Blogger Confession: 2016 = Not My Reading Year

Posted July 21, 2016 by Felicia S in Blogger Confession / 30 Comments

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I think I just have to say this: 2016 is not my reading year. I am just finding it hard to get lost in the pages of a book. Currently I have 5 different books going because nothing is grabbing my attention. It might just be time for me to be OK with it and stop trying to make myself read.

To put it in perspective: I started book blogging at the end of 2008.Β  2009 was the first year I tracked what I read and it was my lowest reading year (62). While I don’t think this year will be that low, I do think it will be on par with 2010 which was the last year I read under 200 books a year.

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It is hard for me to admit that I just don’t feel a love of reading this year. I know it is due to outside pressures of job changes, budget concerns, and such. Reading used to be my escape but now even that feels like just one more added pressure (though I quit requesting review books last month so after the last few trickle in that pressure thing might change). I am not even listening to books while crafting or working. I am mostly listening to music.

It isn’t that I don’t love the written word (or spoken) anymore. I think I just might have burned myself out over the last few years. This isn’t a reading slump (those feel different) but more of a “need a break” thing. So I have decided that for the rest of 2016 I am just going to go with my mood. If music is what I want to listen to then I am going to. If I want to binge watch TV then that is where I am at. I will just blog about those if I run out of stuff to post (though honestly I am behind in reviews and have about 30 from last year I never posted so running out of content isn’t likely). In the end, I just decided to give myself a break. Plus 59 (and it will probably end up close to 100) is above average and not so bad. I also might get in a total reading mood and knock out 30 in a month

So if you see old reviews from previous years just think of it as goodreads gems that didn’t make it over here. I am sure I will get my love of diving into a good book for hours on end back because reading has always been in my life. Until then I am going to play my Felicia’s Favorites station on Pandora (which is currently playing Joan Jett) and ROCK OUT!!!!

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30 responses to “Blogger Confession: 2016 = Not My Reading Year

  1. I think you’re doing the right thing in letting yourself take a break, Felicia! It’s important to not force yourself – this blog and reading is a hobby, right? And if you don’t feel like reading or listening to a book, just don’t do it.
    I could definitely write a lot of short-ish reviews for books that never made it to my blog, too. And if you just keep up with your craft posts, and maybe other stuff on the blog, I’m sure most of us will continue to visit you and share the love!

    • I am not so much worried about the blog but not having a love of reading is driving me nuts LOL πŸ™‚ That being said–I think you are right. A break is probably what I need and just allowing myself to start/stop books on a whim if I needed πŸ™‚

  2. oh this is so heartbreaking to hear!!! This happened to me a couple years ago and I had to take a couple of long breaks from reading and blogging and I hated it so much. Especially when I wanted to love reading but just couldn’t get into any book or enjoy what I was trying to read. Its hell for lovers of reading right? I do hope things get better for you soon!!!!

  3. I’m with you! I set my goal this year for 100 books, which is the lowest I’ve ever set it to, and I’m about 8 or 9 books behind right now. I have only very few books that are 4.5 or 5 stars compared to previous years. I hope this year gets better for both of us!

  4. I am sad that you are not into reading this year but I totally know how you feel. I have been having a hard time reading and blogging. I thought last year with all the stuff with my son was going to put me in a big blogging break but I kept going because it kept me busy but this year we have had a lot of difficulty also and it seems I can’t focus on blogging because I am worried about him. I don’t want to stop blogging but I am hoping I can get through the year and start fresh next. This year just hasn’t been very good to me and I honestly cant wait until it is over. However the highlight of this year was meet all my blogging friends! I am glad I got to meet you in person!!!

    • It really just feels like a best friend that moved away or is going through stuff and needs space. It is weird to not want to read. I get small moments of reading but they fade quickly so I fit in an hour here, an hour there. I loved meeting you too. Book conventions I love just because I get to meet my blogging friends!

  5. You’ve had a lot of changes and goals this year, so be fair to yourself. You’ve bought a new house, which is time consuming. You’ve decided to get back into the dating game. You’ve had a lot of changes, so reading isn’t always going to be a priority. I’ve looked at my books read in the past and have seen huge fluctuations in the numbers, but life was a big part of those. Sometimes, I just don’t feel like a book and want music or t.v. instead, too. So, that’s what I do. I try to get some reading in, even if it’s only at bedtime. Do what you feel like doing without forcing reading when you don’t feel like it, and you’ll be happy.

    • YEP! I removed the dating thing, I just couldn’t do it. I think the house thing (even though I had been in there 10 years) is what did it. Something about it being mine–the full responsibility and such. CRAZY! πŸ™‚

  6. You’re evolving, like a butterfly lol. In this slump, as you say, you could probably post more about your crafts or the foster dogs and their personalities. Heck if there are any tech podcasts or just podcasts in general you want to talk about post it. All the best πŸ™‚

  7. Sometimes a break is needed. You have to do what’s best for you. I’ve been burn out for over a year now and am just getting back into the reading game. I had a lot going on and just couldn’t get into reading. It was a refreshment that was much needed. Now I just do what I want. I do have a few review books I’ve requested but I’m definitely not requesting like I used to.

  8. Sometimes we just need a break. I know what you mean about feeling pressure from reading review books. Once the fall semester starts in a couple of weeks all my reading will be for school. I’m stepping back from blogging and I think it will be a nice break for me. My thing about reading for fun now is that I just want to read/listen to a book for me and not worry about writing a review. I have to read so many papers for school that I don’t want to write reviews. So if I read/listen to any books just for fun this fall I probably won’t review them since they will be books from my bought pile.

    • I totally didn’t even look at the last Tantor email or Brilliance. I just need to first work on getting back my love of reading. I want all the books but right now I just know I won’t want to read them. Good thing with Tantor is she will send them to me later if I want them πŸ™‚ So that is a little easier LOL

  9. I think you have so many other things on your mind this year that it’s probably affecting your want to read. So I say take a break and if you want to read read and if you don’t then don’t. Maybe you just need to craft and listen to music for a while with no commitments to post a review, etc. Don’t want you burning out! πŸ™‚

    • I think it was buying the house, having stuff break, and then the budget being blown to hell. Money troubles always get me down especially when I should know better LOL

  10. Aw, sorry you’re not being drawn into reading like you have in the past. It might not be a bad thing, filling your time with other pleasures. That might make picking up a book more appealing in the long run. Whatever the case, roll with it and enjoy your life.

    I cut my goals back this year and focused on my languished shelf, only reviewing new books from authors who are my auto reads. For the first time in four years, I feel like I’m reading everything I want. And it feels so good. And that’s what reading should be about. Got my joy back and so have you.

    Oh, and I’d love to know what your TV binge list looks like!

    • At this moment I am finally watching Bones. I had only ever seen the first 2 seasons and forgot about them so I rewatched them now I am now watching Season 3. I watched Mr. Robot last week (season 1)–I liked it though I had a few issues with some of the security around a technical security firm LOL πŸ™‚ I think after Bones (or maybe when I get tired of Bones since it is 10 seasons on Netflix) I am going to try Stranger Things. I have heard good things about it and I love me some Winona Ryder! Tonight though I am going to watch both Star Trek movies(new ones). I am going to the matinee of the new one tomorrow πŸ™‚

      I think doing these other things will make me pick up reading again. I get more involved in stories when they are written so I think with my mind in overdrive lately that music/movies/tv just shuts that noise off (where reading does not). I know it will kick back in after I get settled into my recent changes. It just might take awhile πŸ™‚