So so so you say you’re in a reading funk!? The big bad TBR pile has got you down!? The toppling tower of books and review schedule has you so flustered that when you actually DO manage to finish a book that you spend more time trying to figure out which book you SHOULD read next rather than what you WANT to read next!?
Sound like you? Well then deary pull up a pile of cushions and have a listen.
I’ve been in a funk a couple of times now this past year but no funk has even compared to the one I’ve been in since lets face it late August. I blame pregnancy hormones and various other personal life stressors. For several months straight I’ve had almost no desire to read whatsoever! Or the inability to read in some cases from having problems concentrating on the written word. I felt so guilty about it for awhile because the review books just kept piling up.
But it make me realize – that is the WRONG response. Reading is something I love and enjoy and should never be something I feel guilty about NOT doing. Once I realized that – and once I started feeling more like a human instead of some person some alien parasite had invaded leeaching the lifeblood and health from me (oh my little minion if you ever stumble across this someday forgive me but yes incubating you has been some of the most trying and painful months of my life thus far LOL…I’ll pay you back for it when you’re older) ahem anyhowwwwww…..
I’ve been feeling better lately. Oddly enough even while I was sick I was finding myself more motivated to do art of various kinds. That must not require the same kind of brain power and concentration.
I realized I had a few things that could possibly help other people enjoy their reading again if they find themselves in a funk. This likely applies more to book bloggers.
1. DON’T READ! – OR AT LEAST GIVE YOURSELF THE OK NOT TO! Say to yourself…‘Self I’m not going to read, reading is not my job, I don’t need to read…I’m just going to fabricate this paper mache hot air balloon, eat some cheesecake, puke my brains out if thats what the parasite demands or crochet/knit myself a freaking toy to squeeze its head off while I go be sick in this corner’ It’s ok – doing anything other then reading is fine. Heck turn on the boob tube and let your brain veg and go blank! Reading will be there when you’re done.
2. GET THE HECK OUT! Some of you may get out a lot already. I personally do not. I work from home, and when I’m not specifically going out grocery shopping or out to see a friend then usually I’m at home. I even do the bulk of my shopping that isn’t for groceries online because I just don’t like going out. Maybe that makes me lazy. I can tell you I don’t get sick as often but then I’m also as pale as a baby’s bottom (one lady in my book club says I look like snow white because of my dark hair and super pale skin…I still don’t know if that’s a compliment lol). Get out – forget about reading, DON’T BRING A BOOK WITH YOU! Why? When we know most of us always have a book on our person at all times. For that precise reason – because while you are out – if you do have that ‘spare minute to read’ and for once you find yourself WITHOUT a book – you’ll miss it and there the seed be planted (maybe that’s what will pull you out of your funk…maybe not)
3. STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER! IPAD, PHONE, SOCIAL NETWORK. – Do you find yourself always needing to be “connected” yes yes as a blogger I’m sure you do. But you know what that is just going to feed any feelings of guilt you might be letting take seed. Take a break and don’t put a limit on yourself about it. Why!? Because hell your bloggy friends are not going to just abandon you because you disappear from commenting, visiting or posting posts for a week, two weeks, or hell even a month. Leave a quick message saying peace out for awhile and take a break you likely need it.
4. STOP REQUESTING BOOKS! Just stop, don’t do it, don’t pile the guilt on yourself any higher. If you really “must” have it – then buy it for crying out loud then there won’t be that nagging pressure associated with the book. Trust me it makes a huge difference. If you don’t feel that impulse to buy it – are you really in need of it anyway? I say – No sir, no mam.
5. WHEN YOU DO FEEL THE DESIRE – READ WHAT YOU WANT! Not what you “must”!! So after all of that – I finally started reading again. Hooray.
But here are some things I’ve done while in my reading funk:
– Did a 30 day drawing/inking/doodling challenge where I drew every day and improved my skills greatly!
– overcame my fear of adding color to my art – and zowwy look at it now
– I knitted my first and second peice of clothing (granted they were toysize but I DID it!)
– crocheted a BUNCH of toys – some even of my own design – how did I manage that when I couldn’t concentrate on reading? Well I didn’t write the pattern down which I regret but aye I just you know flew by the seat of my pants.
– found new art mediums I wanted try and made cool things! Yarn paintings, painted with pencils…
– binge watched some anime shows, and some Grimm and even a few movies that I had kept letting pass me by.
– Tried World of Warcraft again and realized that phase of my life is likely over lol.
– Ok so maybe some of these are really simple but you get the idea. I indulged in other hobbies to fill the gap of my lack of reading.