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9th March
2011
written by Steph

Grrrrr!

Apologies for the lack of updates here of late. Alas, expect them to persist for a little while at least, since I am suffering a case of what I am referring to as Reader’s Rage. An extreme form of a reading slump (is it the time of year? Everyone seems to have the bookish doldrums of late), it’s not just that every book I’ve picked up over the past two weeks has failed to excite or interest but rather almost all of them have made me waspish and annoyed. I keep thinking the characters are stupid or that the focus is trivial and while part of me desperately wants to be reading, as soon as I pick up a book, I want to be doing anything else. I’ve probably read the first 20 pages of five or six books in the past week or so but nothing feels right. So I abandon ship and try something else only to find the same issues cropping up. I have to assume it’s not the books’ faults, it’s mine. Normally I’d turn to an old favorite, but given my current mood, I fear I’d find the suck fairy had gotten into them, thus destroying a once beloved book due to my crotchety mood.

And writing hasn’t been any better. I have a handful of books I need to cover on the blog, but whenever I open up a file to start typing, I find I have nothing to say. Which is a shame and just plain wrong because these books are pretty good and deserve having things said about them. Positive things even! But the words, they will not come.

I fear I have lost my groove! I know I’ll get it back, but I’m going to give myself a guilt-free breather until I find my way home again. Let me tell you, feeling like books are your worst enemy rather than your best friends is a terrible feeling. I hope I can shake it soon! Anyone out there experienced the same thing and have any tips?

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22 Comments

  1. Oh no :-( I hate it when that happens. I hope that the stage passes soon.

    Love the dino photo!

  2. 03/09/2011

    A guilt-free breather, take as long as you like because I’m sure when you come back you’ll have lots to say. Considering how much we all read, it’s not surprising that sometimes we just need a break.

  3. 03/09/2011

    Definitely have had this happen. It’s a very weird feeling. When it happened to me this past fall, I ended up succumbing to the pressure and picking up the cheesiest, easiest thing I could find… the Twilight saga. All of a sudden my reading slump was over. I think my problem was I had been choosing books that I had great expectations for, and they kept disappointing me. As soon as I turned to something I had very low expectations about — I was pleasantly surprised (and freed from the slump). Good luck!

  4. I’ve been having a hard time reading lately, but I think it might be because I’ve been watching too much tv instead :) I know the feeling though, especially of not being able to write anything. I’m just a few books behind, but writing the review I posted today felt like pulling teeth. Good luck overcoming the slump – Wallace’s suggestion seems like a good one.

  5. 03/09/2011

    I have that happen all the time. Then it just goes, just as suddenly as it came. I suspect putting on a dinosaur hat would probably hasten the process, one way or the other! :–)

  6. 03/09/2011

    Hilarious! And I totally get this. I just decided to push my personal blogger reset button this past weekend and wipe out all outstanding commitments and just start over. Feels much better! And you will too. Do you wear the hat to the grocery store?

  7. 03/10/2011

    It MUST be the time of the year. I also noticed that lost of people are on a reading/blogging slump.

    February and March have less light, short days and they’re stuck between a Xmas that has past and the many days till summer.

    I’m sure when spring really hits that everything will be better.

  8. 03/10/2011

    I hate when that happens – UGH!! I tend to read magazines or get lost in movies. Eventually the reading bug will bite you again and soon enough you won’t be able to stop reading. Its just a commom rut that I think all of us bookworms tend to experience now and again. I say enjoy this break – and from the looks of your pic, you are ;)

  9. 03/10/2011

    This happened to me the whole month of January and part of February. I am lucky that I had a few reviews saved up, or the blog would have been silent. I just feel so anxious and sad when I can’t read, but when I tried to read during that time, my mind just wandered, and I hated everything I picked up. My advice is to just chill and maybe watch some movies, or get invested in a television series that you love. It will come back to you, but I think if you force it, it will take longer. And don’t feel guilty about it either. Just reflect back on Jane Eyre, and Tana French’s books, and feel good about what you have read, not the books that are currently bugging you.

  10. 03/10/2011

    Cool hat and cool photo! I hope you get over it but no rush. I’ve been feeling for months like all I ever read are not substantial enough, especially that they’re mostly fiction. I feel like there’s no point. Some days I wish I could just read nonfiction that matter.

  11. 03/10/2011

    I hope the slump passes soon! Whenever that happens, we’ll be right here waiting patiently. Love the photo, btw :D

  12. 03/10/2011

    I think we can all relate to the reading and writing slumps. I’m sure you will be over it in no time. Once I take the pressure off myself and watch some mindless tv shows or movies, I’m back to reading again in no time.

  13. I know the feeling, although in the last week or so, I managed to return to the world of books, by starting of with a Persephone. Three books in about a week, with a full time job’s quite good, so, yay me. Went for about six weeks of no reading before that, and it just felt weird. It’s amazing how much I *need* reading.

    Hope you get your groove back soon.

    Lovin’ the look, by the by.

  14. 03/11/2011

    Ahahaha you’re so cool, love the hat/mask/dinosaur thing! Where can I find one of them?

    Unfortunately I don’t have any tips for dealing (healthily) with the blogger guilt thing. That’s why I’m at tumblr now, it’s so relaxing :D I just can’t be bothered to cover the books I read so extensively when I’m already writing/reading for uni :|

  15. 03/13/2011

    Great photo! Yes, I’ve felt that way before, although I usually just force myself to keep reading, which maybe isn’t the best thing to do. Probably better to find something else to do for a while until the urge comes back and the books get better. We’ll look forward to your return!

  16. Pam
    03/15/2011

    Goodness, I’m feeling about the same, right now. Part of my problem is that it’s cold and flu season at school, leaving me pretty wiped. The other is that it’s super busy almost graduation and transition time ALSO so it’s a double whammy. I’m finding no time to read during the week and then I’m playing heavy catch up all weeeknd. NOTHIN G looks interesting after that! I think I need a me-sanctioned week long blogging break, perhaps….

  17. JoV
    03/15/2011

    I hope you pass the phase soon! is that really your hair? I thought you had a pixie cut not too long ago? ;)

  18. 03/15/2011

    @ all: thanks for the kind words and thoughts everyone! :D I am still in my slump but I think taking some blogging pressure off of me is helping a bit! As for the picture, it’s actually from back in 2008, which is why I have long hair! It’s from when Tony and I went to the Natural History museum in Chicago! I can never resist goofy hats (though I admit I didn’t buy my dinohat).

  19. 03/16/2011

    Haha, what a great photo! I hope you’ll get out of the slump soon! Definitely don’t force yourself to read but do anything else instead (obsessive reading is replaced with obsessive dvd watching in my case) :)

  20. 03/17/2011

    Ouch! yes, same for me here. Nothing seems to interest me much these days. Just doing a lot of rereads that’s all. Unlike you, I am not even motivated to do a post on my lack of motivation ;)

  21. 03/18/2011

    I’ve been in and out of this exact same reading mood! Very frustrating. I hope you can take a break and get back to feeling like yourself soon. Maybe spring weather will help, if the world cooperates!

  22. 03/19/2011

    I hardly read anything between the ages of 29 and 35 – a six year reading slump – so don’t feel bad about a little time off, you’ll come back with renewed vigour!

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