Monday, May 26, 2014

Musing Mondays - May 26

This is a weekly meme run by Miz B of Should be Reading.

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musing:

It's been a while since I participated in this blog meme. My reading time is seriously down lately. I have a book review due on Thursday and not sure I'll make it in time. I blame menopause. It has totally messed up my sleeping habits, which has led to less reading time. I thought menopause was supposed to give you insomnia, not make you so exhausted you can barely keep your eyes open past 10:30. I'm sleeping better and more than I ever have--which should be wonderful.  But it isn't. I read in the tub at night. It's when I get most of my reading done. But I can count on one hand the times I've relaxed in the tub before bed the last two months.

Do you ever feel the pressure of trying to stay caught up on reading? What do you do about it?


Anonymous said...

I can completely relate to this--including the menopause! :-)
I find that my reading tends to go in spurts--I'll have a few weeks when I'll read and enjoy many books, and then I'll have a stretch of time when life--or sleep!--gets in the way and I just can't devote big blocks of time to reading.
I just try to remind myself that my reading does go in cycles and I'll be back in reading mode soon. It is frustrating, though, when there's a big stack of books calling your name and, for whatever reason, you just can't make a dent in it!

Anonymous said...

It happened with me while reading a book called The Siege - I read till midnight and then tried so hard to continue but gave up. Its especially frustrating when I'm reading a thriller and sleep interrupts !

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I do recall going through that when I was in menopause (a while ago now! LOL).

I actually blamed my reading slump and insomnia on my work life. Now that I am retired and an Indie author, everything is better.


JC Jones said...

I do have slumps. I am long past menopause and since I was working then and not reading much I blamed work. Now I blame other things. Pretty weather, gardening and travel. Here is my musing. Mixed Book Bag

Anonymous said...

I go through phases where I just don't have the energy for reading. I usually go back to re-reading old favourites for a while - Georgette Heyer's Regency books are the ones I fall back on in a reading slump!

Anonymous said...

I am feeling it now. I want to do a book review Wednesday, but I am not sure I'll be able to.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes I just don't have the energy. That's why I rarely take free books for reviewing (unless they're by blogging friends). If I'm not feeling it, I don't want to be forced to tape my eyes open to get through it. I make sure reading is fun, and never a stressful activity :)

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone. I'm glad I'm not alone.

gautami tripathy said...

I had a LONG reading block. 2012 and 2013. It was so bad. But now I am back and already read 91 books out of my goal of 150 in 2014.

Here is my Musing post.