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?