Where are all the new book reviews? Are you still writing? What is happening?
Hello! Okay so, I’m pretty sure that there aren’t a bunch of people descending into chaos at the lack of updates on this blog recently, but the above questions are the one’s I’ve been asking myself due to an almighty READING SLUMP. Yep, I’ve been cursed.
Although, having said that, I did read The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde the other week, and it was really quick and I was so dedicated to reading it, and anyone looking at me would never say that that person was in a reading slump. That was the only Fforde novel I hadn’t read, and because I love his writing, I turned to it to get me out of the slump. And I guess it *sort of* worked. In any case, I then found out that Fforde is releasing a new book Early Riser, and I just got crazy happy about it.
Okay, but what about the reviews?!
I do have a pile of books sitting on my desk waiting for me to review them, but the thing is I’ve just been really busy, or if I’ve had time I’ve used it in a different way: spending time with my mum, getting back into cross-stitch, watching YouTube videos, listening to music…
My ‘review writing slot’ is usually in the mornings between 9am and 12am. But recently I’ve had freelance work to do, or other things to focus my mind on to the point that writing reviews has become low priority. My morning routine changed because when I get busy I sometimes get anxious or my mind gets super full and I can’t function as a human being. So my mornings now are: get up, grab a magazine, eat granola and RELAX INTO THE DAY. Then I get on with important things, and then I go out.
I’ve also been applying for jobs and *drumroll please* have finally got one! I haven’t started yet, and I’m keeping things to myself for now, lest anxiety begins telling me that the universe will take it away from me, but it means that I’ve just shifted all my priorities around to make life a bit better for myself and my mum. It took a long time, and sometimes I leaned on writing reviews to fill the gap in my life that made me feel like I was doing nothing worthwhile. So actually, taking a break from writing reviews has been a Good Thing, because it’s allowed me space to breathe life into other areas.
I’ve sent you my book for review, are you still doing that?
I know that I’ve got a few books for review too, and apologies to those of you who are waiting for those reviews: they will come, just give me time. I think I used to try and be some kind of review machine, but trying to be any kind of ‘machine’ is never a good thing, so that’s why I’ve stepped back. But once I get into my new routine after starting my new job, I’ll know when I can start writing reviews again, and when I can bring myself to read a bit more.
All the reading I want to do at the moment is pleasure reading. I’m valuing my downtime, and it means that I’m passing by the review pile, and choosing books that I can just settle into and relax with. But remember, there’s not a lot of reading happening anyway, because of The Slump.
What should we expect next?
This morning I started reading Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, because I think I just need a classic. Sometimes the classics can be the perfect solution to getting back into reading, and re-connecting with the feeling of being immersed in a book. But if you’re wondering what books I read before the slump been, and what reviews you can expect in the future, then here’s a list:
- Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris
- This is Going to Hurt, Adam Kay
- Scribbles in the Margins, Daniel Gray
- The Lonely City, Olivia Laing
- The Fourth Bear, Jasper Fforde
And don’t worry, I’ve still got author interviews lined up for every month, and the next one will feature Stephan Collishaw.
I’ve also noticed that despite the lack of updates, the blog is still getting plenty of views every single day, so to those people who are still perusing and reading what I think of books then THANK YOU. It means a lot that people are reading my words and exploring this bookish corner of the internet.
If you’ve read this far, you’re officially the best because you give meaning to these words. If you’d like me to do more posts like this (talking directly at you, not apologising for my prolonged disappearance from book-reviewing) then let me know what else you’d like to see on this blog other than reviews.
Wherever you are, I hope you’re having a great day and enjoying whatever it is you’re doing, whether that’s reading a book, relaxing in bed, travelling somewhere, or having an existential crisis like me a few weeks back.
Lots of bookish love,