Book Talk: Why I Haven’t Read Much in 2017

As you can see above, the subtitle of this blog says “book and travel”. Supposedly I talk about books here most of the time, right? Reviewing the last book I read, analyzing characters, or discussing a favorite author. But it hasn’t been like that this year.

I’m very much aware that I don’t blog often. When I started this blog, I imagined it to be a regular thing where I could write about my favorite books and movies. Stepping into the third year of writing on this site, it never came to fruition. Sometimes I find a justification in my job where I’m constantly writing, that coming up with ideas for a blog post feels laborious. But lately, it’s also because I haven’t been reading a lot.

This is definitely a drastic change, seeing that I’ve just read 6 books so far this year! I just checked my Goodreads to see how many books I’ve tackled. Wow, 6 books… (didn’t think about the number at all, and now it’s hitting me). WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU, LIA. When did it go wrong?

I suppose it’s because I’ve been watching a lot of TV shows this year.  But it’s not the only reason, though. Let’s list down the things I’m putting the blame on.

1. 2017 TV shows

I’ve watched so many shows compared to last year! It started with Legion, then followed by The Handmaid’s Tale (really good!), RiverdaleGame of Thrones (more reunions!!!), The GiftedThe FlashMr. Robot (episode 3×06 was astonishing), and Stranger Things 2 (watched it twice already!!!). Clearly, I’m on a roll. Now that I’m following these shows, how can I stop unless they’re cancelled (except for GoT because it’s ending soon)?

2. Work

I don’t want to sound whiny because I do love my job (a rare case!). I’m currently working at a creative agency as a copy/content writer and after hours summoning ideas, reading often looks like a struggle. It is strange to describe; I read English books and since English is not my native language, it requires another effort to process the words. And most of the time, I can’t be bothered. And when the weekend arrives, I just want to relax. This also relates to why I prefer watching TV shows lately because my brain doesn’t work as much thanks to the visuals and dialogues.

3. Uninteresting stories

This year, I don’t think I have come across a new, intriguing story yet. At least for me. I used to get worked up for dystopian stories like The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner, but perhaps the formula has been used too many times now that there is no book stands out like that again. I read Red Queen a couple months ago, and while I quite liked it, the concept felt too familiar with the story in Panem; a girl chosen to bring a difference to their lives.

I also miss reading books that blow my mind such as The Book Thief or 1984 (regardless of how difficult it was to finish it). I just haven’t found that kind of story again. Or you can say that I’m too lazy to look for it.

4. Internet

I googled to find whether people are experiencing the same thing as me and wondered what are their reasons. Some of the answers on Quora (go to this link if you’re interested to read further) suggest that the internet is one of the culprits. And I totally agree with that. I mean, I constantly check my social media. I can’t write this blog post without grabbing my phone every 5 minutes and see what’s the world up to. Yes, there are moments where I can ignore it much longer (e.g. when I’m hanging out with friends), reading seems to be more tedious compared to the World Wide Web… which is so, so sad.

That said, I still very much enjoy going to bookstores. The sight of books still makes me happy! I just need to find my love for reading back. And honestly, not reading as much probably has slowed down my brain… I think I’ve been having brain fog lately, and it is quite daunting, to be able to notice the difference.

I really need to get back into reading real books, not just articles on the internet.

What about you? Have you fallen out of love with reading lately? What do you do to change that?

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