How One Book Dragged Me Out of a 6 Month Long Reading Slump and Blogging Hiatus

Hey everyone… Guess what? I’m not dead!

To fill those of you in who forgot this blog existed, six long months ago I (unintentionally, I prefer to think) quit using any form of social media, stopped reading, and basically abandoned my blog. Yup, you read that correctly– I haven’t read a single novel or typed a single word on this blog for over six months. Nor did I inform anyone about it. So, I guess you could say I took an unexpected six month-long hiatus… yay me!

I don’t think there’s an exact reason for why I’ve been gone so long, but I’m comfortable saying that I think my mental health just needed a break from blogging… A longgggg break, apparently. 2019 has been a wild year, not necessarily in a good way, and I think that back in May, when I slowly started disappearing from the online world, it was simply because blogging was too much to handle at the moment. And, in a way, it still kind of is. I don’t think I’ll be back to my four-posts-a-week norm for a long time, if ever, and there’s a chance that after this, I won’t post again for a while.

But I’m fine with that. Blogging is still something I love, and it’s something I can do when I feel like it, and without any pressure.

So, I guess what I’m saying is that yes, I’m back, but my blog isn’t going to be run the same way it used to be… at least for right now. Currently, I’m more focused on posting genuine content when it makes me feel good, and when it boosts my mental health. I think an important thing for me is not forcing myself to use any online platform unless I want to. Blogging should feel like a fun hobby, not a chore or obligation.

In fact, right now, blogging really isn’t my top priority… Instead, reading is!

After not doing any real reading over the past six months, picking up a book has been so exhilarating! I’ve missed the experience of getting lost in a story and being swept away into new, incredible worlds with captivating characters. And more importantly, I realize now that a while back, not long before I took my leave of absence, I had stopped reading for the fun of it– Really, I was only doing it for the purpose of blogging about it, which pains me to think about. I love reading, and I hate that I lost sight of why I’ve always been an avid reader in the first place: because reading brings me joy. Not because I have to blog about it, but simply because it’s something I really enjoy.

So now, looking back at this vicious cycle of unhealthy reading and blogging, I’m trying to keep the two separate. I don’t want my blog to become dependent on my reading, or vice versa. Coming out of this reading/blogging slump has really opened my eyes, and I intend to be more aware of when blogging feels like a fun activity, versus when it feels like a mandatory task.

Which brings me to my next point, and primary purpose for this post. You might be wondering, how did I even manage to get out of this awful slump? Well, it’s all thanks to one incredible book that holds a very special place in my nerdy heart…

Cinder, Book One in the Lunar Chronicles, by Marissa Meyer.

I know, it’s cheesy, but surprisingly enough, I’m not ashamed to be in love with one of the leading series of the YA genre. You see, a long time ago, when I was 10 or 11, I read these books when they first came out and loved them. What sci-fi addicted kid couldn’t be obsessed with an addictive mash-up of classic fairy tales and science fiction? But anyways, after finishing it, I, not being a re-reader, never expected to pick up this beloved series again. And for a long time I didn’t.

Which brings me to present day. Maybe a week ago, I was sitting in my room, bored, with nothing to do. I gave a wary glance at my bookshelf, still having not read a book in six months. But that’s when Cinder caught my eye. Gazing at its cracked, worn down spine (only evidence that it was a very well-loved book, of course), I had flashbacks to the fifth grade, when I was absolutely obsessed with the Lunar Chronicles. Nostalgic for the golden days of YA fiction (and let’s not forget, very bored), I slid the book out of its spot on the shelf and began reading.

I finished it in less than 24 hours. I don’t know what came over me, but I was suddenly hungry for books. I quickly grabbed Scarlett, the second book in the series, and dove into it. When that was done, I moved on to Cress, the third instalment.

And so on.

Guys, this series saved me. Dramatic I know, but’s it’s true. I never re-read books (I can’t stand it, knowing what’s going to happen next, expecting all the plot twists, etc.), but these books make an exception. I love the Lunar Chronicles with all my heart, and I’m so thankful that this world and these characters have made me love reading again.

That’s really all I wanted to get across through this post. If you’ve ever gone through a similar experience as me, as I’m sure many of you have, or you have a series that is to you what the Lunar Chronicles are to me, please let me know in the comments!

Since I’m not sure when I’ll be posting again, I don’t really know how to sign off, so I guess I’ll just say I hope this post helped you understand that you should never let the things you enjoy become, well, the opposite, and you should be aware of how the online world affects you.

I really hope you’re all doing well, and that this post reached you in some way.

Thank you for reading!!!

