I was that kid who read EVERY DAY...every day growing up. I still read almost every day.
Reading is how I've always relaxed...hence the name of my blog, LOL.
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And yet, with all of my professional reading responsibilities now - professionally reviewing for three national magazines, reading to consider books for our library's fourth and fifth grade book club, reading to be able to provide excellent reader's advisory to all my tween and teen library patrons, and finally reading books to consider for the seventh and eighth grade book award committee that I'm co-chairing this year - I'm starting to feel a little reader's burnout.
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Every time I put down a book, there are three more waiting to be read and I have no choice any more, really, about what I'm reading. When a new book or sequel to something comes out that I'm just dying to read, I actually feel guilty if I squeeze in four hours to read it on a weekend.
Reading is not as fun as it used to be...and I miss that. I miss it a lot.
While there's not too much I can do about things at the moment, I think in the new year I'm going to make some changes. I think I'm going to be cutting back on some of my reading responsibilities so that I can just re-embrace the joy I used to find in reading. I want to be able to happily peruse the library shelves and just pick up a book that catches my eye and read it that very day. I want to be able to put a hold on a book and not panic when it actually comes in and I have no time to read it.
I want to READ TO RELAX.
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If you have any commiserations or suggestions for dealing with reader's burnout, let me know! This is the first time in my life that I've ever felt like reading isn't really that fun anymore...