Reading without obligation

I’ve mostly loved my 2012 reading year. Have there been some not-my-favorite books? Well yes, but that’s not what I’m talking about.

Only two books I’ve read so far were sent by the publisher. (Well, I actually just finished another that arrived unsolicited, but still. Very small number.) And since I was oh-so very choosy, those books weren’t a burden to read or to review.

Of course, I haven’t read all that many books, either. (Current tally: 36. Well shy of the 70s to 90s I’ve averaged the past five years.)

I have read several titles for my personal challenge with Amy — I’m nearly done with that list! — but otherwise I’ve just been reading books from my own shelves, as and when I want to.

And it’s been bliss, I’m here to say. It was actually kind of like my reading was before I started a blog, except that before I started a blog I didn’t have a bookcase full of unread books …

I’ve reviewed very few books, and while I’m OK with that for this past year, overall, as I’ve already said, I miss blogging and hope to get back to talking about the books I read, as I read them.

Have you tried to recapture the way you used to read? Were you successful?


11 responses to “Reading without obligation

  1. I feel like I do so many different things that my attention span for reading is shot. I mostly read books only on the train to and from work, and at home (when not doing other “home things”), I’m either on the computer, writing my own poems, or reading newspapers and magazines. And sometimes I can barely get through the latter!

  2. Sometimes having the structure of the blog has propelled me forward when I’ve felt stuck. My reading has fallen off quite a bit this year, and I miss it. I figured out what the difference is, now I just need to figure out how to remedy it.

  3. Amy @ My Friend Amy

    lol I love how our one year challenge turned into 2 and will be 3 now for me…

    • It’ll be 3 for me, too. I’m not getting to Jane Eyre this year, still haven’t read the Eco or Les Mis. Come to think of it, it might be four for me to get through all of those.

  4. I try to keep my old reading method, but due to what it was (random buys in the bookshop) I can only do so much without quitting blogging. But I’m ok with that because it means I’m balancing both. It is so important to read what you want, even if only sometimes. I can’t imagine only reading review copies, it would make reading a chore in the end.

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  6. I thought Gage was time consuming at 1, but at 2 I have even less reading time! I can’t worry too much about it. One day I’ll get back to my almost 100 books a year, but it won’t be anytime soon 🙂

    • Yeah, I’m not worried about it at all! It is what it is. I’m not sure I’ll ever get back to almost 100 books in a year, though. And I can totally see how they take even more time as they grow, at least for a few years.

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