http://literarylion.ca/the-pros-and-cons-of-book-blogging-lets-talk-bookish/Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each others’ posts.
Do you ever take breaks from reading?
I do! But they are never planned breaks. I am not someone who reads every day, but I usually read at least five days a week. My reading is very much based on mood and I am not someone who does well with having my reading scheduled. I am always in awe of people who plan their monthly reading down to the page, but I think that would make reading more like a chore for me. I have never told myself that I was going to take a reading break for a set amount of time- it just happens organically and I don’t fight it.
What causes you to take a reading break and how long are they typically?
So many things can get in the way of my reading time. Life happens, stress happens, TV show binges happen. There was a time in my early twenties where I went on a year-long reading break. These days, I usually don’t go longer than three or four days without reading. I think that all comes down to the comfort that reading provides for me. I know there are some people who cannot read a page when they have a lot on their mind, but I turn to books when I need a mental break.
That isn’t to say that I do not fall into reading slumps, I definitely do. My mood reading can make it difficult to find the right book to read at a certain time. I never want to force myself to read, so I won’t, but it can be frustrating.
When would you recommend reading breaks to others?
Whenever you feel like it is necessary! Reading shouldn’t feel like a chore, and if it does start to feel that way I think it is important to take a break from it and reflect on why it has changed for you. I know that bloggers can feel pressure to read, which can take some of the enjoyment out of it. I have been thinking about writing a post about how to keep reading fun, and I am hoping to post that soon.
Do you think reading breaks help you to read more in the long run?
I think they can. When you are not in the mood to read but try to push through, it can take you much longer to finish a book than it would if you were in a different head space. Even if taking breaks means you read less, I still think that it is an important thing to do if you feel like it is necessary. I am all for quality reading over quantity. If you read two books in a month that were amazing and you really took your time with and enjoyed, I think that is better than reading ten books that you forced yourself to read and didn’t enjoy to the fullest.
Once again, I do think that blogging and the book community in general can make it seems as though reading is a competition, and I think that narrative needs to change. It starts with looking at your own reading life and what you want from it. This is definitely something I have been reflecting on for myself with 2021 on the horizon.