Yep, it’s me, Stephanie, the book blogger who fell off the reading / blogging wagon the last few months. Each Sunday that has gone by I’ve contemplated writing a post on this old blog, but other things have always distracted me. It didn’t help that I had little to write about. Yes, reader, I became (for the most part) a non-reader these past months. I can hear the audible gasps over the computer screen from all of you die hard bibliophiles. It all started in the fall after reading The Night Circus. It was one of those books in which I enjoyed so much, that I knew the next book I would pick up wouldn’t compare, and I was right. I must have started and stopped four or five books after the wonder of The Night Circus and slowly, like Jonathan Gourlay (the author of In the Land of the Non-Reader) I fell off the reading band wagon.
After a week of non-reading, I said to myself that I was busy. So busy. Too busy, really, to start a new book. After three weeks of non-reading, my brain felt a bit numb. I told myself that I was working so hard that I couldn’t engage with a book. I fell, instead, into a steady diet of Netlix, Hulu, Skyrim, and the NFL. Like an addict in the early stages of recovery, I felt a euphoric at being released from the bitter yoke of my addiction. As a non-reader I felt free to happily non-think all day.
Just like Mr. Gourlay, I spent my free time in front of the tube instead of deep in a good book. I discovered some great television, like AMC’s The Walking Dead and ABC’s The Middle. I re-watched the first season of Downton Abbey in anticipation of season two on PBS. When I wasn’t not-reading or watching new shows, I was spending time with my kids during the holidays, traveled for a long weekend getaway up to Maine, bought a piano and wrote. Wrote a story that has been floating in my head for over a year and now, over 10,000 words later, is sitting on my laptop waiting for more. Will this turn into a manuscript? Only time will tell. I’ve also been trying to come up with some ideas for small home businesses, since my youngest will be heading to Kindergarten in September and it would be really nice to make a little money without having to work full-time outside of the house. I think I’ve got a great idea running around in my head, one that my book blogging friends would really like, and will let you all know when it comes to fruition.
This isn’t to say that I gave up on reading totally. I did squeeze in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (which I loved) and went to see the movie with my girlfriend. It’s one of the few movie versions that lived up to the book. I read Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and remembered why I find her such a remarkable woman. And now that the busy holiday season has ended, I’m starting to get my reading groove back. I’m currently in the middle of the ultra-creepy The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian and am already planning which book to download to my Nook next. Am I back to blogging again? I’m not quite sure. I miss being involved with the book blogging community (and so appreciate all the e-mails / comments from my blogging friends I’ve received in my absence). I guess I just need to see where 2012 is going to lead me, personally and professionally, before deciding if I’ll be back to the blogging pace I’ve kept up over the past five years. In the meantime, I’ll be checking up with all of you on GoodReads, Facebook and Twitter. Thanks again for checking in with me guys and “Happy Reading!”