Something strange has been happening to me lately, and I can’t quite figure out why. I’m just not as motivated to read as I used to be. This is a real issue, people, and I need some serious help!
Once upon a time, I had no problem at all reaching 200 books in a year. But suddenly, now, I find that when I have no definitive deadline, I put off reading. I actually NEED that deadline to motivate me to pick up a book. Without it, I choose to stare at the internet or waste time in a million other ways. What sort of strange madness has come over me?
I guess this is just a reading slump, right? I mean, I’ve heard tell of this sort of mythical creature that could ruin your reading motivation, but I’ve never truly experienced one—at least not for long.
I think I’ve figured out a few factors that have affected my reading recently. First off, there’s the fact that I’m incredibly busy and ridiculously tired all the time. Add to that the fact that we’ve had some emotional stress at home lately and the fact that I can’t seem to stop reading horrible news about our government and … recipe for reading disaster!
Here are just a few examples of my reading habits BEFORE (meaning, before now, basically) and NOW. I think you’ll see a trend here…
- BEFORE: Standing in line at the checkout and there’s a thirty-second wait after I’ve put my groceries on the conveyor belt thingy? Ah ha! Time to pull out my phone! (The Kindle app is a beautiful thing.)
- NOW: There are ten people in front of me in the checkout line, and this is going to take forever. I could pull out my phone, but the next book that I need to read for a review is sitting on my nightstand, and I don’t really feel like starting something else. Hmmm… guess I’ll glance through Flipboard and read about what a mess our country is right now.
- BEFORE: This family party is awfully fun and all, but I really wish I could get home and finish reading that book I’m in the middle of…
- NOW: This family party is awfully fun and all, but I really wish I could go home and go to sleep. So. Tired.
- BEFORE: I have FREE TIME today!! I should do some laundry or the dishes… Nah, I’ll just read a book!
- NOW: I have FREE TIME today!! I should do some laundry or the dishes… Nah, I’ll just stare at Twitter for an hour (and probably end up reading about what a mess our country is—along with some awesome bookish news, of course—it’s not ALL bad).
- BEFORE: I have twelve books scheduled for review this month, but I have these other six that I really want to read too. Oh, that’s okay, I can totally squeeze them in.
- NOW: I have three books scheduled for review this month. I’d better read them. Soon. Like, any time now… (Review is due tomorrow). Shoot, I have to read that book!!
- BEFORE: It’s bedtime! I need to go lay down and pretend I might go to sleep tonight… and read until 2 AM (because I’m practically done with the book). When I finally finish, I’ll lay in bed and think about the book I just put down for another hour or so… Very tired the next day.
- NOW: It’s 9 PM and I’m mentally and physically exhausted. Mostly because parenting is really hard and worrying (about my kids, school stuff, the world…) is my number one priority right now. I should try to get to bed early. Maybe I’ll read for a little bit. First let me check Flipboard and read the news… Yep, our country is a disaster. No surprise there. Okay, time to read for a little while… Hmm. It’s 10:00. I’m too tired. I just need to sleep… Still very tired next day
And that about sums it up. I hope this doesn’t last for long because it’s darn depressing!! I need to get back back to my normal bookish self stat!
Have you ever fallen into a true reading slump? How did you get yourself out of it? I want to know!