The Mother of All Reading Slumps

UntitledFor a long, long time I bragged that I did not experience reading slumps. I felt so smug.

And then August of 2013 arrived. I picked up one book after the other. Some I read, some I threw down after only a few pages. Mostly I felt exhausted by the written word. It was the start of my first reading slump…and it felt awful.

This month I have finished one book – Handling the Truth by Beth Kephart (which is an amazing book and if you haven’t read it yet, please do – check out my review). I have started one other – The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin which is holding my attention.

Today I decided to sift through my ever growing reading stack with the goal to get myself re-inspired. I hope that I can find that excitement about reading again…you know, the joy of picking up a new book or diving back into one’s current read…which seems to have disappeared from my life.

I can’t tackle my email inbox yet – there are 92 unread emails there, most of which are requests for reviews or follow ups on books I should have read already.

I also have a nice little stack of books which have arrived at my home in the last three weeks and I am planning to share those on my Mailbox Monday post this week – yes I am.

I have some theories about this little slump of mine and they mostly have to do with feeling overwhelmed – not just the demand for reviews which I have been buffeted by for years – but life in general. I’m taking a vacation soon. A long, unhindered, and mostly absent-from-technology vacation. And I hope when I return, I am invigorated, energetic, ready to dive back into this book blogging life I’ve created.

In the meantime…I’m sewing. Lots of quilts and pillows, and fun round robins – the stuff that makes me smile and forget about life’s expectations and disappointments and challenges. So bear with me, my friends.

nowBe patient.

One of these days I’ll be back in the reading world again.

Just not yet.

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  1. I have no advice or wise words–but overwhelmed, I get that. Completely. It’s been an overwhelming summer for me. I’m starting to come through it. I believe you will too.
    And maybe you have to move to get away from the books. 😉

    • Marie on September 19, 2013 at 12:33

    I hear you. Hang in there. Have fun sewing and quilting- my favorite things to do when I’m not reading. I’ve been struggling with my blog lately. All my book energy goes into my job and when I get home it’s not like I stop loving books but I need a break, ya know? 😀 We’ll be here when you’re back!

    • Laura on September 19, 2013 at 15:07

    What an eerie coincidence! I’m going through something similar. I am on a blogging hiatus. I’ve been reading 4-5 books per month instead of 6-7, and taking a break from blogging has been freeing because I feel like I can read whatever, whenever. I didn’t realize I was pressuring myself to finish one book before starting another, and I wouldn’t allow myself to be lured away by a new exciting sounding novel.

    So I hope your vacation is the break you need Wendy. Take care!

    • Staci on September 19, 2013 at 15:36

    I haven’t blogged since August 18 and I’m not sure if I will be continuing or not. I’m so busy with life, two jobs, and the possibility of completing my Bachelor’s degree that something had to give….computer time and blogging. I absolutely understand and feel that stepping away for a while really helps to regenerate the batteries and the love of reading/blogging!!

    Take Care and enjoy that wonderful vacation!

  2. Don’t sweat it and you’ll get your reading mojo back. I’m not in a slump but I struggle to find much time to read these days.

  3. Slumps DO feel awful don’t they? Your reading mojo will come back and it will be better than ever. 😀

    • Molly on September 20, 2013 at 03:41

    I feel as though I have been in a fictional reading rut for about 2.5 years now. I read plenty of books on writing and photography and memoir… but very little fiction.

    I think your technology-free vacation sounds glorious, and probably just the antidote for this slump. I hope you have a great, relaxing time!

  4. Yes, I’ve been through a few reading slumps too. I recommend ignoring books altogether. It’s great that quilting works for you – I just found myself watching loads of films/TV – not very productive! Once you take that pressure off you’ll find that one day a book will call to you and you’ll have trouble remembering why you didn’t enjoy reading for those few days/weeks/months. Don’t worry about it. We’ll all still be here when you come back 🙂

    • Amy on September 20, 2013 at 10:45

    Oh these dastardly reading slumps! I hate them, but they happen. I agree with the readers who recommend ignoring books completely and spending your time on other interests. Your need to read will return soon enough and hopefully sooner if you’re not so frustrated by it.

    Hang in there!

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