I’ve had a problem recently. Mayhaps you’ve noticed…there have been barely any book reviews on this blog. The simplest reason for this is because now that I have a full-time job, I just don’t have the time to read as much I’d like to. There just aren’t enough hours in the day. But there’s a deeper reason, one that I’ve been battling for quite a while. Want to know my deep, dark secret?
I hate writing book reviews.
This wasn’t always the case. When I first started blogging, I loved writing down all of my thoughts. Writing critical reviews made me think more about what I was reading and helped me discover things that I didn’t realize I had thought important before. But slowly, it’s been draining me. I’m bored with writing reviews. I’m even bored with reading them. There are only so many ways to say you like or dislike a book. All of my reviews sound the same to me now and writing one is akin to pulling a tooth. I just can’t motivate myself to do it anymore.
And here’s the worst part of it…my reluctance to write reviews, the feeling that I have to, is sucking away my love of reading. I hate feeling like reading is an obligation. I just want to open a book and enjoy it without giving a detailed explanation. I want to recapture that joy I used to have at picking up a new book.
So here’s what I’ve been wondering…who says book bloggers HAVE to review books? Where is that rule written in stone? And on a personal level, why should I do something that makes me unhappy? The answer, once I came to it, was simple. I don’t have to. I don’t have to write reviews, and I don’t have to turn in my book blogging card.
So that’s what I’m going to do: talk about books in a different way. I want to remember that I love to read and I want to continue to share that love on my blog.
PS. I loved this post by my book club buddy Jamie. I can’t even begin to explain what a relief it was to find out that someone else was feeling the same way I had been for months. Yay for not being alone in my thoughts!
PPS. Don’t worry…you can still find me reviewing over on YABooksCentral.com!