Today’s subject in our usual “top ten” format does feel a little bit… “vulnerable.” At least compared to the usual conversation. I have to be honest when I saw that writing about reasons why I’m not reading came up it did kind of feel as though it was a slap in the face. Metaphorically speaking of course. But still, seeing these words was kind of a reveal I knew but also didn’t really make me want to think about. At least not in the strict way of having to sit down and compose something such as we are now.📚FOUR THINGS AND REASONS WHY I’M NOT READING📚 Some of the reasons keeping me from #reading (although I still love and appreciate books). #TopTen #TopTenList #ReadingReasons #ReaderReasons #ReasonsImNotReading #NotReading #Readers #Reading… Click To Tweet
When it comes to me not reading, this has been an ongoing thing for about three years now. Some of these reasons are personal and I probably won’t talk about them because I’ve never been a “dear diary” kind of writer. Other reasons are kind of extensions of what I’ve shared before and may possibly be repetitive. Still, this is appropriate since it’s actually what our weekly book list topic asks of us.
As a result of this I’m getting to officially share about some of the reasons why I’m not reading.
THE REASONS WHY I’M NOT READING
I was part of bookstagram for several years. I took all the photos. I staged them and bought props. It was, admittedly quite fun. But something tripped me up and I discovered there is – gasp – drama even in the bookstagram corner of the Internet. It kind of took me aback (though why I don’t know since drama is what the Internet thrives on).
Looking back, I’m pretty sure this was kind of the start of my retreat. Or maybe the middle. I won’t get into exactly the drama was, but I will say, it sort of made me reexamine being a bookstagrammer and all that entails. I still love when I run across (as a kind of recommended post) a beautiful photo that’s all about books and I even follow some accounts that are all about books and simply put, create lovely content. Some of the photos I see are beautiful; and IO also now that content, for me, did “better” than anything I do know.
I think, to some extent, part of it is the industry too. The books I’m reading about just don’t excite me (outside of my favorite authors). The same is true of film and TV too. I also heard this author recently say that this author, along with friends who are authors, are finding it harder to create because of the industry. I can believe that and find it sad that we’re leaning into a place where there’s a set of “rules” in that the industry is only looking for x, y or z as the “appropriate” things to publish.
I think some of the opinions about what constitutes real readers vs non-readers was a small factor too.
Perhaps less than the bookstagram reason (above), I think some of the things I read or discover about publishing houses and publishers, like what they go along with, is perhaps another reason why I’m less than enthused. This is especially true about one smaller market.
CLOSING thoughts | Despite this and other elements stopping me from reading, I still appreciate books. I still enjoy talking about them. Discovering a favorite author has a new book makes me excited! Opening a book store’s website to browse all the latest cover reveals is fun and I love seeing an author reveal their latest cover design. All of the excitement for these things is there. I enjoy creating lists like this or seasonal lists of books readers may enjoy in any given season. It’s just the picking up a book that is, at least right now, not something I’m currently pulled towards. This is no way reflects on favorite authors, and I still love reading as a rule, I just have to pick up a book, read it and hopefully that will be the catalyst that reignites some of my reader love.
What reasons do you have for not reading as much or anymore? Do you still enjoy reading? What books do you think could pull someone out of it? (Drop them below! I want all the recommendations.) Let’s meet up in that comment section. I want to hear all the comments.
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