-Octavia

 

14 thoughts on “How One Book Dragged Me Out of a 6 Month Long Reading Slump and Blogging Hiatus

  1. El says:

    YOU’RE BACK!!!!!! (Well semi-permanently but whatever)
    I’m completely not a rereader – I hate knowing all the twists & turns – but there are just those books that I can reread over & over 😂
    Can’t wait for more from you 😉💕

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    • Octavia @ Mythical Reads says:

      Hi El! Yeah, I’m back and hope to be for a while!! I definitely agree with you about there being a few special books that you’ll always be about to reread– I’m planning on diving into more of those soon!! (:

      I’ll have to catch up on your posts since I’ve been gone so long haha! So good to hear from you! ❤

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  2. Colleen's Conclusions says:

    Welcome back!! I am also on a blogging hiatus for my health. Real life has been giving me anxiety and something had to go. So I’m trying to just focus on reading and not bookstagraming and blogging. I don’t have any ARC’s to review until next year so I’m ok there.

    Sometimes breaks are needed more than once a year. I had a few breaks when I went on a cruise in February cause of no wifi on the cruise, then in July when my dad was back in the country and now for the holidays cause I’m hosting both Thanksgiving and Christmas and still work full time hours. And there’s other stuff behind why I have anxiety but I have no control over it.

    I’m glad you are back and hope things are well and books treat you well!

    When I’m not in a reading mood I’ve been watching a lot of Disney+. That’s so Raven has been helping a lot. I find stuff funnier now than when I was in high school cause I’m an adult now and get more of it lol. Laughing helps stress/ anxiety too.

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    • Octavia @ Mythical Reads says:

      Hi Colleen, it’s so nice to know you relate to needing a break from blogging. When you said you’re trying to focus on reading and not blogging that really stood out to me because I’m trying to do the same thing! I struggle with depression, and some bouts of it are worse than others, which can make keeping up with my blog all the more difficult.

      Disney+ honestly sounds like a great way to cope. I’ve been meaning to subscribe, and I’ve heard such great things.

      I hope you take all the time for yourself that you need and keep prioritizing your own health and care over blogging. Sending lots of love! ❤

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      • Colleen's Conclusions says:

        Thank you!! I’m sorry to hear about your depression. My mom and best friend both have that so I kind of know about it in passing.

        Disney+ has been great especially when I don’t feel like reading either. But I finished one book this week!

        I hope you have a good holiday season! 🙂

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      • Octavia @ Mythical Reads says:

        Oh thank you so much. ☺

        I really hope I can subscribe to Disney+ soon! And hey, I finished one book this week too! Yay for us!! 😂

        I’m wishing you a happy holiday season as well! ❤

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      • Colleen's Conclusions says:

        Yay!! I’ve been choosing to watch TV surprisingly instead. (Streaming tv but still.) This week has been busy. I’m hosting Thanksgiving for the first time.

        What book did you read? I read The Friend Zone and loved it.

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      • Octavia @ Mythical Reads says:

        Goog luck hosting Thanksgiving!

        I’ll have to check out the Friend Zone if you enjoyed it so much! The book I finished this week was Cress, the third book in the Lunar Chronicles. I don’t normally steer towards YA, but I’ve been exploring the genre more lately and I’ve come across quite a few books I’ve enjoyed! 😂

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      • Colleen's Conclusions says:

        I love young adult! I haven’t read many in that genre lately. And I liked the Lunar Chronicles series. Young adult is pretty awesome. I recommend A Curse So Dark and Lonely if you are looking for that type of vibe still.

        And thanks! I didn’t burn the turkey or anything but next year I’m not going to cook it just because it’s traditions. I like the sides better.

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      • Octavia @ Mythical Reads says:

        I’m glad Thanksgiving went well– Congrats on cooking the turkey, I know that that must have been a lot of pressure! 😂

        I like YA too! I used to read nothing but it until I got tired of it and starting reading other genres. But recently I’ve made a return to YA, and it’s been great! I actually have read a Curse So Dark and Lonely, and I enjoyed it a lot! Has the sequel been published yet?

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  3. Alexia says:

    I know exactly how you feel! I took a 2 month break because I felt everything was just swamping me and blogging wasn’t fun anymore, it just felt like more work on top of my schoolwork…
    But now I’ve come back with the mentality that I’m doing this for myself and can read and blog at my own pace. Its helped a lot and I hope you enjoy your reading! 💛💛

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    • Octavia @ Mythical Reads says:

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one who struggled with this!
      I couldn’t have said it better– Both blogging and reading are things you should do for yourself and at your own pace. ❤

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