Book bloggers: do we still love reading?

Hi friends, happy Wednesday! I hope you’re having a lovely week so far. I feel like changing things up lately, mixing up my usual schedule and, well…chatting when I feel like it, basically. And there’s a question that’s been on my mind, so… I’ll just ask it right away.

Fair warning, fellow book bloggers… It will sound weird, but…

Do you still love to read?

I know. I’m asking a super weird question here. Obviously, if you are a book blogger, your sole purpose – well, one of your main purposes anyway – is to talk about books, fangirl about books, shove books into someone’s face and just scream at them in a very gentle way to JUST READ THE DAMN BOOK because it’s the best thing you’ll ever read. Until a next great book comes around.

Yet, somehow, I’m going to say something that might be a teensy bit unpopular. Or just maybe, shine a light on some issues book bloggers and other ardent readers might have. That issue being: BOOKS. The source of our love, what we are here for, well… sometimes it just doesn’t work between us anymore.

I have been reading from the very beginning of my small little life. I’ve been reading in my crib -no, seriously-, I’ve been reading under my desk in class, I’ve been reading in the hallways at university, now I’m reading at work. (On my lunch break, not during hours, even if it’s very tempting at times). I can’t remember a time where I haven’t been reading. Yet, with blogging, everything changed and, sometime, it has happened that… reading wasn’t so much my first love as it was a chore.

When I slowly started to immerse myself in the book blogging community, it was incredible. So many book recommendations, so many new friends to fangirl with, overall, JUST, ALL THE BOOKS. Yet, behind this shiny light, came the pressure, the questions, the interrogations. Instead of becoming a refuge, books became a bit daunting. As my TBR grew and grew and grew, as my wallet could not follow to read all the books I had to in order not to feel left out….I love my books, don’t get me wrong but… somedays, I just did not want to be reading.

I’m the kind of person putting tons of pressure on myself, in every single thing I do. Obviously, time had to come where I put myself pressure on my reading as well. There were just so many questions, questions I did not expect to come, turning inside my brain all the time.

Do I read enough?

I’m a book blogger. I should be reading. Like, all the time. What if I don’t feel like it anymore? What if I need a break? What if, one time, I just read one book a month instead of five? DOES IT REALLY MATTER?

Do I read the books I SHOULD be reading?

The book blogging community is beautiful, yet it’s also…confusing. Dramatic. It puts tons of pressure, especially when you have a bad fear of missing out and can’t / haven’t read the most hyped books of ever in the community. Slowly, reading wasn’t as fun as before. It was an obligation. We lose what we came here to do. Fangirl. Talk about books. We want to do all the reading challenges and read all the books, putting unecessary pressure on ourselves. I’m not saying reading challenges are not FUN, just saying that you have to be ready and want to do it. Not because everyone does it.

Do I talk about books enough?

I’m not even sure this makes sense. I mean, of course, we are book bloggers, we talk about books enough. But should we be talking about them ALL the time? Should we write more reviews, tweet about more books and everything else? This is a question I often ask myself, because I’m seeing everyone talking about books 24/7 especially on twitter and… I’m not. Does that make me less of a book blogger?

Thing is: if you do too much of anything, the dreaded burn out isn’t too far. Too much of blogging, too much of reading. With the added pressure of book bloggers, reading often, reading more books, reviewing them, getting through all of the ARCs if you are into asking a lot of them and are very lucky, and so on….well, sometimes, book bloggers aren’t into reading anymore.

Sometimes, we just need a break.

If you remember – or if you weren’t here before -, I went on holidays this summer. I took a break from blogging and I only read, like, one book in three weeks. IT WAS GREAT. I didn’t feel pressured to read tons of books, afar from my community. I didn’t feel pressured to take notes and write the best review ever.

I fell in love with reading again. Pure love for the written words, the world, everything reading brings me. Without thinking about the complexities of the book, the way I should be writing my review, how I should recommend it, and so on.

So, I just came to wonder. Do we sometimes forget that we are here for the love of books? Do we sometimes let ourselves be influenced by the hype and end up giving into it? Do we sometimes feel like we can’t take any kind of reading break because…well, what kind of book blogger are we, then?!

I’m really writing this long rant to remember, for myself, and hopefully to give you something to remember, if you’re feeling a bit like I am, sometimes. There is nothing wrong with reading less, some times. There is nothing wrong with not reviewing everything. There is nothing wrong with not asking for ARCs or not tweeting about every book you read. There is nothing wrong with taking a break from what we love, to come back loving it even more.

Β Do you, as a book blogger – or an avid reader – sometimes feel like you just don’t want to be reading anymore? Do you feel guilty about it?

Do you feel guilty when you’re in a reading slump, not to be reading anymore? Silly question, but… you know, I do.

Do you sometimes, when you read, overanalyse everything and forget the love you have for, just, READING?

What do you do to fall in love with reading again, if you’re just not feeling it someday? Do you turn back to a favorite book? Do you stop reading altogether for a while and take a big break? Do you eat chocolate and it makes everything okay? (Universal solution to everything) Let me know in comments!

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144 thoughts on “Book bloggers: do we still love reading?

  1. I can *totally* relate to this!! Blogging has in many ways both helped and hindered my reading- because yes, I read a lot more and hear about so many great books (better than I’d probably ever find on my own) but sometimes the sheer volume or books that I know I have to read make it a chore. And yes, I feel like I *have* to read sometimes, even though I really need a break. And yes the pressure is so intense, but like you said, it leads to burnout :/ Yes, yes, yes- a million times over- I definitely needed this reminder that it’s okay to take a break from time to time!! Awesome post!!

