Confessions of an Addict [29]: BRB. I’m Reading.

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Do you ever get those days when all you wanted to do is read?

When blogging is the farthest thing from your mind? For the last couple of weeks, I’ve found myself in such a stretch. It isn’t because I’ve recently found a treasure cove full of outstanding reads, it’s simply because I just can’t stop. This is good thing – a wonderful thing. Knowing how ridiculous my Mt. TbR is, I’m really happy that I am not in a slump of sorts. I would like to give credit to audio books.

It’s gotten to a point where I could no longer last a day without listening to one.  I can no longer work, or even do housework without my iPhone tucked in my pocket. Nor do I find myself without a book when i have a down time. Some time last week, I had two books and my Kindle in my purse. Excessive, yes. But you and I both know that there is nothing worse than a book nerd with a spare time, sans a book. Oh the horror.

Mind you, this is a good thing. Because reading, in any shape or form, soothes my mind. It’s the stress-reliever that no amount of yoga can give. But when I look over at my desk, or find blog-related emails, I feel a little pinch of guilt niggling at the back of my mind. I feel like I’m deserting all my friends. I feel like I’m reneging on an obligation. And I hate that feeling. Because like it or not, there is an unspoken rule of reciprocity amongst us, bloggers.

I’ve been blogging for four years but I haven’t had a stretch of days when I really couldn’t summon an ounce of motivation to write reviews. Until now, that is. While I was drafting my most recent Hoarders post, I realize that there are six books that I need to review. Six. But then I got to thinking, do I really need to review all these books? How about I just talk about a book when I really have something of worth to say?

Update:

After drafting this post, I ended up scheduling quite a few more posts. I’m convinced that once you get into the swing of writing, inspiration will follow.

  • “But you and I both know that there is nothing worse than a book nerd with a spare time, sans a book. Oh the horror.” Hah THIS . But I totally know where you are coming from with this post. I almost always want to read over blogging but I am a pretty disciplined person so I don’t let myself get too behind. Although there is an unspoken rule of reciprocity there is also an understanding of this thing called life that sometimes comes before blogging. We get it, and we won’t give up on you if you take a break. 🙂

  • This is basically me every other week! Like, I would read alllllll week and then the week after that, I would need a break and I would blog along instead. xD But when I do have these moments, I also feel like I’m leaving my internet friends alone! x___x It may seem to suck a bit in that sense, but hey, more books!

  • Those days are always going to happen, you just need to search for inspiration! I usually watch a few TV eps and blog at the same time. I’m so excited for Big Little Lies, enjoy!
    -Jon from Bookish Antics!

  • This is seriously a wonderful post Joy and really describes my train of thought in the past couple of weeks too! I’ve been stressed in general, blogging being one of the reasons and I managed to knock out 1 book per day on the weekend. Sometimes it’s just so great to switch off and relax into a story, and you know what? It renewed my vigour about blogging as well.

  • Christy

    Yeah, I don’t always review the books I read. And I’m at the point where I don’t want to force myself to say something about a book if I don’t feel like it.

  • I know the feeling! I mean, we all starting blogging because of the books, so it’s only natural that they’d pull you away from blogging as well. I’m never so ahead on reading that I have more than 2 reviews to write, so that’s not a familiar feeling, but when it comes to books that I didn’t get for review I absolutely don’t feel the obligation to write reviews. I often just rate them and put a thought or two on Goodreads and call it a day. I do make myself blog while I watch TV a lot, because I find I can relax and still get something done–along with clean up my DVR. 🙂

  • oh now I must know what these little treasures you found that got you hooked on o.o always looking for that. Yeah I had a few of those days ha, sometimes it’s old books too some that I have never got around too 😐 like the Kate Daniels series. I was like binge reading those the last few weeks and then I was like.. ack. I have to blog.

  • I haven’t been able to post as much as I used to not because of been reading a lot, but because I haven’t been reading enough . Between college and family issues all my time has been distributed elsewhere. Now I’m dedicating 15 minutes a day to my blog. It’s little time but all that I can muster for now. :/

  • I totally agree, once you are in the swing of things the momentum will carry you on.

