On Being in a Reading Rut

Hey all! It feels like FOREVER since I have written anything. The end of the summer flew by, and between being out of town and mentally drained I really haven’t done much of anything.


And when I say I haven’t done much of anything I seriously mean it. I have hardly read, which gives me very little to talk about with you guys (and it makes me so sad and feel a but like a failure but that is 100% on me and I need to be ok with it).

So, what’s been happening in my reading life? I mean I have read so many amazing books this year and I am nearly finished with my Goodreads goal. If you look at it on paper everything seems solid, but for some reason I just can’t sit down and read.

I have been trying to figure out just what it is and how to fix it, which is easier said than done.

Firstly, I think I am at a reading crossroads. Maybe crossroads isn’t the right word, but I am finding myself branching out more and more. The past couple years I have been solely YA fantasy, and I still love YA fantasy. But the more I read the more I notice that I want more. I want more history, more real world stories. I want to be able to relate to things, and sometimes YA just doesn’t cut it for me. On top of that I am on series overload. So much of what I was reading was a part of a series that is still ongoing. And while I love the stories and the worlds I just find myself feeling bogged down and fully committed to them, which has really left me struggling to start books I have been dying to read.


Secondly, I think I am overwhelmed. I have found so many books that are across so many genres that I feel like I need to read. I see books friends are reading and feel that I have to read them so that we have even more to talk about. There are books that people say you just need to read, and I feel like yes I absolutely need to read them. Because of all of this my tbr just keeps growing and growing which means I find myself staring at stacks of books and not even knowing where to start.


Lastly, I think I am trying too many things at once. I keep adding these books to my TBR and then I immediately try to get my hands on them. I know that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I keep doing it even while I am trying to read something else. It’s to the point that I can’t focus on one thing and keep trying something new. Bouncing around is exhausting, and I think it has really pushed me further into the reading rut.


So what am I going to do? I am returning all of my library books. I was about 100 pages into one and loving it, but got busy and haven’t sat down to read it since Wednesday. Now that is something that I should be doing if I love it so much right? It’s a pretty obvious sign that it’s just not working for me right now (even though I love it so much). I can check them out again once I am in the mood for it. This will help me really focus in on the books that I have. So for the rest of the month, and maybe even into next month, I will be reading just what I own. I have a few arcs I can work through as well as many books I have really been wanting to read here in my house. I need to focus on one and at a time. I need to not worry about how fast I run. I need to worry about reading what I want and not what I think is expected.

After a tough summer of reading I am so ready to cozy up with some good books this fall, which also means I will hopefully have more to share with you soon! Here’s to some good books ahead!

Question: What do you do when you are in a reading rut?


7 thoughts on “On Being in a Reading Rut

  1. Such a good post. I had such a struggle in July and only read 4 books compared to the 12 I read in June. Sometimes it just gets so tough picking what you want to read. I’ve got piles all over the house of books I haven’t been able to read yet and what’s helped me is to just remember that I will always have them so there’s no time limit on when they need to be read. I read what I want to read, or am in the mood for. I only request ARC’s of books I really want to read and make sure they are spread out far enough apart that I don’t have to feel stressed to get them done. It’s always a crappy feeling being in such a rut. It shouldn’t feel like work. Just read what you enjoy and what you want to read! πŸ™‚

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    1. I like your thinking. Owning books means there’s no due dates or time restrictions really. That thought definitely takes some of that creates pressure off. Sadly still in the rut. But this time I have had things going on since this post and just have had no time. But I will get there. I know I will.

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  2. Sounds like a good call to me! You definitely shouldn’t feel pressured about reading. Go with whatever you’re interested in and enjoying, whatever genre it happens to be! Sometimes, though I feel horrible saying it, I just don’t feel like reading. And that’s okay! If I’m feeling more like Netflix than a book for a while, that’s fine. You do you and go at your pace. πŸ™‚

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    1. That’s what I keep telling myself. My life this year compared to last year is incredibly different. Instead of sitting at home doing nothing I am busy. So sometimes I get home and just can’t focus. But it’s ok. I will get back to reading soon enough.


  3. Normally binge watch TV (sometimes lots of KDramas because I convince myself reading subtitles is like the same thing… hahaha) I’ll do the same when I’m in a writing rut. When trying to break it I tend to pick up very short reads like a lot of Harlequin Presents or novellas because it’s easier. (Or write in short bursts of time/word counts.) I will also switch formats – so if I was listening to a lot of books, I’ll do ebook or print, and vice versa.

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    1. I have definitely tried a few short stories. It helped a little in getting me to remember why I loved reading, but my head is just not in the right space all the sudden. I will get there. Right now I am binging Netflix to help my mind focus (hopefully). My goal is to crack open a book tomorrow!


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