The thing is that if someone were to look at my reading challenge on Goodreads, they wouldn't even think I'm in this funk because I've still read things. Just not anything I've really been invested in. In the month of May I finished 8 things, which isn't bad, but I've also started 6 books and just stopped part of the way through.
These are all the books I started and just gave up on:
(And I'm pretty sure there are more).
The weird thing is that they're good books. I was actually enjoying them while I read, but the moment I set them down there was nothing pulling me back into the story.
This creates a cycle. A very stressful cycle. I start a book, I leave it halfway, I start another book, I leave that one partly read. By the time I've started the third book I already feel so guilty about the other two that I can't enjoy that one. This leads me to leave that one half way, but I want to read, so I start a fourth one. And so forth. Do you see the problem? The weight of those unfinished books slows me down on my reading.
The other problem is that this makes me think, "I can't find anything on my shelves that I want to read", so I go out and buy more books, but the more books I buy, the more overwhelming my TBR becomes.
This seems to happen to me every year, and every year I seem to forget how I got out of it the year before. When my reading mood suffers, my blog also suffers. I'm going to try to blog a bit about other things in June. Not focus completely on books, this is still a book blog, but I'll be doing some traveling and I think it will be refreshing to talk about some of the other things going on in my life.