I haven’t done a recap post in years! I just usually don’t have much to say. But I’ve got some things to talk about today about the first two months of 2017, and how that’s affecting my reading and blogging life.
Epic Reading Funk
I have been in a reading funk for months now. It’s not a full-on reading slump, because I am reading, and I have found books I’ve loved. But I’m not reading very much, and I’m finding it very difficult to find new books that grab me.
There are a few things that are stressing me out that I think are contributing in a big way to this epic reading funk. First, the politic climate here in the U.S. is really stressful. The things that the new administration are doing are so very wrong, and is causing me so much anxiety. I know I’m not the only one who is feeling the stress – not by a long shot – but all this stress is making it incredibly difficult to actually concentrate on anything, including reading.
Second, I had some major changes at work. I’m a children’s librarian, and for the last 8.5 years I worked in the same branch in the city where I live. I loved my job there. It was really a special and wonderful neighborhood in which I worked. But in December, a number of librarians in my city were told we were being moved to different branches, and I was one of them. And then, I decided to apply for a promotion. So basically, it was a lot of stress dealing with leaving a job I loved, making sure I was ready for the interview, and then, being offered the new job, and then starting at a new place. Yesterday was my first day at my new library. And while I’m excited for my new job, all of this stress on top of the stress from the new president had not helped in my reading funk.
I’m hoping that now that I’m in my new position, I will be able to get my focus back when it comes to reading. However, since my blog is largely book reviews, I’m worried about running out of posts! Which leads me to my second topic . . .
Plans for Quinn’s Book Nook
Since I haven’t been reading as much, I might find it difficult to post three book reviews a week. I’m okay for the next few weeks, but that’s not a lot of wiggle room. I have a few plans to hopefully help with that.
First, I’m participating in Mini Blog Ahead #1, hosted by Anna at The Herd Presents. The goal of this challenge is to schedule 15 blog posts by the end of the time frame (March 1-March 15). I’m hoping this encourages me put together some other posts that aren’t book reviews. Which leads me to . . .
Second, I’m going to do some podcast reviews here. I have fallen madly in love with podcasts the last year, and I want to talk about them. While they obviously aren’t books, I think that a lot of people would be interested in them.
So that’s what have been going on this year. I’m really hoping things get better.
Have you ever been in a reading funk? What did you do to get out of it?
Do you listen to podcasts? Are you a fan? What are your favorites?