January and February 2017 Recap – Epic Reading Funk!!

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?

11 Responses to “January and February 2017 Recap – Epic Reading Funk!!”

  1. Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads

    This happens to me too, especially when I’ve got a lot on my plate. I didn’t read much at the end of 2016 because I moved in September and again in December. Our second move was the purchase of our first home, so we did a bunch of renos before we moved in — crazy stress! And then trying to be mostly unpacked and settled in time for the holidays. I honestly fell so out of touch with the habit of reading books that I wondered how I’d pick it back up again, but I did. Once things got a little calmer, and I’d finished unpacking my books, I immediately picked a book back up and it was like I hadn’t even stopped reading. But I totally understand that sometimes it’s hard to shut your brain off when you’ve got a lot of other things going on.

    And regarding your president situation — I feel the same, even from up north. We watch the news with baited breath, just hoping that he doesn’t do something else that’s just ridiculous and backwards. Sending big hugs!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I’m glad to hear I’m not alone with this reading funk. And that it will end and I will be reading like I normally do once things settle. Thanks for the hugs!

  2. JoLee @ Wickedly Delicious Book Blog

    I have been in an up and down reading funk. I just can not find any good series anymore. Goal for this year is to re-read a few of my favorite series I have fallen behind and post reviews. Hope you enjoy your new job and able to get out of your reading funk.

  3. Sophia Rose

    Congrats on the promotion, but I get how even a good thing can be stressful. Reading funks are tough. Usually I end up getting a lot of cleaning and sorting done when I can’t read. LOL And now I have audio books that I’ll listen to as I do other stuff to sort of keep me in the reading game when I don’t have the motivation to pick up a book.

    Wishing your well for Mini Blog Ahead, Quinn! I’m not a podcast person, but I’d be interested in seeing your thoughts on them.

  4. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Yes to podcasts! I’m obsessed with them too. My latest one that I’m loving is Smart Podcast Trashy Books which is from the Smart Bitches Trashy Books People. The weird thing is I’m not a fan of the blog itself but I love the podcast. She’s had a few interviews that were just awesome. I know you weren’t asking for suggestions but I’d love to see more posts like the Historical Romance 101 series you did. You’ve read so wildly in the romance genre that I’m sure there’s tons you’ve read that I’ve missed. I would love to hear more about your time as a children’s librarian. As a parent who has sat through tons of story hours hearing what that’s like from the librarian’s perspective would be awesome and just the other duties. Congratulations on the new job! You’ll do fantastic but I know transition is always a challenge. Hopefully once you settle in you’ll be able to start getting away from your slump a little.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I love, love, love Smart Podcasts Trashy Books! It’s one of my favorites.I actually don’t really follow the blog, either. It’s a bit overwhelming, and I really like connecting to a person on a blog, and I think it’s hard with that blog. But the podcast is amazing!

      I love suggestions! Maybe I will do a blog post on what my day is like as a children’s librarian. I might base it on my old job, but things are so new with my new position.

  5. Lover Of Romance

    Oh It sounds like it has been pretty rough for you….I hate being in reading funks but stress can totally affect that probably why audiobooks are ones I have been relying pretty heavily on since I have been super stressed lately. And part of it is due to politics, its why even though I try to keep informed I am trying to keep my distance because its so depressing and scary too. Hope your new job ends up being great and I love the podcast idea. I don’t listen to them very much, although I use to listen to quite a few spiritual ones. I really should check out the smart and trashy books one though.

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