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  2. These are all totally valid and reasonable points, Marie, and I’m sorry this is bothering you. It is true. It can get to you sometimes, feeling like you’re not doing “your job” enough as a book blogger, not shoving books into people’s faces 24/7. But one thing I’ve learned over the last two years is that, often days, you just do you. And that’s with everything in life. If you don’t feel like reading for weeks on end, don’t. Does it make you less a bookworm? No. Does it make you a horrible book blogger? No. Will it cost you and your blog stats? Probably. But YOU DO YOU. I’d rather we all get to keep our love of reading. *Hugs!* ❀

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    1. Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment, you are seriously the best ❀ I so need that reminder sometimes. I'm always being a bit too…well, crazy hard on myself ahah πŸ™‚ thank you! ❀

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  3. Talk about a timely and super relatable post! πŸ™‚ I’ve been really struggling with reading lately. Like, I want to be reading, I tell myself I should be reading, I get ready and pick a book that sounds amazing and then… I just don’t read. Or I read for 20 minutes and that’s it. I’m done. Nothing to do with the book. Just not in the mood. It’s been that way for a few months now but I’m trying not to pressure myself. (Even though I do, like you said, about all the things I could be pressuring myself about). But, even though I do feel guilty, I also don’t force myself. Because this is probably just a temporary thing and it’ll pass and I’ll be an avid reader once more. But forcing myself could damage my love of reading for a longer period, which I really don’t want. So in this case, binge-watching tv shows is my friend πŸ™‚

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    1. OH yes, that’s exactly it. On the one hand, there is this pressure, this little voice inside of you telling you that you should be reading. On the other hand, there’s this other voice, telling you that you should take a break, a real one, otherwise you’ll end up hating it all. I think we should listen to that little angel, haha πŸ˜› YEEES, binge-watching TV shows is such a great way, well… not to read and get your mind off this guilt πŸ˜›
      Thank you so much, I’m so glad you could relate to this ❀

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  4. YOU HAVE ECHOED MY THOUGHTS COMPLETELY and I’ve actually been meaning to write a post on how I feel pressurised to read etc.

    I definitely get caught up in the whole book blogging whirlwind. I worry that I’m not reading enough, my TBR stresses me out because I’m discovering new books all the time and, even though it’s dumb, I get stressed about not being able to read ALL THE BOOKS. Then there are times when I want to read other books on my shelf or from the library but I have to prioritise ARCs and then because I’m stressed about having to read specific books by a certain date I fall into a reading slump, which doesn’t help anything.

    I really need to learn to not let blogging and reading stress me because, at the end of the day, it’s a hobby and it should be fun. Wonderful post and thank you for sharing! ❀

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Kyra! ❀ I'm sorry to hear you've been feeling the same way a little bit – I think we both need to learn NOT to stress out too much about things like blogging….Easier said than done, but…SOMEDAY WE WILL DO THIS haha πŸ˜›
      Thank you so much ❀ ❀

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  5. I could relate to this! Ever since I started working, I don’t have enough time to read and review books on my blog. I have to constantly remind myself that reading and blogging is my hobby, my passion and these are the things that I really, really love to do. And getting into reading slump is another worst thing that can happen at the time I feel like this. One way for me to get back on track is reorganizing my bookshelf… which is weird and tiring when you have hundreds and hundreds of books. I won’t force myself to read, it’s sad because I used to read at least 10 books in a month and now I could hardly finish 3 books.

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    1. We always should remind ourselves that blogging is a hobby, so is reading, and we should enjoy it and have fun, not pressure ourselves. That’s easier said than done, obviously hahaha, but I believe we can do this ❀
      It's good, I think, that you are not forcing yourself – forcing yourself can just lead to gigantic slumps πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this ❀ ❀

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    1. Ohhh, old favorites, tea and chocolate. What an awesome recipe to fall in love with reading again ❀ It has to help for sure! Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Cora! ❀ ❀

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  6. Hello, Marie! I’m going to catch up on all of your WONDERFUL POSTS RIGHT NOW! ❀ ❀

    There are so many times that there are books that I own/books that I borrowed from the library SOLELY BECAUSE OF THE HYPE and because I want to stay on top of things! (Right now I've checked out… about 20 books from the library. I've read… 5 of them.)

    I FEEL SO GUILTY ABOUT IT and there's basically no time for backlist books tbh :/ WHICH CAN SUCK.

    I reallyyyy love re-reading books that I loved previously, it's so much fun and easy because you know that you'll love it and things will be clearer! I kind of hate trying to over-analyze things and make something that seems enjoyable… into something that is BADLY WRITTEN and HAS NO PLOT once you've realized it!

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    1. HELLO YOU AWESOME HUMAN BEING ❀ ❀
      Ohhh I get it I'm having such a hard time resisting the hype just as well…everyone is talking about these books, it's hard NOT to want to know what the fuss is all about πŸ˜‚
      Oh, same here. I feel like sometimes, blogging and reading others' reviews make me feel like I should be analyzing every small thing, otherwise I'm failing. But…it's also important to just enjoy reading, because…READING IS FUN? πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much!! ❀ ❀

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  7. I got my love of reading from my grandmother and my mother. When I had a job working at a certain place, I would carry my book around with me and read at breaks. I got fussed at from the supervisors if I had the book beside me on the table. I wouldn’t have read while working. But yes I do get to where I don’t want to read sometimes. But I don’t put pressure on myself with my blog.

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