Friday, 4 October 2013

Coffee Break: Is There an Echo in Here?

So it's been a while. Oh alright, it's been a very long while. Won't lie. I fell out of love with reading and reviewing for the longest time. It was depressing and ugly. I'd never gone so long without picking up a book. I'd look at my shelves of unread books with such longing. I'd even pick one up and think, 'Now is the time. I'm ready to read again.' Then I'd read the first sentence and slam that book shut. Even my favourite authors, that always have me racing through their books, couldn't help.

I did the only thing I could think of. I stopped fighting it. I knew what set off this reading funk, and I thought I would get over it fairly quickly. I didn't. So my inner bookworm drifted aimlessly whilst I got on with other stuff.

Then I got back into reading towards the end of last year. For two weeks. I was so happy.

It was a false start.

I started writing reviews of the 12 books I'd read in those two weeks, thinking it would perk me up to continue reading and discussing these fabulous books. Not so. I'd do what I did with the book. Write one sentence and slam my laptop shut.

Then an amazing thing happened earlier this year, which is going on my personal blog, and I won a competition to have my writing mentored by a published author for the year. I know! It really spurred me into action to finishing all my novels that I've started. Naturally, the need to read came with it. I like to read my favourite authors as I write, see how they handle scenes, what I can learn from it, how much showing and telling I should be doing, and the like. Maybe some of their amazingness would rub off. I live in hope.

First it was a chapter or two of a couple of books. I'd resist the urge to close the book and give the book another chapter. Slowly but surely, I wanted to read the rest. Then I was racing through the novels.

Don't get me wrong, there were still fits and starts, only the gaps between books were getting smaller, so I didn't race to start writing my thoughts on them yet. I stuck with discussing them with my mum. Finally I wanted to broaden who I discussed the books with. I wanted peoples thoughts on scenes and to shout out to the world what I thought about them. Finally, I started to write reviews again.

However, I couldn't bring myself to start up this blog again. I left the cobwebs where they were and wanted to see how it played out first. It could have been another false start. Instead, I started up the previously mentioned personal blog to get myself posting regularly. Naturally, that was in fits and starts too. Still is a bit. But I'm ready.

I've missed you all and I can't wait to catch up with everything again.

Here's to many book related discussions and crafty posts!

To the reviews...