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. 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.
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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