Confessions of a Book Blogger: Why I haven't finished a single book yet this year.

bloggraphicOk… this blog was originally intended to be a book blog- a place where I could review and talk about books.

As of late, my intentions for this blog has taken a bit of a turn, a veer in a related (but different) direction.

In fact it’s the end of January and I have yet to finish reading one single book this year. At first I was kind of ashamed. I am a lover of books and reading, but my focus has been elsewhere. It’s been on the book I’m writing.

I’ve tried to read a couple of books lately. And they were both very good.

But they still sit on my night stand with a book mark in the middle, abandoned. They stare at me every morning when I flip on the light and say “Oh me! Pick me!” before I roll over to go to sleep every night. I feel guilty that I haven’t finished them.

Reading slump??? I don’t think I would call it that.

For me it’s more like a change of focus. I’m having a hard time focusing on the book I’m reading for any length of time before I start daydreaming about my own novel. Sometimes a break from my own writing and the world I’ve created is a needed and welcome thing. Other times it’s difficult.

While I will still be reading books, I may only post one or two reviews a month (more if I read something that I really enjoy), until I need a break from writing.

Have any of you felt like this before?

Do you think I should change the name and such for this blog to reflect that it is more about writing now?

0 thoughts on “Confessions of a Book Blogger: Why I haven't finished a single book yet this year.

  1. Sam says:

    I haven’t finished a book yet this year either. I’m almost done with three but have yet to complete one. It’s the way of the world.
    How great that you’ve been involved in your own book so much. That’s great. I wouldn’t change the focus of your blog because you never know where the blog will be a year or five years from now. Just keep on keeping on and things will happen as they should.
    Happy reading (and writing)!

    • Amanda Marie says:

      Thanks so much Sam! As frustrating as it is to not finish a book yet this year, I’m kind of glad that I’m not alone in that.
      I am trying to integrate reading and writing into this blog, so hopefully I can do a bit of both once the routine is there. Have a great day and happy reading & writing to you as well! <3

  2. alexinbookland says:

    I don’t think you need to change your name/blog because whether you’re reading or writing; your nose is in a book xD As for only doing “one or two reviews a month” that’s me anyway, so don’t worry about it =] and definitely don’t ever feel pressured to read for us blog viewers! ^_^

    • Amanda Marie says:

      Thanks Alex! That’s one of the reasons why I didn’t change it to begin with, but it’s always at the back of my mind. Glad to see that you see it in a similar way that I do/did. I used to feel the pressure to read for my blog, especially when I first started blogging. I wanted to read so many ARCS and do so many blog tours that I got overwhelmed. 1-2 books a month might be the best way to go about it for now. Thanks for all of your support. <3

  3. stephaniesbookreviews says:

    I’ve had a slower month than most, reading wise. While part of this is due to a recent change in job where my lunch hour is now half an hour, and I also get home from work later, the books I’ve picked up so far haven’t been really great books. I think I’ve given one a 3.5 and the rest in the 2-3 range.

    • Amanda Marie says:

      It makes it so hard when your routine is changed up like that (I’ve been there, definitely). And it’s very discouraging when you aren’t a huge fan of the books that you do read.
      I hope that you are liking the new job!

  4. Kat says:

    I’ve actually been in a reading slump for awhile now. And when I’m really into what I’m writing, I do find it more difficult to focus on another book. I usually just ride it out. Sometimes I just need to find a better book because it really is the book and nothing more.

    I really like the title of your blog, even if it isn’t full of book reviews. 🙂

    • Amanda Marie says:

      Thanks Kat! I’m glad that you like the title. I was torn about changing it, but it seems like everyone thinks it works for both topics.
      I’m glad to know that other writers have trouble focusing on a book they are reading while they are deeply into their own writing. I’ve never had this trouble before. Usually I need another book there to read, just for a break. I appreciate your input and support <3.

  5. Jennifer Austin - Author says:

    Your blog is your blog. You can do what you want. You might cobsider changing the name or having a separate blog as an author page. A lot of work, I know. But don’t feel guilty about not reading and reviewing boojs while you’re writing one. There are only so many hours in a day and changing focus to something that means a lot to you is nothing to feel bad about. Writing takes a huge commitment and a great deal of focus. Commiting to such an undertaking is a huge deal. If you see this as a career, and not just something that is fun, you have to put it above ither pursuits to make it work. Good luck!

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