I haven’t slowed down my reading, but I have felt intense burnout this week from blogging. Is this the beginning of the end of Rebecca Reads?
I certainly hope not. I’ve just started The Classics Circuit, which I’m very excited about. I’m still hosting The Spice of Life Challenge (which I haven’t given much energy to, I’m so sorry to say) and in November I’m to host The Really Old Classics Challenge with Heather J.
Like Amanda said the other day, I too am a compulsive “finisher.” My Google Reader needs to be at zero every night in order for me to feel like I’m finished. But as I’ve added many blogs in the past weeks, I’m finding it impossible to catch up and get to that “finished” state.
This week, I’ve been avoiding Reader because I know there are so many unread posts in it, and because I know that reading your blogs will make me want to read the books. Since I started tracking it a few months ago, I’ve found I add at least 15 books to my TBR each week, while I only read 2 to 4. Reading what I want to read has begun to feel like an uphill, impossible battle.
I started reading some posts (via Google Reader) yesterday. I’ll try to get back to them. I don’t want to mark all as read, because I feel this is a deeper issue: if I can’t keep up, I’m subscribed to too many blogs. I have to find a way to enjoy the process and stay caught up. Marking all as read does not solve the deeper issue. I’m going to experiment with a few different methods in the coming weeks. Maybe I need different folders of favorites so I can mark some as read and others not. Maybe I need to skim more often. The fact is, I love your blogs, I love reading them, and I love getting tons of books on my TBR. But I can’t keep up.
How do you manage your blog reading? When do you find time to read blogs? How many are you subscribed to?
(P.S. If you have a partial feed, change it to a full feed ASAP. I’m about to unsubscribe, it’s driving me nuts. I love you, but I hate your partial feed!! If you don’t know what type of feed you have, subscribe to it yourself to find out.)
I’ve also felt burnout when it comes time to write my reviews. I have a number of reviews waiting, but at night, I’d rather sit down and read rather than sit at the computer and write up reviews. So the blogging has suffered. I’m going to try something new by merging reviews together but I’m not sure how that will work since my reviews border on 1000 words normally! But merging reviews could take me from 5 or 6 posts a week to 3 or 4. That seems more doable in my overwhelmed mind.
When do you find time to write your reviews? How long to you spend writing reviews?
So instead of blogging this week, I went to the zoo with my family (in honor of the birthday boy). I played in the leaves with him. We visited Grandma. It was a great week, I just neglected my blogging friends.
How do you balance your blogging life with real life?
I went on an E.B. White kick this week. Children’s literature was a fun solution to my blogging burnout! I don’t feel I need to write separate reviews for each of those.
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (190 pages; children’s fiction). FINISHED! Began in September. I read this aloud to my son.
- The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White (250 pages; children’s fiction). FINISHED!
- Stuart Little by E.B. White (125 pages; children’s fiction). FINISHED!
- Better by Atul Gawande (about 6 ½ hours audiobook; nonfiction). FINISHED! For the Dewey Decimal Reading Challenge (600s). Very good!
Each week, I list my progress so I can see how my reading compares week to week.
It was a pretty good reading week. I’ve started more than I’ve finished, as usual.
- The Stories of John Cheever (22 of 61 stories, 820 pages total; fiction/short stories). Part of my Pulitzer Challenge. I read one story this week.
- Our Latter-day Hymns: The Stories and Their Messages by Karen Lynn Davidson (75 read of 350/455 pages; nonfiction). I didn’t read any this week.
- Children’s Literature: A Reader’s History from Aesop to Harry Potter by Seth Lerer (230 read of 330 pages; nonfiction). I didn’t read any this week.
- La Casa en Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (10 read of 115 pages; Spanish translation, fiction). For Hispanic Heritage Month. (I will finish it and review it after Oct 15.) I didn’t read any this week.
Old Library Loot
- Classics for Pleasure by Michael Dirda (50-100 skimmed of 324 pages; nonfiction). I picked this up to get ideas for The Classics Circuit. Make sure you submit your own ideas for future tours! I didn’t read any more this week.
- Norton Critical Editions: Oliver Twist (fiction/nonfiction). This edition of Oliver Twist has analysis and criticism at the back of it. I’ve skimmed about 100 pages of criticism and began reading parts of the novel again. My book club is tomorrow night.
- The Great Equations: Breakthroughs in Science from Pythagoras to Heisenberg by Robert P. Crease (190 read of 240; nonfiction). For the Dewey Decimal Reading Challenge (500s). I’m making good progress.
- MacBeth by Shakespeare (play and audiobook). For the RIP IV Challenge.
New Library Loot
I keep getting sidetracked from the books I own with these great library books!
- Proust was a Neuroscientist by Jonas Lehrer (215 pages; nonfiction). For the Science Book Challenge.
- The Secret Life of Wilkie Collins by William Clarke (250 pages; nonfiction/biography). For the Collins Classic Circuit.
- Complications by Atun Gawande (290 pages; nonfiction). The first book of essays (published before Better) by a surgeon.
- The Magic Flute (audio CD; nonfiction). Commentary on the opera, with samples from it.
- Jane Austen: A Biography by Carol Shields (5 CDs about 5 hours; nonfiction/biography). For Martel-Harper Challenge and Everything Austen Challenge.
- Guns Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond (425 pages; nonfiction). I’m going to try again, not audio. (The audio put me to sleep). For the World Citizen Challenge.
Stewart at Booklit shares some thoughts on the Nobel Prize in Literature: it’s not about nationality, it’s about who is good!
I only have two books noted here because, as I said above, I haven’t read many blogs this week. I’ll remedy that this week!
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Lula at 5-Squared. I enjoy Murder on the Orient Express, and while I’m not a huge mystery reader, Lula’s review got me interested in this one.
- The Tenant at Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte. Jason at 5-Squared loved it. I have it on my RIP list but I am not going to get to it in the next two weeks. L