Over the course of the last few months I haven’t been giving myself a strict TBR and just picking out the books that I feel like reading at the time. Mood reading has been great because I feel like I’m not forcing myself to read books that I am not really feeling at the moment or reading just for the sake of finishing my TBR for the month. I didn’t like what I was feeling if I didn’t end up reading all the books I set for myself and it wasn’t an enjoyable experience for me. I started to feel disappointed in myself for not reading the books I was supposed to even though I wasn’t in the mood for them and it just really soured certain books for me because of that. So when I made the decision to just mood read and try not to be as strict on myself I actually flourished. I think it was the second or third month after that I completed 18 books (which is a personal best for me). I realised how much better this system was for me and when the quantity of books just kept getting high and higher it started to be all about the numbers. Once again if I don’t finish 14-18 books in a month, all of those feelings started creeping back in. It’s gotten to the point now where I don’t feel like reading anything and this month was probably the least amount of books I’ve read in a very long time. I’ve started to become more aware of what I am doing to myself and I have decided to give myself a pass for December. If I only read one book or if I read another 18, if I read a ton of new releases I’ve been putting off or if I reread multiple books from my collection, its no big deal. Reading is something I do because I love it and I think I just need to take a step back and remember that!
I think I am on the cusp of a reading slump!! It’s already the 10th July and so far I have only completed 3 books, one of which was a novella … usually at this time of the month I’ve already read around 6-8 books and am itching to continue on and read something else but I’m just not in the mood at the moment. Coming off that fantastic reading month I had in June I had high hopes to ride that wave into July but no such luck. I started reading the long way to a small angry planet on Monday and as of today I am still only 100 pages in. I am actually really enjoying the storyline so far but I don’t have that drive to pick the book up and actually finish. I don’t know if I should just start something else that’s maybe a little more fast paced or try to push through? I’ve had this kind of situation happen before and I ended up not reading anything for close to a month and I definitely don’t want that to happen again! There’s just too many books on my TBR that I’ve been looking forward to reading, I don’t have time for a reading slump.. I think I might try some of my other options that I have on hand and try to kick start my reading drive again!
Happy Reading 📚