On Books That Bring Your Mojo Back

It’s no surprise that I’ve been in a wicked reading AND blogging slump. I’ve lacked any and all motivation. I was pretty sure this was the end of this here blog. Maybe I was burnt out on reading because I was blogging about it? Maybe I was abandoning the blog because I had moved on from it? Or maybe I wasn’t reading the right books? Maybe I was just in a slump? Maybe I was just never really cut out for this book blogging thing anyways? I was all ready to close shop here.

But then…

I read a book. A  book that I’ll be reviewing tomorrow. A book that made me remember WHY I started this blog in the first place and ignited those feelings of wanting to write about this book furiously so that EVERYONE would go read it. I love that feeling. Lately writing a review has been more of a chore…so I just haven’t done it. Because, let’s face it, I do a lot of things I HAVE to do  and don’t want to..so I wasn’t about to make this become like that. BUT THIS BOOK…it moved me in such a way that writing a review just seems natural because I WANT to talk about it. I want to sing the deserved praises for this book. Maybe I just wasn’t reading  books that compelled me to do that lately? Either way, I’m really thankful for this book and how it brought my reading/blogging mojo back.

Will I stay around for a little while longer here? That’s yet to be determined. But as long as I’m reading books that compel me to talk and write about them (whether or not I like them or not)…I’ll be here.

What books have gotten you out of a slump recently? Do YOU find yourself getting into slumps because you read so much…or is it just me?

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Jamie is a 30 year old married lady who is in denial that she's actually that old. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, listening to music with oversized headphones and having adventures with her husband and dog.

Comments

  1. As the Crowe Flies and Reads says:

    Can't wait to read what your savior was…guess I'll have to tune in tomorrow to find out!

    Book slumps are hard to beat. I've had a few minor ones this year and the only way I've beat them was by reading something radically different from the last book I loved (kind of like a palate cleanser, but also to diffuse expectations and comparisons), or to indulge in reading Harry Potter fanfiction.

    Hope you do continue your blog!

  2. Tanya Patrice says:

    I'm glad you'll be sticking around a little while longer since I recently found your blog 🙂 But I totally understand about blogging slump and not doing something you're not feeling anymore – I'm going through it now on my other, older blog.

  3. Sam (Tiny Library) says:

    I go through cycles like this with my blog, especially as blogging has changed my reading habits and sometimes I resent that a bit and miss reading being just a hobby. But the interaction with other book bloggers makes it worthwhile for me.

    Can't wait to see what book got you out of your slump!

  4. Don't leave! Your blog is one of my favorite things each day when work seems loonnng!
    Yes, if I am not reading anything that grabs me, or if I built something up so much that it doesn't live up to my expectations (sequel to Matched…been reading for a month now, just can't get through it.) I get hesitant to start something else and give up, but I just see the book sitting there and can't pick it up!! I'm sure your review tomorrow will help me pick something else to get me started again!

  5. Blogging slumps and reading slumps – I know what that's like. I all but abandoned my blog for a month or so last summer, presumably because I didn't find any book or topic particularly worthy of reading or blogging. But, like you, I found a book that pulled me out of my slump!

    I'm glad you encountered a book that made you want to blog about it and I hope you stay around for a long, long time to come 🙂

  6. Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) says:

    I don't really think I get in reading/blogging slumps (yet anyway) because it is totally my means of escape in my crazy world and I still love it so much and it's almost like therapy for me. I do, however, get really bummed out when people aren't very interactive with me, which almost makes me feel like I WANT to go into a slump or quit….like nobody really takes the time to read what I have to say or whatever. But it isn't really because of what I'm reading or doing on my own. I know the dreaded slump will come eventually, I think it does for everyone, but it hasn't for me. Whenever my feelings/thoughts trend that way, it is totally related to people not being responsive…and I guess lately people have been less responsive than ever. So maybe if I were going to be in a slump, this would be the closest thing to it, although I still don't think it is a real slump. Just stupid sadness.

    Gah, I'm rambling. Love ya, Jamie. Glad you found a good book!

