Hello and happy Friday you guys! I hope my fellow Europeans currently suffering from this ridiculous heatwave are doing alright – I know I’ve been hiding from the sun all day because I might’ve gotten a sunburn on Wednesday (mainly because I never learn) and don’t want the sun directly on my body. xD Plus, it was like 37°C outside so if I can avoid those temperatures, I will.
But on Wednesday (aka the day I got that nice sunburn) I was hanging out at my parents’ and was able to switch between laying in the sun and being in the ‘pool’ which was much nicer. The best part, however, was the fact that I actually got a good bit of reading done that afternoon. I think I got close to 100 pages which is easily more than what I’ve read most days this month.
I can’t tell you guys if I’m in a reading slump on top of just watching a ton of BTS content (did you think I could get through a post without mentioning them???) but I haven’t really read much yet this month. I’ve finished one book and then I’m currently reading two more books – both books I was certain I’d already be done reading by now and ideally onto their sequels but that hasn’t happened.
And while I’m in the middle of all of this, I saw Isabella of throneofpages on YouTube/Twitter ask if we’re still bloggers/booktubers when we don’t read a lot/enough and I truly felt that because I was having those thoughts too.
Sure, there are so many other bookish things we can talk about on our bookish platforms even when we’re not actively reading new books (and I think it’s healthy to take breaks from reading and just dive head first into something else) but I do find myself thinking that I should be reading more so I have new books I can tell you guys about.
Something that has definitely taken a lot of pressure off me and how much reading I get done is not doing monthly wrap-ups anymore. Since I usually just wait until I’ve read about 5 books to update you guys, I don’t find myself worrying that I’ve only read one book so far for July. Wouldn’t that monthly wrap-up be boring? This way, you guys just recently got a new Recently Read post and I can take all my time to read or not read. No one is going to be expecting anything (not that I think you guys expect me to talk about new books or new-to-me books) which is really nice.
I’ve actually talked about a number of ways to help you guys read more books if you want to or if you’re looking for what might be keeping you from getting more reading done (say, I don’t know, rewatching the same concert footage three times within less than 48 hours – that’s not specific to me, I don’t know what gave you that idea), so if that’s something you think might be helpful to you check out these posts:
- 7 Reasons Why You’re Not Reading Enough
- 7 Ways To Switch Up Your Reading Experience
- 6 Aspects Keeping You From Reading More & How To Fight Them
Don’t be afraid to just be in whatever reading mood you are in though. If you don’t want to read a book, don’t force yourself. You might end up enjoying a book a lot less because you forced yourself to read it when you weren’t in the mood for it and who does that benefit? Absolutely no one. I took weeks to actually pick up Morning Star (despite being SO stoked for it after the way Golden Son ended) because I didn’t want the way I felt about reading to effect the way I would feel about this book.
Same with the other book I’m reading. There’s more of a deadline there as the sequel comes out on Tuesday (I got sent the ARC) and I said I’d review it during the release week but I don’t want my overall mood to negatively effect a book I’m sure I’m going to enjoy a lot. I think that’s fairer to me, the author and publisher in the end.
I think it’s entirely normal to worry about whether or not we’re getting enough reading done, but I think it’s even more important to make sure you continue to enjoy reading. Don’t put too much pressure on it. You’re still as much of a bookish content creator even if you’re not talking about new books on your platforms.
Take this break from reading new books to talk about all the books you love in even more detail than you might’ve done before! I love watching/reading about someone’s absolute favorite books for different genres or maybe ages. There are so many other bookish things you can do or talk about without reading more books! 🙂
How do you guys feel about this? Do you think there’s a pressure on bookish content creators to read more/a lot of books and to always have new books to talk about? How do you personally deal with that pressure – if you feel it? Let’s discuss in the comments below!