Excited about Reading…

Or not!

Know the last date I posted a book review? October 13th!

Yikes! How can that be? I love to read!

Lately, though, I’m battling the reading “ho hum’s.” Usually, while hubby watches TV in the evenings, I read. But recently, I’m quite content to veg out in front of the television with him. I can even spout off all the latest sports news. Big Al with the Charlotte Hornets is out with an injury, but they haven’t missed a beat. Have you watched them play? Pure poetry on the court! The Carolina Panthers are smokin’ hot! Jeff Gordon said goodbye to racing at the close of this season, and Tony Stewart retires next year. (Bummer!) Sadly, I can’t recall the names of the characters of the current book I’m reading. Or not reading. 🙂

It’s not for lack of trying. How many books have I picked up since October? But they just seem to fade on my kindle. What’s up with that?

Do you ever feel like you’re bombarded with books?

NetGalley overwhelmed me, with all those wonderful looking books calling my name. But I finally surrendered and stopped requesting books because the pressure to write a review by the release date just added to the stress of reading. Also, I download all the freebies that sound interesting, but that just bloats my kindle. Used to be, I panicked when my TBR stack ran low. Not now. I’m stressing because of too many! 


What’s my problem? I want to read. I just can’t seem to make myself follow through with an actual book.

Maybe, after months and months of editing, I’m just plain burned out on reading. Now that I finally uploaded Roping the Marshal, my second self-pubb’d book, and can move on to finish writing the third, I’m not sure I’ll remember how to actually create. lol. 

Or could it be that since I juggle writing Christian romance and mainstream contemporary romance now I fall between the reading cracks? Seems every mainstream book I pick up, I reach the 30% mark and ram right into a sex scene. 

Remove from device! 

Many Christian books seem too tame, borderline preachy, while contemporary romances ratchet my spice-ometer past acceptable.

Help!! Do you go through reading slumps? How do you get your reading mojo back?

Here’s how I hope to spend my weekend. How about you?
Photo courtesy of Pixabay

Happy reading!

13 thoughts on “Excited about Reading…

  1. I feel the exact same, Dora. I've got books coming out my ears. My Kindle is exploding and my bookcases are overflowing. I continue to buy books though. What is my problem? Lately, the only time I read is while I'm on my treadmill. I try to read in bed at night, but no matter how good the book is, I'm out after the first or second page. I think my main problem is guilt. While reading, my mind tells me I should be writing…sigh.


  2. On the treadmill? Yikes! I can picture a visit to the emergency room if I tried that. lol. But exercising might be less tortuous and you probably feel a mighty sense of accomplishment, right? 🙂


  3. I go through those stages, too. I read, read, read, read, read. Then … not. It's like anything else. We need moderation. Also, I think we can become so focused on getting through out stacks that we forget to enjoy the stories. Then it becomes like work. Keep pounding, Panthers!! 🙂


  4. I am there, so there. I have a few keepers I look at to remind me when I loved to read. Tried switching to nonfiction. But eventually, once I get my Christmas Amazon card, I will search for books others are excited about and give them a go. Just have to download one at a time and make myself take the time.


  5. We must be drinking from the same fountain, Dora! I'm right there with you. I recently took some time off from every thing. I use my Kindle more for the apps and checking social media than I do reading. I think sometimes our brains just get jammed with all the info. 😀 Like you, I have stopped reading for the pleasure and more for the job. That gets old in a hurry. I marvel at these who read several books a week when I can't seem to read one in two weeks! So, I've decided to concentrate on writing and research. Maybe that will spark the hunger for a good read. <3


  6. Hi Dora, I hear ya… I don't want preachy, I want sweeter but not treacly… I like suspense but don't need super-women-hear-me-roar heroines. It's okay to need someone.I find myself with lots of half-read stuff. Dunno. Maybe I have ADD after all. Or maybe I'll go back to the beginning: Louisa May Alcott. Love you…


  7. I'm always in a book, and do what you used to. 🙂 I read in the evening between commercials or when news is on I don't care to watch. One thing I haven't mastered, unless the language or graphic hop-into-bed scenes make me dump the book, I read to the last page. Often I wonder, why did I buy that story? Maybe because I'm an optimistic, hopeful person. Hope you get your mojo to read back soon, Dora.


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