Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Serious Reading Slump

I have been in a seriously bad reading slump since around November. I'm not sure why. All of a sudden I ran out of books that demanded immediate reading (either because of due dates or irresistibleness), and I had a lot of magazines to catch up on, and I've just been an odd mood in terms of book-interest.

I've also been falling out of the habit of reading blogs other than my usual few favorites -- I just feel overwhelmed by information lately. I can't take too much online browsing or reading, and I'm having a hard time getting into any books. This happened last year too, but I had the Move From Hell to blame for it. This year I'm not sure what my problem is.

I think this year has felt "off" for reading all year anyway. I've read quite a few good books, but only a handful of real winners. I think I've been doing less random browsing at the library and more book-blogger-recommended reading, which is great because everyone has such terrific recommendations, but I think I fell out of the rhythms of my own reading muse. You know how that is?

I can't wait for the year-end Reading Roundup because I'll be able to take a measure of all the books of the year and see if it was as ho-hum as I'm thinking, or if I'm just being influenced by my current book-blahs.

But, I find the new year to be totally inspiring in terms of reading, so I'm sure I'll come out of this slump after Christmas. Right now I am completely distracted with making gifts, baking, work stuff, and planning a few non-reading projects.

I've been told to read The Song Is You, and I'd like to read some more Sandman, and I have Wintergirls sitting here too. I'm reading Hell House by Richard Matheson and it's pretty good as far as haunted house stories go... it totally reminds me of The Haunting of Hill House. As long as my boss's computer keeps its mouth shut, I should be able to enjoy it fairly well and then move on to some other stuff.

Maybe I need to switch gears. Read some more non-fiction. Report on The London Review of Books (which is fascinating and always a good read). Etc.

But right now, I'm deciding which cookie to make tomorrow and planning my sewing projects, and thinking about a Christmas dinner menu. You know, important stuff.


Eva said...

I went through a slump earlier this year; I think we all go into funks occasionally. :) I also go through phases where all I want to do is read blogs or watch TV or stuff like that. And other phases where I have no interest in reading anything online! So I think that's totally normal. :D

Tammie said...

ive been in a slump too. i get on the computer to read blogs and i almost immediately feel overwhelmed. i think part of it (for me anyway) is that everyone is blogging about all the things they are making, creating, and cooking, etc. normally i love this but lately its just info overload. plus, for whatever reason, im just not feeling very creative, so i feely guilty and lazy looking at everyones lovely creations.

as for reading, ive still been doing it regularly, but nothing ive read has blown me away to the point of wanting to write about it. (although im loving The Lovely Bones.)

Rachel Cotterill said...

It's like any hobby, there's no point doing it unless you're enjoying yourself. Enjoy your Christmas & relax... we're nearly in a whole new year.

Stefanie said...

Slumps happen but oh, are they ever frustrating! Perhaps a book you ave read before that you love will do the trick? Something comforting maybe? Can't wait to find out your Christmas menu!

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

You know, I think we all read in spurts and then nothing appeals and then something does and so on. I've been going through lots of phases lately with different genres. It's always nice to see what books others are drawn to. Just enjoy the holidays for now and then hunker down with a good read.

Lesley said...

I think that happens to all of us who read more than the average person and then blog about books on top of that. There's a natural ebb and flow to reading and some months (or even years) are better than others. Here's hoping 2010 starts on an reading upswing for you!

Daphne said...

Thanks for the words of wisdom, everyone. I'm trying not to worry about it. You are all right -- it happens and usually around the time you decide to let go and stop worrying about it, it gets better. I have a feeling 2010 is going to be a good reading year. I have a fabulous stack of books here just waiting to kick it off.