I feel like I’m in a book reading slump. Do you ever feel that way? It seems like it’s taking me longer to read each book I select. I used to read a book in 2-3 days, it’s now taking 5-10 days! Also, I find that I’m not enjoying reading like I once was. Usually, I found it almost impossible to put down a book, especially in the last 100 pages, but lately, I’ll read a few pages and walk away.
I think part of it is due to my blog. I LOVE my blog and enjoy reviewing books, but now I have the added pressure to come up with something intelligent to say about the books I read. Back when I was reading a book a day, I could skip a few pages, maybe miss a conversation or event, and it wouldn’t matter. Now I need to pay attention so that I don’t make an error in my review. It used to be that when I finished a book, I would think “I LOVED that,” or “Eh, not so good.” But now I need to figure out where it falls on a scale from 1 to 5 and WHY! In addition, I am constantly thinking about the review as I read. I’ll make notes “I like this part…” or “This seems out of place…” and I’ll think “I want to make sure I highlight this in my review.”
Or maybe I just need to recharge my batteries with something new. A new author? (I am finding several) A new genre? (doubtful!) Something a little more smutty? (probably)
And it could just be that I need to read without the constant barrage of kids’ needs, housework, blog upkeep, blog networking, email checking, twitter influences, etc.
So what about you? Have you ever found yourself in a book reading slump? What did you do to get out of it?