Reading Slumps & Pressure to Read|Another Scatterbrained Discussion
Time for another rambling discussion post from yours truly! There are a few reasons why I wanted to talk about reading slumps today, the main reason being I feel like I’m entering into a reading slump, but not really?
So what do I mean by not really? Well, ever since I’ve started blogging I feel like I’ve had a lot more pressure to read more books so I have more content to talk about instead of talking about the same books over and over again. So while I tend to read 7-8 books a month, lately I feel like I haven’t been reading that much. Don’t get me wrong, 7-8 books is still a LOT of reading, but that pressure to get more reviews and more content just makes me feel like I should be reading all the books in one month!
I’ve mentioned it a few times in previous posts that I have a tendency to flip from one book to another, and that isn’t something that I used to do before I started to seriously review and blog about books. I used to stick to one book and read it for a week or two until I’m done with it. But now, I feel like I’m not reading the books fast enough so I start another book and feel frustrated with that so I move on to another and so on and so forth. Just that want and need to have content really pushes me to try to read more, and when it doesn’t happen it makes me feel like I’m not getting in all the reading I need to.
I think that blogging (or doing booktube, bookstagram, etc) puts such a large amount of pressure on all of us to read the newest thing and to read everything that’s out there that it makes us all crazy! I know that for me personally, when I started to blog I thought I didn’t have enough books to read to talk about so I ended up buying a TON of books so that I would have things to talk about and there is NO WAY that I’m going to finish them all or even want to now! Has anyone else done this? I can’t be the only one out there that felt like to be a successful blogger you need to have a ton of books for tags and photos and content in general. Maybe it’s because I started with bookstagram and the same 30 books was just getting boring, but maybe not.
So how does one keep up with blogging and reviewing when they are in a reading slump? It’s definitely something that I haven’t really had to fully deal with yet and I feel really lucky that I haven’t hit an actual reading slump. But that feeling that I’m in a slump when I’m really not just makes me kinda panicky.
So do you feel pressure to read more and read more recent releases to be successful with your blog? I think it’s an important topic to talk about and it’s definitely something that’s been on my mind a lot lately.
*Side Note: It’s actually kind of ironic that I chose this topic to post about today, because while I’m writing this (Tuesday) I’m watching the Bookmarked live show that Hailey from Hailey in Bookland, Hannah from A Clockwork Reader and Zoe from ReadbyZoe and their topic is “real” readers, but they just touched on this topic as well with the pressure to read more and read the newest books to keep up with the times.