Reading Doldrums, reading rotation a new Horizons

I sat the last few days and tried to think why My reading has felt flat for a good while. I have at times acted passionate about books but in my heart of hearts, the passion isn’t there as it once was. I  have talked about reading for me is like my own yacht (well boat) and I have for many years sailed the translated sea of books but maybe I have reached the Doldrums as a reader that part where wind and currents have dropped and you are just there as a reader adrift and that has been me. I first felt it earlier in the year I had an idea for a project for the forthcoming translation of Solenoid but never really got started with it, not sure why I tried to read another Cartaescu book already out and this was just about the time I went of work with stress so I never finished it and then with this year shadow booker I was going through the motions the passion I had felt for doing this had gone and that was sad as it was a jolly good longlist the best for a long time. But I have sat and tried to kick start my reading of translation but then I have come to the conclusion I need a reading rotations and to broaden my scope of reading my reading is a fallow field overworked on the same crop of translation for year and years. This has also come as I have discovered book tube and the tubers I like people like Lonesome reader, Bob the bookerer tend to read a wider breadth of books. I then start to think about crop rotation and then compared this to my reading I always say, I’d  Like to try other books and for years haven’t I tried new projects but all with a hint book in translation or world lit and I am someone that isn’t great at following plans I just get too distracted by other things. I mentioned I want to read some more nature writing so I have looked at books on the Wainwright prize lists the big prize for nature writing and have ordered some of them from the library just to try and kickstart some joy in books. I have read a lot of books this year but for me, I read a lot it is like a reflex to just read but I have missed feeling passionate and I am someone that loves buzz books, books I connect with and maybe I have had a run this year of books that I haven’t connected that have made me buzz as a reader I can think of the books I have reviewed on here that there is maybe five of the forty-plus books that I have read I have really connected with and rather than carry on I need to rota my reading. I will be reading fewer books in translation for the time being this means I may only slightly contribute to Spanish and Portuguese. this year I feel I will broaden my reading for the rest of the year nature writing, English classic, historical fiction, some new fiction from the Uk and America, memoir and biographies. I love taking apart myself as a reader I am like a clockmaker my reading clock has been overwound I have sent it to the mender he has loses the spring cleaned the working and polished the reading clock. So hang on I am just about to do some night shifts and won’t be back to Weds or Thurs next week with a review. Do you look out for yourself as a reader ? have you burnt a genre out.I started the post with a picture of Oldway which I brought a while ago in hindsight this was maybe me starting to think of other books to read and then from the library today after I had paid my fine I am always bring books back late so bad at renewing or getting back so fine paid and I picked these three books up

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Jun 24, 2022 @ 13:22:58

    I think you really need to follow your heart, Stu – I’m a great believer in variety in reading and I’ve burnt out when I’ve stuck to one kind of book in the past. Read widely and read what you want to!!


  2. roughghosts
    Jun 24, 2022 @ 23:47:25

    I can relate to the doldrums, Stu. This past month I have felt burdened by a few books I agreed to review. One is still weighing me down. So I ended up with too many things on the go which feels even worse! I think my broken leg and my inability to get out every day for a long walk or run added to growing depression. I decided mid-month to read a few things outside my normal literary/translated vein which has helped change things up a bit.


    • winstonsdad
      Jun 24, 2022 @ 23:49:52

      I pleased I get sent less books part reason I want change is that I have less books than I once did hope leg is improving I think I will get back to translation at some point probably sooner than I think just a break I may read the books I have ordered then see


  3. Lisa Hill
    Jun 25, 2022 @ 01:18:18

    Everything that others have already said, but also, Stu… do you know you have a magical way with metaphor?
    “In the Doldrums as a reader — that part where wind and currents have dropped and you are just there as a reader adrift.”
    “I love taking apart myself as a reader. I am like a clockmaker: my reading clock has been overwound. I have sent it to the mender. He has loosened the spring, cleaned the working and polished the reading clock.”
    Brilliant, just brilliant!


  4. MarinaSofia
    Jun 25, 2022 @ 10:48:09

    Like Lisa, I loved your turn of phrase, especially the taking yourself apart as a reader and putting yourself back together again. I can relate to what you say: I too got very fed up with just one genre (was reading mostly crime for a long time), so I now alternate between countries, genres, light, more serious and so on. Above all, as you say, I try not to feel an obligation to review something, as it kills the joy of reading.


  5. Annabel (AnnaBookBel)
    Jun 25, 2022 @ 17:15:07

    I love your analogy with the overwound clock. For me it’s all in the mix – I try to make each read different from the last and that helps keep me fresh. I hope you enjoy your different reading avenues this summer.


  6. 1streading
    Jun 25, 2022 @ 18:43:14

    Yes, I think we all feel like that at times. You don’t want to feel like reading is hard work. You’re doing exactly the right thing – making a change. I’m sure you will get your enthusiasm back!


  7. Jane
    Jun 27, 2022 @ 15:44:19

    We are living in a golden age of nature writing at the moment aren’t we and I’ve hardly begun but then I keep telling myself that it’s for pleasure. I empathise with you for being in the reading doldrums, I’m sure a change of bookish scenery will do the trick. Thank you for a lovely post.


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