Good morning, good afternoon, good evening friends, happy Wednesday! How are you ? February’s here and I am still waiting for the sunshine, summer and hot weather to come, let’s be honest. In the meantime, I thought we’d all stay under the covers – or close-by to an air vent or something for those of you currently living through summer down there – and have a little chat.
I know what you’re thinking: what is UP with this blog post title, this is a bunch of nonsense?! Also, I will admit that yes, when you read it like this, it does seem kind of crazy to write that. As book bloggers, books are the heart and soul of our blogs – even if we like to wander sometimes in lifestyle, traveling or whatever you’re enjoying as well posts. As book bloggers, we are here to read books, share books, recommend books, scream about books we love, rant about books we didn’t love so much, and just EAT BOOKS all the time. Well, except when we are forced to socialize or do boring stuff such as school, work and so on. So why would I even ASK such a question ?
Book slumps happen. There are times when we don’t WANT to read anymore, when no books manage to meet our expectations and we are just tired/too busy/too many things going on, and so on, to read. Do we feel like we are good book bloggers when that happen? Certainly not. Can blogging, seeing people talking about ALL THE BOOKS, make us feel better, or just worse because we are NOT reading while everyone else is and we are surely missing out on everything?
Then there’s the ARC problem. I know what you could be thinking: when has getting free books before everyone else ever been a problem? And it’s not, it is such an amazing privilege, yet…if you’re in a reading or blogging slump, if you can’t read or write this review for this ARC, you feel like you’re failing. I know I do. Because ARCs are a commitment for sure.
There are many, many reasons why we SHOULD be reading as book bloggers, and many reasons when we CAN’T. As book bloggers, this struggle can get worse. Reading can feel like an obligation so many times, something you have to do because hell, it’s written in your blogging description, it’s sort of a requirement if you want to blog about books, otherwise you’re just fooling yourself. It’s something we need to do because well everyone’s talking about some book and I haven’t even READ IT YET what am I doing and what am I missing out and when will I feel part of the community if I am not flailing about the same book as everyone else is?
You know what? It’s okay NOT to read. I haven’t read at all during Christmas holidays because I was busy. I don’t read too much on weekends because I am blogging. I decided to read an old Tintin the other night because I didn’t feel like getting to the end of The Raven King, and whatever I am already late on this hype train, so what’s a couple more days? There are times, days, where I just don’t feel like reading. I feel like writing, I feel like watching this Dawson’s Creek episode I have seen a billion times already. And so on.
There are hyped books I do not feel like reading, because they are outside of my comfort zone and if, at times, I do like to venture in this area, other times I just know it’s not going to be for me. There are times where I just don’t want to read, and it’s okay because reading is something I love, and it shouldn’t become something I hate. I know I need to get to this ARC soon, but if I can’t, I will let the publisher know I am having trouble, because after all I am not a reading-robot, and I am not waiting for an income that won’t be there if I don’t review the book.
On days like these, I remember that I am here because I love to read, not because I’m doing another school work that will give me extra credits.