Hi everybody! I hope all of you are having a wonderful weekend, full of autumn-y feels, great books and happiness in general. I’ve been wanting to do a blog post for the last few days to explain why I haven’t been writing reviews too much lately. There are several reasons for this unfortunate situation:
~ 1. I’m in a horrible, horrible reading slump.
I have never been in a slump this bad. I think the last four-star novel I read was An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir back in July! I haven’t yet read anything new that can be rated four stars or above since then, and that’s horrible. At first, I was steadily making through a bunch of books, even though I was giving them low ratings (mostly three stars or two stars), but eventually (specifically after reading Queen of Shadows) I just stopped reading.
I’ve picked up quite a few books since then. I started re-reading the first Harry Potter book, and I finished it and I loved it, but I still didn’t feel the urge to pick up anything else. And here’s when it gets terrifying! I couldn’t even make my way through the second Harry Potter book! Then, I tried picking up The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, and I’ve read a whopping total of 60 pages over the course of a week. *le sigh* And I even picked up something light and entertaining, namely Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins, just to kickstart my reading, even if I don’t particularly enjoy it. I’d like to think it’s working, but I’m not really sure.
I have so many books I want to read on my shelf, not to mention there’s a library near my residence hall stocked with brilliant books. But I just can’t find the will to read. Well, that and the crappy amount of time I have, which brings me to…
~ 2. College.
The first year of college was a-okay for me. I was getting reading done brilliantly, making my way through 9-12 books a month. And I thought I could do the same thing this year, but it’s been crazy for me so far. I have assignments, quizzes and readings due every single day. I have classes that span the entire day- from 8 am to 6 pm, and then I go straight to the gym, and I don’t have time for anything else except homework when I get back. I try to get in a post right before I go to bed, or in between classes, but reading is just a big NO for me right now. It sucks because I carry a book with me at all times, in case I get the time to read, but it’s just not happening!
So, I’m really sorry that I haven’t been posting as much. Blogging has rarely been a source of stress for me- I have always enjoyed it, and I firmly believe that it should only be done IF you enjoy it. But it really sucks that you can’t get the time to do the things you enjoy because you’re so bogged down with everything else. And I know that this is just the start of it- next week, I’m going to be starting my job at an elementary school, and that’s going to take up another huge chunk of my time. I just hope I’ll be able to get back to reading again before I lose my mind.
With that, I would ask you wonderful people to maybe suggest some books that have gotten you out of reading slumps in the past? Maybe tell me other things that help you with reading slumps or time management? I’d love some advice- it is, truly, much needed at the moment.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and as always, happy reading! x