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Confession Time: Sometimes I Don’t Want to Read

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!





  • Laila@BigReadingLife

    I get you, Elena. I go through times where I would rather be doing something else other than reading – watching TV, trying yoga, listening to podcasts… I think for me I just let myself do those other things and know that books will be there when I’m ready.

    As for podcasts, do you listen to Reading Glasses? I’ve just started listening to it about a month ago and it’s fun. But beware, they swear a lot! Also, there’s the What Should I Read Next podcast, that’s one I listen to every week. I listen to so many podcasts that I don’t have much time for audio books! (And I like that podcasts are shorter, too.) But I do like memoirs and nonfiction on audio from time to time.

    • Elena

      I’m 100% with you, Laila. Books will always be there for me, so I think that always feeling like reading is very much like expecting to always be happy: Just not possible!

      As for podcasts, no! I had never heard of Reading Glasses but I will be checking it out tonight. I’m a bit worried about the effects of What Should I Read Next though, my TBR pile is already a bit scary.

      The first and only audiobook I listened to was non-fiction (Bossypants by Tina Fey) and it was a completely different experience. Now I am listening to a super popular crime book and I’m not really into it. I don’t know if it’s the reader’s voice, or the story but I am not invested in the story. Will report soon!

  • FictionFan

    I do listen to audiobooks but often have difficulty maintaining concentration with them, so I find re-reads work best for me. I’ve been enjoying listening to lots of Agatha Christie and PG Wodehouse. I never watch booktubers or listen to podcasts – not enough time, and being honest I’d rather read a review than listen to one. Slumps happen, especially when life is busy. I barely read any serious fiction or factual stuff for years when I was working hard, but worked my way through a ton of easy-to-digest crime fiction…

    • Elena

      Isn’t it great to know that other people went through the same? For me crime fiction has become part of my academic life, so I have been finding it difficult of lately to read crime fiction for pleasure. I sincerely hope my studies haven’t runied my love for crime novels!

      I had never even considered re-reads for audibooks but it does seem like a great idea! 😀

      • FictionFan

        Hmm… my university days nearly killed Dickens for me, but the effects wore off after a while (a few years!) and now I’m just as devoted to him as ever… good luck! 😀

  • Simon T

    WELL I love Reading the End, Backlisted, The Readers, and A Good Read (for book podcasts) and – if I may – also do one myself with my friend Rachel, called ‘Tea or Books?’. A few of those and I’m always ready with more recommendations to start reading again.

    • Elena

      Those are all fantastic recommendations. Thank you, Simon! And Tea or Books has been on my radar for some time, so I’ll make sure to finally check it out tonight. I’ll keep you posted 😉

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