For 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.
One of these days I’ll be back in the reading world again.
Just not yet.