I’ve been trying to catch up on my reading while I await my own edits.
I’d say reading for fun is one of the things I miss most about being a writer – partially because of time constraints, but also because I have a hard time shutting down the “editor” side of my brain.
It seems to take a lot more for me these days to lose myself in the voice of a book (although I still have a list of “must buy” authors that I can fall into without issue. Could be the mental mountain disappears simply because I choose NOT to look at their writing with such a critical eye – because I trust them to deliver.)
It used to be I’d finish every book I started – good or bad. Now, if a story doesn’t grip me quick enough, I let it slide away. I can’t tell if it’s a sense of overall jadedness or simply that I’m too exhausted most of the time to be interested.
I’m less forgiving, overall and that makes me a bit sad.
(Not that it stops me from buying books. The TBR list on my Kindle grows every week…but I despair of ever getting to most of them.)
As a writer, I don’t think it’s particularly healthy to not be reading, but it shouldn’t be a chore either. But I’m going to try to slip in at least a book a week from here on out.
That being said, I’m open to suggestions – anyone got a current fave they’re loving right now? (I’m looking for more Fantasy/Sci-Fi type of things than anything else…) 🙂