading. I nitpick at things that probably wouldn’t have bothered me at all pre-blog. I also find that I will be thinking about my review while reading instead of concentrating on the story. This helps when I sit down to write my review, but a great reading experience that does not make.
The Fix: I’m probably going to post an entire discussion about this because there are so many conflicting views – but to put it simply now, I’m going to read a book without critiquing it too much. I don’t want to nitpick or be looking for negatives while reading.
CHOOSING BOOKS HAS GOTTEN DIFFICULT
Pre-blog, I only knew about the books on the shelves at Barnes & Noble. I didn’t read any book blogs or go online to find the newest release. This is a double-edged sword. I’m finding so many amazing books. I’ve discovered more authors across all genres and subgenres. I have so much to choose from – but it’s that amount that can simply get overwhelming for me. I want to read a book I think I’ll like, but I also want to read a book I think will spark discussion with anyone else.
I tend to look at my TBR pile and feel defeated, which results in me not even picking up a book.
The Fix: Really, I have no idea how to manage this feeling. A book ban is not going to work (hello, ACOWAR, Avenged, The Crown’s Fate, Romona Blue, and so much more!). I’ve tried schedules but if I tell myself I have to read something, I hate it. Suggestions welcome!
All of this could explain my slump. Owning my own business, running a blog, trying to keep up with social media, and having my real life with my husband to tend to, takes up a lot of time. Add on that there are so many books to read, and that I’ve become very critical of books, I just read less. This appears to be a sort of habit that I’ve formed over the past two years and will take time to reverse, but gosh darn it, I’m going to try!
How has blogging changed your reading? Do you read more or less? How do you manage your time and TBR to not feel that defeat?