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My reading has been suffering.

Like I've mentioned before I'm in the midst of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad reading slump. I'm slowly pushing myself out of it, but still.

I've been thinking a lot about book reviewing. I do enjoy reviewing books. I do. I like sharing with people the amazing books I've read. I like it when someone comes back and thanks me for recommending a book to them. It makes me feel like I've actually done something useful. But with school starting and all, I started thinking, especially since I'm a Junior (Wha!?), I want to start branching out with my reading more.

I've always been the type of person who could read anything, but I want to round out my reading. I want to step out of the young adult bubble that the whole world seems to be in and read other things. I want to read classics (oh yes! Classics!), more adult books and children books, as well as YA.

But most importantly, I don't want to just review books anymore. I want my reading to make me think about the world. I want to have thought provoking discussions, and I want to learn something from the text in the books I read.

Reviewing is great and all. And I shall probably always continue reviewing, either on here or just on Goodreads or something. But I don't really want to have a book review blog. I have no real interest in authors sending me their work for review (it just sounds stressful, especially in this reading slump), I want to be free in my reading and thinking. Not that book reviewers aren't, I just don't like it when people force books upon me to read within a week. I would simply detest the book by the end, and it wouldn't be good for the author of the book or me.

I'm still playing around with the idea. We'll see what happens. But I'd love to hear what you think of branching out.
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3 comments

  1. Oooo, I have these reading slumps too. They are NO FUN. :( If you're looking for a few books to read...*cough* I have like a whole library I could dump on you. :p and btw, I think seeing some book reviews would be really cool!

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  2. I totally get ya. Sometimes you just need to read books for yourself and not just to review them. At times I catch myself just reading to get books read instead of reading to learn something and to enjoy it. Not a good thing!

    I hope your reading slump ends soon and that you get back in the reading zone! And I hope you enjoy venturing into new kinds of books. The YA bubble is definitely a real thing!

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  3. I think you should do whatever you WANT to do with your blog. And I totally hear you. I love getting books for review and reading them and talking about them...but actual talking, not so much the review, you know? I try to make my reviews really funny, but they still seem to always be my least popular posts anyway. *shrugs* I never get books directly from the authors because it's too stressful if you don't like them. >_<

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