Ever since I started this blog, back in very late 2012, I have periodically suffered emotional and intellectual fatigue from reading. This condition is doubtlessly exacerbated by reading books that are disturbing, emotive and just damn good, but equally a book I don’t like can seriously drain my reading mojo too.
As I read a lot (don’t want to keep bringing it up but I read 235 books last year), I often suffer from periods of what I call reader’s block, when I cannot take in what I’m reading and it’s difficult to get interested and into the next book. The ideal remedy is that exceptional read that reminds you why you love reading so much, but if you have towering to-be-read pillars of books like me it’s difficult to find that one book that will reach these high heights without picking up another disappointing read. The best remedy is to reset and move on.
I have moaned about reader’s block, aka losing my reading mojo, a few times here, but this post is about how I have managed to avoid it since the beginning of 2016.
Usually it’s around about now, roughly one quarter of the way through the year that I get my first reader’s block. I was expecting it sooner as I have been reading fractionally more books per month this year. However, I have found indulging other interests and not having a book open immediately after finishing one has helped. Basically the time I have spent reading nothing and not feeling pressured to read, has helped me read more.
It can quite honestly feel like a milestone around your neck if you constantly feel pressure to be doing something all the time. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing I love more than reading but if the drive to read comes from necessity rather than passion it becomes somewhat diluted.
Other things I do when I’ve finished a book that has affected me range from watching TV shows I would otherwise not bother with and therefore have no idea what people are talking about, as I do not watch much television, to picking up my crocheting and going back to my colouring books. I also have watched more films at the cinema this year and am looking into a few festivals.
As I have mentioned before I have scheduled dates with my husband where wireless devices are banned and we are taking it upon ourselves to get to know what’s going on around us more locally, discovering new eateries, farmers markets and even car-boot sales.
These few days of total breaks from reading seem to galvanise me to attack my reading list with joy and enthusiasm rather than fatigue and world-weary irritation. So no matter how much you read, total breaks where you are preferably physically more active only aids concentration in my personal opinion.