Please forgive the randomness of this post but after not posting for weeks I figured you deserved at least some explanation as to why.
Since the beginning of the year I’ve felt like I was one bad book or one distraction away from slipping into an epic book slump and, until recently, I was able to fend it off but in the end it got the better of me…and I blame Melinda for at least part of it, lol!
The main reason for my sudden inability to focus on reading or anything book related is that last year I started working in a bookstore and while I absolutely love my job, it has taken some of the fun out of talking about books all the time. I assume most people don’t want to talk or think about work when they’re not there and that makes perfect sense. The problem is, when I’m “not thinking about work” that means I’m also not thinking about books which poses a problem since books are one of my favorite things. Couple that with the fact that I’m continually surrounded by new books I’ve found that I’m increasingly distracted by new titles and it’s pushing my indecisiveness over choosing a next read to ridiculous levels. I’ve never been a person to start and stop books and bounce around from title to title never finishing a read but suddenly that’s where I find myself. Heck, if you look at my currently reading shelf on Goodreads I have a dozen active titles–that has NEVER happened before.
Compounding this problem (and where Melinda comes in) is the fact that I’ve recently become (extremely late to the game) addicted to Hamilton the Musical. I know that the rest of the world has been there for quite some time, but I was planning to holding out until I saw the show–so much for that plan. So basically I’ve had the soundtrack on non-stop for the last few weeks and have started half-reading a pile of American history books.
My point? Instead of reading and blogging as I should be, I’m buried in a pile of books I’ve recently acquired but can’t focus on long enough to finish and am listening to a soundtrack everyone else has already memorized the words to and when I do try to read a book, I only make it a few chapters before I get distracted by another title. This is the reason I’ve been slacking so horribly in my blog posts and book reviews. But if anyone wants a good laugh–here’s a list of all the books I’ve either added to my Kindle or have joined the pile on my coffee table this month. They all sound wonderful…too bad I’ve only managed to finish two of them.
The Bear and the Nightingale
The Bone Witch
The Orphans Tale
A Piece of the World
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
Secrets in Death
How to Find Love in a Bookshop
A Darker Shade of Magic
Sherlock Holmes Collection
Founding Myths, Stories that Hide our Patriotic Past
Founding Fathers The Fight for Freedom and the Birth of American Liberty
Hamilton the Illustrated Biography
Hamilton: The Revolution
The Hamilton Affair
Ladies of Liberty
Alexander Hamilton: Writings
And I’m not even going to mention how I can’t knit and read at the same time *sigh*
March 30, 2017 at 8:23 am
You’ve got to start listening to audio books. Those non-fiction books will go a lot faster….and draw you in more…when you listen to them. And just to add one more book to your list, before you get all caught up in how wonderful Hamilton was, be sure to check out Fallen Founders. I found it MUCH more compelling than Ron Chernow’s Hamilton! Get Burr’s side!
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March 30, 2017 at 8:27 am
I can’t listen to audiobooks and music at the same time lol! But seriously, when I’m not in a stupid book slump I do listen to audiobooks…my Audible TBR list is pretty insane too now that I think about it *hides*