Happy April, everyone! I can’t believe we are already four months into 2018. It’s already Spring! It’s supposed to be getting warmer! And my favourite part: Days are longer! It’s been quite some time since I last did a personal update, so I thought I’d share what is going on with my life right now, which seems to be going against a book blog, but stay with me, it doesn’t: I haven’t felt like reading these past months.
Yes, you’ve read it right. In the past two months I have only managed to finish reading one book – albeit a chunky one, but one nonetheless. It is not the first time this happens and it is certainly not the last. I’ve been a voracious reader for some time now and I know these things happen. I also know these things shall pass too. A number of things have interfered with my reading during these past few months. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you will know that apart from finishing my PhD I have a job now too. Owning a dog has made me a morning person, so I used to wake up very early and study until 5 because writing – a PhD, a novel, freelancing – is a job, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise (more on this soon!). Then I would read or watch some television, which was always related to my research, but it still felt like leisure for me. Now I am spending that time working, so when I get home at night I usually do some more writing and editing until midnight.
I am a firm believer in being very open about reading and writing. Books are one of the most important things in my life (along with my family) and reading slumps happen to EVERYONE. So I asked you on Twitter what to do and many of you suggested I tried audiobooks. I did. It was a great suggestion and I am still learning how to listen to them while I do some chores, or just to sit still and listen. Sometimes it can be very difficult to unplug and relax for me, but it’s a process and I will finish that audiobook, I promise! Podcasts have always been a favourite source of stories and entertainment so I had some experience there already. One late night I did some research and subscribed to some awesome podcasts about crime and feminism and now I have a pile of to-be-listened (TBL?) episodes. Yay! I can’t wait to share them with you so keep an eye on the blog in the following weeks 😉
I have been watching a lot of bookish videos on Youtube too. So much so, that I have been toying with the idea of creating a channel too. I asked you on Twitter and I got a lot of votes for the “Yes do it (but keep writing) option, so there’s some food for thought. Meanwhile, I am obsessed with BookRiot and I am discovering some amazing booktubers with whom I am learning A LOT about video scripting and production.
So, this is it for now. As you can see some upcoming posts will be about the “other” side of books. We live in the digital era and now that I have a highly-functioning computer I am learning to consume books and bookish news in a different way. Meanwhile, do you listen to audiobooks? How do you deal with reading slumps? Please share them in the comments below and don’t forget to let me know your favourite booktubers and podcasts. I need more suggestions!