Reading Slumps, the Month of May & a Reading Comeback

Oh, hey, remember me.

I use to blog here.

Well, here’s what’s been happening. I took a reading break… well kind of. We book bloggers always have a lot of books on the go, we always have a looming pile of books that should be read and sometimes we have people look at us and say “you haven’t read that before?” But let me tell you something about readers, sometimes breaks are needed. So even though I wasn’t really planning on taking a break, I did and it was amazing. Here are some of the reasons I took a much needed break:

  • The weather has been incredible here in Toronto and I’ve wanted to get out and enjoy the sunshine with friends.
  • My family was in town for a few days.
  • I’ve been at events celebrating books. So even though, I may not have been reading books, I’ve been out celebrating their release and success.

But here’s where the “kind of” part comes into play. I’ve been listening to books. Each morning, I wake up at about 6:00am and now that it’s getting warmer, I like to walk around the park near my home and instead of listening to my local FM station or Beyonce’s album for the 103rd time, I’ve been obsessed with the Harry Potter audio books. This revelation has been exciting to me for two reasons. One, who would have thought I’d fall in love with a series I so actively avoided for years. Two, I love audiobooks. It’s so fun to do an activity, whether it’s walking, doing dishes or commuting and have someone read to you. This is why I feel like taking a break from “reading” is iffy, because I’ve still been reading… or technically I’ve been listening to books. Either way, I may not be physically turning pages, but I’ve been flying through J.K. Rowling books! You’ll be happy to know that I just started the sixth book and it’s fantastic – I know you know that, seeing as how you probably read the book 10 years ago, like a normal person. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on this in a future post.

All that being said, I miss the smell of books, I miss the feeling of turning pages, I even miss lugging around a book all day, even if I only read 15 pages on my commute. So, I’m stopping the “reading break” and I’ll be back in full swing starting this week. Expect to see lots of tweets, shots on Instagram and future posts about books in no time.

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I might not have read books, but I went to lots of book events, many of which are documented in my most recent Document Your Life video. David Mitchell, The Tastemakers, Pongapalooza, a sighting of TIM RIGGINS and my Dad dancing. <– that one’s a bonus.

Have YOU ever taken a reading break? If you have, how long did it last?

 

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5 comments

  1. OMG you’ve surpassed me in the #HPreread!! I’m SO behind for May (bc of similar reading slump/no-time-planning-other-things.. ack.) Very interesting to be listening to them on audiobook though! I find I have a hard time with audiobooks.. I tried with the Veronica Mars one and while I THOUGHT I could do other things while it’s on, I found I couldn’t concentrate on what was going on unless I stopped everything else I was doing. Maybe walking did work better than doing chores, while listening.

    YAY so excited you’re starting book 6! My fave!!!! :) (and BOY am I glad it’s finally nice out!)

    1. Don’t feel bad about being behind – at least you’ve read the books before ;) I’m SO glad to hear I’m not the only one that hits reading slumps. That being said, all we need is one great book to pull me out of my slump and goodness knows I have plenty of great stories on my bookshelves!

  2. Aw, your video made me smile! It looks like you had a really great month! Your dad dancing is adorable, and those cupcakes look SO GOOD. I’m so happy that you’re still enjoying Harry Potter. The 6th book is probably my favourite (closely followed by the 3rd) – all the action really starts in this one!

    I took a pretty long reading break starting last May and ending “officially” this year. I think I was tired of having to read for university so I needed some time off (so weird to think about that now). I’m glad I took a break though, because I’m all energized and excited to read again :)

  3. I’m glad you’ve found your groove again! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on HP 6 too. :)

    I never plan my reading breaks, but they tend to happen naturally, when my brain’s on the edge of shutting down. This year, I haven’t had to take a lot of breaks because I’m being more careful with adding books to my TBR and scheduling things in advance, including a month-long blogging break in the summer.

  4. Great video! So fun to see little snippets from your life. I loved that song. Who sings it?

    I actually took a break from fiction for several years because I was dealing with some personal issues and just couldn’t focus. I would read only 4-5 books a year because I was heavily into watching movies and most read for information (newspapers, magazines, internet). Once I started book blogging, I rediscovered the bookworm I used to be. It’s been fantastic.! :)

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