I have been so very quiet on my blog, and bookstagram (@msstephanimichelle), because I’m having a bit of a reading slump. I know most people experience this, but to me it is a big deal. I am usually never not reading. I always have at least one book on my handbag, a spare somewhere nearby and my kindle in case I finish those books. Not to mention the several audio books on my phone.
Over the last few months I’ve been really stressed about the 10 or so books that have been unfinished on my Goodreads list. I know this is a ridiculous thing to be stressed about, but it was preying on my mind. I told myself I wouldn’t start any new books (except for my book club set book) until I’d finished them. One of the books has been on there for over year!!
I finished off three books, and picked up the others that I’m part way through. It has been so long since I’ve looked at them, that I can’t for the life of me remember what was going on in some of them.
I’ve also had a lot of personal drama – as I mentioned in a previous blog post, I was made redundant last year, and even though I’ve had part time work, I haven’t found a real job. You would be forgiven for thinking that this means I have more time for reading, but it actually means It have more time for worrying, anxiety and transference fixations on little issues I can resolve.
In the last 8 weeks or so I have listened to about 10 audio books, but I haven’t counted that as reading, as they are Georgette Heyer books I’ve read over a dozen times, they are more like a comforting lullabye at this point.
I have decided to remove all the in progress books from my Goodreads list. Reading is supposed to be an enjoyable hobby, and not to feel like a chore.
I do have a backlog of book reviews to post on here, and hope to be over my slump soon.