Today’s topic: Reading breaks
I’ll be honest, for some reason I feel a little cynical about this topic. I’m not sure why… I guess because when readers talk about reading breaks it always makes reading sound like this lofty, exclusionary pursuit that only a select few can do “seriously.” (Or seriously enough to need to take a vacation day from it.) While the rest of us are mere mortal hobbyists.
Then there’s the other side of the coin. If reading is a part of your job (or a large part of your schooling), you do it. Just like any other job. If you need to get work done, you get it done. You don’t wait for inspiration or to “feel like it.” Deadlines are deadlines are deadlines.
(Okay, end of rant.)
Do you ever take breaks from reading?
Sure! If I don’t feel like reading or feel like doing something else with my free time more I do that thing. I don’t like wasting my time worrying about how I should be relaxing.
When would you recommend reading breaks to others?
Also sure! Unless not reading is going to cause you to miss turning in your dissertation, fail a class, or miss a deadline, you don’t have to do it. As a book blogger who reads ARCs I know there can be a lot of self-imposed anxiety about meeting review deadlines, but here’s a secret… If you’re not getting paid as a reviewer or if reviewing is not your source of primary income, missing a pubdate doesn’t matter. Publishers give out ARCs for publicity. They want to generate buzz. If you publish your review a few weeks or a month later than you meant to, you’re still helping to generate that buzz.
It’s not the end of the world.
Do you think reading breaks help you to read more in the long run?
Does this even matter? I’d argue that if you’re reading to beat a Goodreads goal or to “out-read” someone you follow on the internet or to prove something to someone else, you’re missing out on what it means to be a “reader.”
If you aren’t reading because you love stories first, maybe you should shave a few dozen books off your goal list, participate in a few less bookclubs and readathons, and find something else you do love to do.
Thoughts on reading breaks? Let me know in the comments or link your own LTB post! Any favorite hobbies you like to indulge in when you don’t feel like reading? Let me know those too!