March Wrap Up

I usually try to start these wrap ups off with some sort of lighthearted jabbering. This month…well, I don’t have it in me. March has seen many people’s lives turned completely upside down within the course of just a few short weeks. Schools closing, businesses shutting their doors, people losing their jobs in the millions (3 million new people applied for unemployment in the US in March alone), and our very way of life interrupted. This is a modern day plague.

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The Land of the Epic Reading Slump

Late January, early February I found myself in a reading slump. Nothing unusual for me as I find myself having them four or five times a year and it is no big deal. I typically don’t feel like reading for a week or two and then suddenly I can’t read enough and plow through half the books on my TBR with a kind of fevered joy.

Happy manic reading

This slump, this one feels different. It may have began during the coldest, harshest part of winter but now it is sunny and warm and I still haven’t felt like reading for more than five minutes at a time. This thing has been sticking around for nearly two months, it feels like a disease of the non-COVID kind. Can you imagine that? Two months of not wanting to read.

It makes me feel like I am a fraudulent reader.

I know that is ridiculous because part of my very foundation is my love of reading. Finding a story that sucks you in and clamps onto your soul like a succubus is something that has brought me through many difficult times. But here I am, staring at all of the unread books on my shelves, lacking the desire to pick up any of them.

Seeing all these lovely, unread books on my shelf makes me sad. I hope that I can soon pick one up and plow through the pages like I did in January. My irrational fear is that maybe I’ll never love a book again. Maybe that is pandemic paranoia talking but the thought has swum through my mind on more than one occasion.

I’m not sure what the final purpose of this post was. I think maybe it was just to vent my frustrations. Maybe it was just a self-indulgent swim in the river of self pity. Whatever the reason is, I hope that you all are having better reading success than I am and that you are staying safe and healthy during this time of turmoil.

Down the TBR Hole #36

TBRHOLE

Welcome again to Down the TBR Hole! This meme came from Lost in a Story. All book descriptions taken from Goodreads. 

Current TBR Total: 199

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
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