I’m sure lots of people are like this, but I go through reading spurts and slumps — even if I give off the impression that I don’t. If you’ve noticed my book count on the sidebar (11 so far since Jan 1st; 3 last week alone) or you get my Goodreads updates, it might seem like I’m going to surpass my 50-book goal way before the end of the year.
Really I’m just giving myself leeway for the months I know I’ll be slacking.
For example, next month I’m going to be reading roughly six manuscripts from other writers. Since they’re novel-length manuscripts, I doubt I’ll be fitting in much other reading. (Except of course Megan Whalen Turner’s Conspiracy of Kings, which comes out March 23rd; I will be reading that book the moment I get it in my hands.)
In the summer, my reasons for slacking are far less legitimate, though. I feel like quoting that line from Bingley in the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice when Lizzy asks him about the library at Netherfield: “Fills me with guilt. Prefer being out of doors. Not that you can’t read out of doors, of course.”
And Jane answers, “I wish I read more, but there always seems to be so many other things to do.”
Sometimes I bring books with me outside, but often I just want to enjoy the sunshine. Or water my plants. Or watch the plants grow. (Not even kidding.)
So fear not: my current overdose on novels is me storing up for the sunny months ahead. I’ll still be lucky to hit 50 by the end of the year, as per my new year’s resolutions.
What are your reading habits like? Are you consistent throughout the year or do you find yourself more likely to curl up with a book in some seasons over others, rainy days instead of sunny, etc? How many books do you read in an average month or year?