Thinking on Thursday… IN A READING RUT

So, no real big impressive thoughts today. It’s really me venting my own annoyance with… myself, I suppose.

I’ve been in a reading rut for a while now. It just seems like it’s been AGES since I’ve read a book I’ve been absolutely crazy about. The last one I can really remember is Practical Jean by Trevor Cole, which I really enjoyed and already purchased my own copy of.

I can’t really figure out why I seem to be stuck in a rut. It could have something to do with my lack of reading-time lately, so I feel like I’m taking FOREVER to get through certain books. I’ve been trying to make sure I getΒ at least 6 hours of sleep before going to work at First Job – since I work 12 hours shifts and it’s really slow at least half of that time, work is actually when I can get the most reading done. But when I’m sleep-deprived, I end up just watching DVD’s for the first half of my shift or so because watching something on the computer helps keep me awake. But last night I got PLENTY of sleep, like over 8 hours,Β yet I’ve still spent the morning drowsy and therefore re-watching season 1 of Pushing Daisies instead of reading. What up with that?

Also, my reading “mood” changes from book to book, so I’ve had trouble keeping up with those pesky poll reads. I still haven’t started this month’s poll winner yet, The Woman in White. Partly because I started reading Don Quixote and I haven’t finished yet (that sucker is LONG), so I feel… not good (articulate, I know) about starting another classic right now. I’m hoping my mini-readathon this weekend gives me a chance to make some major progress with DQ, so that I’ll be able to start The Woman in White next week – but I’m not promising anything. If you voted for it and I don’t get to it this month – sorry, but relax cause it’s a book for one of my challenges anyways, so I’ll get to it sometime this year.

ANYWAYS, I’m going to try to get out of this bookish funk by:

1 – Not only getting enough sleep before work, but also having some sort of breakfast & caffiene when I get up for work. Which is hard, since I wake up at about midnight to go to work, but I can try…

2 – Trying to finish the books I’m currently reading right now as soon as possible, to motivate myself and because I want to read other stuff.

3 – Possibly re-reading an old favorite or two next. Since I haven’t stumbled upon many truly AMAZING novels in a while, I’ll revisit my faves and just take comfort in their awesomeness.

Good plans, no? Hopefully I can stick to them enough to get myself pumped up and out of this slump. So…

What puts you in a reading rut?

What are the ways you get out of it?

BeingΒ  a book blogger, doesn’t being in a reading rut really suck because you want to post reviews and whatnot?

Thanks for listening to my whining. Hopefully you chime in with a bunch of stories about your reading ruts to make me feel better πŸ˜‰

~Sarah

 

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3 comments

  1. I can SO relate! Seriously, I’m in a bit of a reading rut myself right now and it’s driving me crazy! I have only a little time to read and keep falling asleep while reading. Which is a problem cause I’ve started what’s supposed to be an epic fantasy and there’s no excitement yet (mostly being introduced to characters and the world right now) so I don’t really feel motivated to read a lot…
    And yes, it does really suck when you want to finish books and post reviews and then get stuck in the first 100 pages of a 700+ book!
    I’m not sure how to get out of this, except for just reading a lot of it over the weekend and hoping it gets more interesting soon… Let me know if you find a ‘cure’! πŸ˜‰

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  2. I get in reading ruts myself. Sometimes if I read a lot of one genre that is not hf or read a lot of long books, I get in a rut. For some reason HF doesn’t do that to me.
    My WIP stresses me out when I can’t make things go the way I want it to. Some days the choice is read or tackle WIP; I don’t have the emotional capacity to do both.

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  3. Too many things to do or having a lot on my mind puts me in a reading rut, too, especially if I read too much of the same genre, so I try to read different genres. Rereading my favorites helps me too.

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