Well, I never imagined that my hour 14 update would be the end of it for me. I read for about 20 minutes in hour 15, then just gave up on the readathon entirely. I think there are a couple of reasons for this: 1. I wasn’t really that organized this time around, so I felt like my participation was disorganized; 2. Sherlock Holmes, while fascinating, is perhaps not the best read-a-thon material when it’s in a large, heavy volume; 3. There was just too much going on around my house. I’m hoping that will be different in October, as I am hoping to be living somewhere else by then.
But I am proud of myself for participating for several hours, bringing my consecutive read-a-thon streak to 4, and for finishing two books. It also made me realize how much I miss blogging and interacting with the blogging community. I miss being an active part of all this.
I’ve actually been thinking about the books I’ve read so far this year, and wondering if that was contributing to my reading (and blogging) slump. And I think it might be. When I was blogging regularly, I was reading a variety of books, and I wanted to talk about them. Now, I’m reading a lot of books that are readable but forgettable. I haven’t read anything that has amazed me in quite some time. So for the next few days, I am going to be taking a look at the books I’ve got and trying to find something that will help me rediscover what it’s like to really become engrossed in a book. So I’m really hoping to be around a lot more. I know some people have probably given up on me, as the promises to be around more tend to ring empty after a while. But I’m only human.
I will likely also be rethinking my blogging strategy. I’ve tried the “block time off on the calendar” bit to try and give myself time to blog, but it hasn’t worked. So I’m going to try a couple of different things and see what works.