Spring is here, and so it feels like the perfect time to rejuvenate my blog and start adding a few posts that aren’t purely book reviews. My first step is to rejoin the Book Blogger Hop, a feature hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer which I used to really enjoy until I fell totally by the wayside!
This week’s question comes directly from Billy at Coffee Addicted Writer, and it’s actually quite a timely one for my current state of mind.
DO YOU EVER GET BURNT OUT FROM READING?
The quick answer to this is yes, I do. I don’t know if it’s because I read a lot of books from the same genre and every now and then my brain just decides it needs a break, but every few weeks or so, I will go through a period where I barely read a page for about a week. Whatever book I pick up, I can’t absorb a word. It can be an absolute favourite and I still won’t be able to bring myself to care about what happens. Even a genre switch won’t work. When this happens, the only answer is a week long boxset binge! My most recent binges have been all seven series of Scandal (although that did take longer than a week!) and The Girl Before. I am also working my way through just about every film on Disney+ – if you haven’t seen Encanto yet, I highly recommend it.
I also find that the amount I read often correlates with the state of my mental health. When I was younger, reading was definitely an escape from whatever was going on in my life at the time, but as I get older, I find it incredibly hard to switch my brain off from real life worries to concentrate on a book – that’s when the old favourites come out and I find myself turning to the likes of Rainbow Rowell, Deborah Harkness, and Isabella May for comfort.
I definitely get burn out from reading books specifically for review, and that is partly why I have cut back a bit just recently on the blog tours I am taking part in and on the books I request from NetGalley. I really need to rediscover my love of reading just for fun (that and I have a huge backlog of reviews to share for NetGalley).
I would love to know what everyone else does when reading burnout hits, and any tricks people have for making it go away!