The Pressures of Reading

I am a reader. I always have been and always will be. The amount I read and the types of books I read will fluctuate from time to time, but I have always loved story and characters and worlds. I love to be able to jump from place to place and revisit a million times over because that’s what a reader does.

But when it comes to reading and blogging about reading, the pressure seems to intensify.

Now I’m not saying that I don’t enjoy what I do by any means – I love my book blog to pieces and the book community as a whole – but sometimes I feel overwhelmed or pressured because I’m not producing more reviews lately.

I know what you’re thinking: “Just do you! There’s no pressure! Life happens!” And yes, that’s true, but the thing is is that I feel like I need to get reviews out to you guys because, well, I want to.

There’s so many great books out there and there’s so many wonderful authors – and there’s bad ones, too. I want to share my opinions with everyone. That’s kind of why I joined this community in the first place.

And it’s not that I feel like if I don’t get in a certain amount of reviews in a month that you’ll all leave me or abandon me or whatever, but I feel I owe it to you awesome people to share with you my thoughts on books.

If you saw my August wrap-up you’ll know that I started a crap ton of books. Did I finish them? No, not quite. Am I working on it? Yeah, in time. Some books take precedence over others just purely based on my excitement level for said books. I just feel like I’m letting myself down by not getting more reviews out.

I know everyone runs their blogs in different ways and on a different schedule. Some do reviews multiple times a week (and I applaud you for that) while some do reviews once or twice a month (and again, I applaud you).

I think part of the problem was that I was doing so well the first half of the year, reading books left and right and producing content for you all, whereas this summer has been draining me and my enjoyment of reading.

It can be tough to feel like you’re under pressure from reading and all of that, to just give your audience something that they can hold onto. I’ve been feeling that lately and it kind of sucks.

Maybe I need to take a step back and just relax a little bit. But reading is just one of those things that I love and don’t want to stop. Yes, I do take breaks here and there, but I just want to keep going! There’s so many great stories to find out there, and even if I feel pressured or down, I want to be able to find those stories and share my thoughts with you all about them.

So here’s my question for you all, especially you book reviewers: do you ever feel the pressure to read and produce content at a high pace, or do you just go about it in your own way and not let the pressure get to you? And if you have any suggestions on scheduling, reading methods, or anything of that nature, please let me know.

5 thoughts on “The Pressures of Reading

  1. I think you are running your blog really well, you have a good mix of reviews and bookish chat. I think I would like to start more bookish chat on my blog too, as it seems a good way to interact with other bloggers. I only seem to feel the pressure when I have a lot of books that I have agreed to review and then there are so many that the I have a huge backlog and Authors are left waiting. When I start to feel like this (now), I turn down any more offers until I am a bit more caught up. I try not to feel pressured though, because it takes away the enjoyment. We are doing the Authors the favours, so if they need to wait, they need to wait, and they usually do.
    I love your blog, you have great chat and interaction, so you don’t need to feel pressured, just keep enjoying.


    • Thanks Amanda. ❤ I can get that, because I've been sent several review requests and I've been turning them down simply because I have enough on my shelves right now and I can't think of more so I had to change my policy to being closed for now.

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  2. I think it’s hard to separate the self-imposed stress from the community-imposed stress–especially when you get into the tangle that a lot of it can be mixed together. I feel less pressure to read, I find, and more pressure to post, to keep going on my blog, because I don’t want to stop (as I mentioned in my post).

    I’ve been thinking about this kind of pressure a lot, and I might do a post on it myself, but thank you for the discussion! I find that binging of any sort can lead to feeling drained for a period afterward–NaNoWriMo is exhausting because binge-writing, and readathons can be exhausting because binge-reading. What you did at the beginning of the year was spread out over a longer period of time, but I think it’s still relevant. Give yourself a break if you’re not feeling great. Release that pressure. You’ll be fine!

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