  7. Burgandy Ice says:

    Well, yea. Any time I feel like I "have to" do anything, I suddenly don't want to. I've found a bunch of Challenges I'd like to participate in, but I'm nervous 'cause of exactly what you're saying… how horrible to kill my mojo over some challenges?! So, I'm entering as "ideas" only, no pressure to follow thru – hopefully that helps, 'cause I do want to see if I can be that organized. If. Lol. And if I start a book I don't wanna finish, FINE!! Movin' on. And if I want to buy a book on impulse even tho it's not "next"… Okidoki!! Meanwhile, blogging is "playing" and on stolen time.

    Tell you what I'm struggling with suddenly – writing!! Probably b/c I have permission to do it as "work"!! I should psych myself into thinking I "ought to" be doing something else, and that story will just spill out. Weird.

    Thx for sharing!!!!! Can't wait for that review!! 🙂

  8. Oh, slumps. I went through a reading slump earlier in the year and it wasn't until very recently that I started taking my blog seriously. I found that rereading my favorites without thinking about what I can take from them for a review helps a lot.
    I hope you're not going to leave anytime soon since I really love your blog. But it's completely understandable to feel the need to take a break. I'm glad you found the right book to pull you back in 🙂

  9. I'm totally in a reading slump right now! I've been sewing and crafting and holiday-ing all over the place these days, and sitting down with a book just hasn't been on the top of my list of things to do. I actually changed around my blog a little to incorporate more of my sewing and cooking and crafting — my blog has evolved quite a bit in the past month or so from being a mostly-book-blog. I do hope you stick around — I like reading your reviews! 🙂

  10. My Summer Girl says:

    That happens to me all the time! (Sometimes even when I do read a good book.) I will work so hard on getting the memes done on time and well, or announcements out or something else that is technically "blogging" but not reviewing. It always makes me feel so guilty that I don't just bang out reviews all the time because I'm not reading because I'm trying to keep up with all the posting. I think it happens to all book bloggers or even regular readers. When slumps happen you just have to ride them out, no matter how frustrating or limiting they feel. It makes it all the more different when you pick back up reading because you want to, for your own enjoyment, on your own time. 🙂 I'm so glad you came back. I'm a new follower, but I love all your posts. It would have been really sad if you stopped. Keep up blogging and reading how you want. 🙂

  11. Lu @ Regular Rumination says:

    I'm excited to see which book blew your mind! I know exactly what you mean by finding a book that brings your mojo back. I haven't loved everything I've been reading, so I'm in the same boat.

  12. tediousandbrief says:

    My slumps are usually pretty long and I'm still in one. The one that I remember getting me out of one was Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep, which I still love (despite most people seeming to dislike that one for some reason.)

  13. Audrey (Bibliosaurus Text) says:

    I've been in kind of a rut because of life feeling too hectic and being too stressed about money. It makes it really hard to sit down and review when I know there are dozens of chores and such I should be doing. Plus, I get where it seems like every book I read is the same. I'm trying to get back into making this fun for myself, now that I'm on vacation!

  14. Kimberley@sunnykimmylovinglife says:

    Do tell… Which book was it, which book was it?!*jumping up and down :).

    And yes if you were in a reading slump it was probably because you weren't reading the right books or you didn't feel like reading. It's kind of a vicious cycle, because if you don't feel like reading and you read a really good book, it'll draw you in anyway. But if you read a book that' would be just OK or a little better than OK on a good day then it'll be worse on a bad reading day.

    And yes, I was in a reading slump a little while ago. The Dark Divine got me out of mine. Love that series.

  15. theliteraryshack says:

    I must say I have hit a slump and it's because of nothing but the voracious reading and continuous writing routines. I'm trying to get back on track with some Austen and Hemingway. I feel these are powerful writers who can cheer you up and pump up the energies anyday 🙂

  16. andreamantis says:

    I know exactly what you're talking about. I just went through a reading slump myself. But I would say that, with so many things in life, we are forced to do things that we don't want to do, and when we have a choice, we should do what will make us the most happy. Reading obviously makes you happy, but there are sure to be other things that need to move to the forefront from time to time. I would love to see you continue your blog, especially since I am a new follower, but I'm sure everyone will understand if you decide to take a hiatus, or move on to other things entirely. Good luck in whatever you choose!

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