I read - and really enjoyed - my Booker readathon, well interspersed as it was with sorbet reads. I then stopped for a while and I took a couple of weeks off work, when I'd usually snuggle down on the sofa and binge read.
But, this time, I had a plan for my weeks off, which was to do some research and to write a talk and to prepare a workshop. I read a few chapters of the first book in my research, downloaded some exercises for the workshop but then I bunked off and did nothing useful at all.
I browsed more Christmas magazines than you could shake a stick at and I perused gift catalogues with the same level of determination, but otherwise I just mooched around, slept in, hid from my responsibilities and felt so much better at the end of the two weeks than at the beginning, you'd almost think I'd been on a Spa break.
So, what happened? Yes, I was run down and yes, I was weary beyond belief and yes, I needed to fill my emotional tank. But I usually do these things by incorporating lots of reading into my downtime ... and this time, I plain didn't want to. Just the thought of picking up a book drove me to browsing my ever-growing collection of unwatched DVDs. There I happened upon "Anne of Green Gables" and all its follow-ups - which I binge watched, back-to-back. There's no doubting that it proved to be an absolute tonic and whilst I cannot possibly know for certain what decision I'd have made if the books were on my shelves too, somehow I think I just wanted the easy intake of hearing the story, with all the beautiful visuals as an added bonus.
I've been back at work for just over a week and already I'm feeling blah. Those two weeks bought me just a few days of positivity and enthusiasm. My book club read this month is "I am Malala" and I have struggled to dredge up any enthusiasm for it at all. We meet to discuss it tomorrow and here I am writing this post rather than reading it. Things are clearly not right in Bunny book world ...
I think it could be time to bring out the big guns. I may need to resort to reading Harry Potter from start to finish ...
Do you ever get in a reading funk? If so, how do you get yourself out of it?