What a rut!

I’m not sure why, but I’m in a major blogging and reading rut, friends.  Usually when I’m at home I can’t wait to start reading and relaxing after a long day.  Or I’m looking forward to writing my next review.  But recently I haven’t been interested in doing either.

This month I’ve been wanting to read more back list titles since there are so many worth reading.  I loved Jessica Brody’s 52 Reasons to Hate My Father and my students are big fans as well, which is why I bought her older book My Life Undecided.  It’s cute, but I’m not excited to pick it up during SSR or when I get home from work.  Is it the book or is it me?  I hate to put it down because I think it’s me.

Have any of you gone through this before?  Which book(s) brought you out of your rut?  Which back list titles should I try to escape this rut?  Should I break my “challenge” and read Just One Day?  It’s sitting in a stack of books on my coffee table, and it’s staring at me.  Or maybe I should try The Lonely Hearts ClubGoing Underground sounds pretty good as well.  I just don’t know what to do!

If you’ve been in a similar situation before, I’d love some book recommendations that you think will wake me up.  Maybe even some blog ideas to spark my blogging rut as well.

I’m looking forward to your recommendations! 🙂


  1. The great thing about a reading rut is it gives me new insight into my non-reading students: the page-flippers, the uncommitteds, those kids who spend more time scanning the shelves than the page. With my students, I try to find the reason for the rut and offer solutions. When I look at my own reading patterns I find that my ruts usually happen when I start thinking about what I *should* be reading, when I’ve finished a book I love and don’t want to move on, or when I’ve been disappointed by a book I didn’t enjoy. My remedy is to set a pages-per-day goal. Enough that I have to challenge myself a little to complete it. This takes away the pressure of what to read and helps me get far enough into a story that my own natural reading rhythms return. Happy Reading!

  2. I know that feeling, and I hate when it happens to me! Sometimes I’m just not feeling about my current read, and rather than force myself to keep going, I’ll put it down and start a book that I’m excited about. Some books that got me out of recent ruts: Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan and Shadowlands by Kate Brian.

    Other times I find myself in a rut because I try to ‘plan’ my reading too much, deciding the order in which I’m going to read a whole bunch of books, and then I inevitably lost interest in reading that way. I’ve learned not to plan too far ahead with my reading list!

  3. I’ve been there too, Sarah! First, let me say that if you’re feeling like your blogging is in a rut I can’t see it as a reader. You always manage to put out great posts!

    As for the reading rut, I think I fall into it because reading becomes part of the job, rather than a thing I do for pleasure. I pick up a book because I need to read it–I suppose students must feel this way, too. What I’ve discovered works for me is to go back to my box of old favorites and immerse myself in a book I know I’ll love without any expectations or sense of “work.” (In December I reread The Thornbirds!) Somehow, this seems to clear my head. Good luck and just know that these ruts do come–and then they go. 🙂

  4. My rut isn’t so much with the reading as it is with the blogging. I have so many books stacked up waiting for me to review, but I never sit down to do it. I know part of the problem is all the extra work being thrown at teachers (especially math and language arts) this year. I am simply on overload. I’m trying to write shorter review and include more book trailers to get me through.

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