Instead of a What I’m Reading & Writing Wednesday this week, I will be writing a Confessions of a Book Blogger (because I have still yet to finish either of the books I’ve been reading for about 3 weeks now). So. Frustrating.
Last week, I expressed my frustration because for the first time ever, I felt like I was in a reading slump. I was feeling entirely overwhelmed with work other than reading (because I do 99% of my reading for pleasure— it shouldn’t feel like work!). But it did feel like work. I was about 1/4 of the way through a really good book and still didn’t want to pick it up and read it. So it stayed on my nightstand and stared me in the face, or I carried it around in my bag every day and felt guilty when I didn’t pick it up on my break.
So I asked all of you– what do you think I should do? And asked if you have ever experienced this before. I was so excited to see the support that I got from fellow book bloggers and readers. Some had advice and tips and others told me that they were feeling the same way. I would just like to say, that you guys and gals are amazing— this is such a supportive community.
Last weekend was a busy one, but I made myself sit outside in the sun and read for about an hour on both Saturday and Sunday. It wasn’t a cure for my slump, but I felt so much better for having read something and for making progress. I am hoping to finish Days of Blood and Starlight by this weekend and I am going to read How to Write Irresistible Kidlit when I start writing again. “Kidlit” is good, it’s more of an informational book— not something that I would really read for pleasure. And with my reading slump I want to do more pleasure reading— and less what I feel I should be reading.
So after I finish Days of Blood and Starlight, I’m not going to jump directly into the third book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. I think I need to wait and read a shorter book or two before I do that. Dreams of Gods and Monsters is a pretty darn chunky book and I think I need to re-read a shorter favorite and maybe read a shorter book I haven’t read before. Then I will take on Dreams of Gods and Monsters.
One of the books I am planning to read is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. I haven’t read this book in so long and I picked up an anniversary edition of it at the bookstore a month or so ago.