  • I go through lots of periods where I just want to sit and read and read and read … and then I have a backlog of reviews that feels a little overwhelming. I agree that once you get writing, it does seem better, though. 🙂

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  • It’s actually the same way with me. I used to listen to music when working or working out but now I have to listen to an audiobook. Overdrive is a lifesaver for me because I would probably be broke right now if I kept buying all those audiobooks lol

  • Ah yes writing 6 reviews is a lot. I don’t think I couldn’t do that, I need to write them right away because I forget easily mainly as I start another book as soon as I finish the one I’m reading. Sometimes I can mix things. But it’s great you’re reading that much.

  • That’s been me today; I haven’t wanted to do much socializing online, and since I had my posts scheduled out in advance, I could sit around and finish/start a couple of books! 🙂

  • Zoe

    I hear you Joy! 😀 I’ve definitely had the same feeling a number of times; and it’s always difficult to get back into blogging after you’ve gone on such a huge reading spree. Like you said though, it’s still reading, right? Thanks for sharing and, as always, BRILLIANT post! <3

  • Oh gosh, I know the feeling when blogging is the last thing want to do but once you start you remember what you like usually

  • I know exactly what you mean! I always find myself thinking does every book I read need to be reviewed? Glad to know I’m not the only one 😀 Good job for getting to them too 🙂

  • Hahahah once you get into the swing of anything, you have enough motivation to complete it all! Like homework! (not). Anyways, I wish I had the time to read all the time, but I feel like I get into more slumps then not. Actually I think I’m very consistent in my reading, like an hour a day. I’ve been aiming for 2 books a week, which is pretty good considering my busy schedule!

  • Where did my comment go? Did it not post? ACK. Still, I copied it before posting, hiih (A)

    You are awesome, Joy. <3 Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts 😀 I.. have never been able to not write a review right afer finishing a book. I just have to, lol. But I love it. Kind of. Mostly. Sometimes I do wish I could take a break. Maybe one day. I'm glad you have wanted to read a lot, though 😀 right now I'm not wanting to read at all :p yet I have so much that I must read. Hmph. Soon. I hope 😀 Love this post. <3

    • NEVER MIND 😀 WordPress tricked me :p sorry for two comments, hih 🙂

  • You are awesome, Joy. <3 Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts 😀 I.. have never been able to not write a review right afer finishing a book. I just have to, lol. But I love it. Kind of. Mostly. Sometimes I do wish I could take a break. Maybe one day. I'm glad you have wanted to read a lot, though 😀 right now I'm not wanting to read at all :p yet I have so much that I must read. Hmph. Soon. I hope 😀 Love this post. <3

  • I love this post Joy and I have been exactly in the same shoes as you, I used to be really good and write my reviews straight after I finished a book, but lately I’ve sort of let them build up, I had three to write the other day and they sort of turned into mini-reviews instead! I hope your good run with books continues! 🙂

  • I know what you mean and I like to just go with the flow when I enter the reading or writing zone. Ebooks have also been really helpful to me recently, they make me feel like I’m being productive because I get to read a book when I usually wouldn’t be able to like when I’m standing in the bus going to school. They are just general life savers. As for the actually can’t stop reading and ignoring everything else. The 800 pages beast Outlander has been keeping me busy. Every moment I have to myself has pretty much been reserved to reading that boo <3

  • Bethzaida

    Oh Joy, I feel the same way. I’ve read so many great books but I can’t make myself write them. And let’s not talk about bloglovin 🙁 Ugh! I feel so guilty.

  • I totally get this feeling sometimes too. In fact, I experienced it last month. Or maybe 2 months ago. And all I did was read. But I do agree that once you get back to things, it’s a lot easier to write posts and whatnot. I’ve been trying to get back on top of things this month, and I’m doing good so far with one blog. I need to work more on another though. Soon hopefully. 😛

  • I think you have some great points and you are right, because we all have the same passions, or at least all share this big one, we all understand the obsessive behavior that can sometimes come with finding a great new author, book, or series even and that is fabulous. I love that we all can tell each other it is okay and truly mean it. 😉

  • Oh these past couple of weeks have been rough on me too! But it could have been the fact that my birthday just passed and I feel really down on my birthday for some unknown reason. I didn’t want to do anything! But now I’m finally getting better 😛 Great post, Joy! 🙂
    Book Maniac Reviews