Monday, May 3, 2010

Of reading slumps and challenges

As most of my twitter feed knows, I've been in a bit of a reading slump this year. I have in fact only finished 10 books since the beginning of January.

I'm ambivalent about that, to be honest. On the one hand, reading isn't a race, and I do read mainly for enjoyment, and to broaden my world view. On the OTHER hand ... I can almost FEEL the books that are slipping through my fingers while I'm not-reading the books I DO have. Er. If that makes sense. LOL.

2010 is also turning into a bit of a re-read year for me, as evidenced by my so-far sparse finished list:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Generation A by Douglas Coupland
The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien
Under the Dome by Stephen King
A Soldier's Tale by M K Joseph
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Dark Matter by Juli Zeh

I've read The Graveyard Book, The Hobbit and LOTR before (although I'm still stuck on The Two Towers for some reason) and I have a feeling that the LOTR readalong is going to spur more re-reads. But I'm okay with that - there's nothing quite like revisiting old book friends. :D

Now, at the start of the year, I said no challenges for me this year. So I joined Nymeth and Chris' Graphic Novel challenge. Then it was time for Once Upon a Time ... you see a theme.

And now Nymeth is tempting me again with her 1930s mini-challenge. The GOOD thing there is I can cross-reference it with the Golden Age of Detective Fiction tour at :D

And the Daphne du Maurier challenge ... I LOVED Rebecca, and I've always meant to read more du Maurier. I actually have a couple more of her books around ... somewhere ... that I picked up from my secondhand bookstore. So it's ... fate or something.

I think I'm just going to accept the fact that 2010 isn't going to be my best reading year ever, relax, and enjoy. Otherwise I'm just going to get hung up on the numbers.

And I hate numbers. :P


Chrisbookarama said...

Thanks for signing up!

Anonymous said...

Whatever you do, do not start calculating how many books you can read in your lifetime if you keep going at this rate. I do this every time I get into a reading slump, and it is the opposite of helpful. I still have my reading slump AND I wind up in a panic about the things I'm missing. :P

DesLily said...

I am pretty much in your boat with my reading this year... maybe we can blame it on the moon??? (it's sure not because I have a busy life!)

Bybee said...

You never's early in the year and you could hit a streak at one point! You're right, of course..don't focus on the numbers. Reading enjoyment should always be #1.

That 1930s Challenge beguiled me as well.

Jodie said...

Yes she is temptress that one ;)