I have been having issues with my reading and blogging lately.  I don’t know what it is, I suppose I’m just in a funk.  I’ve only finished two books this week (not nearly what I normally do) and haven’t gotten up the gumption to review either of them.  Part of it is definitely just the way summer makes me feel – lazy, like all I want to do is sit outside and drink a cocktail.  And I’ve been doing my share of outside-enjoying, cocktail-drinking, fun-having in the past few weeks.  Last weekend was a busy one, with the holiday and all – we went out for dinner and fireworks with friends on Friday night, then spent most of the day and night on Saturday at a friend’s Fourth of July party.  Then this weekend, I had my best friend’s birthday extravaganza on Friday night, was out all day yesterday running errands and then at a graduation party, and my husband and I went out for dinner last night.  I was so exhausted from lack of sleep on Friday that I went to bed early last night, after reading a measly 20 pages of a book.  And today I had lunch with friends and just returned home about an hour ago.  It’s been a fun couple of weekends (normally I don’t have nearly that much activity; I’m really a homebody at heart) but it’s definitely wiped me out.  And I WANT to read, but none of the books I’m currently reading are excellent so far – they’re all okay – which is not helping.  When I pick them up to read at night, if I’m already tired, I can’t stay up and read books that aren’t page turners.  It just doesn’t work.

So needless to say, I’m trying to snap out of it.  I did finish a book this morning, and I actually picked up Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix the other day in the hopes of kick-starting my reading pace.  I know I’ll fly through that one, and it’s such a comfort read that it makes me want to read other equally satisfying books.  So we’ll see how the rest of this month works.  Lately if I have the choice of reading or lounging by the pool with friends, I’ve been choosing outside stuff.  I can read outside too, but it takes more concentration for me because of the sun and I also read a lot more slowly outside – I get distracted by everything around me.

The Booking Through Thursday question this week was to show pictures of our TBR piles.  Mine is out of control, to say the least, but I braved it and took a few pictures to share.  I have one TBR bookcase (I refuse to buy a second) but it’s double-stacked and crammed as full as possible.  My TBR review books are completely separate.  Here are some pictures of my TBR situation…

001Here’s the bookcase.  This is the front stack of books…

002… and here are the books behind those books.  As you can see, I really need to work on both a) reading books I already own (there are some great titles in there!) and b) not acquiring new books.  I’ve been great about not buying books, but not so great about avoiding giveaways and bookmooch.  What can I say?  I love books.

003And here are my review books.  The stack on the left contains the books I have accepted for review, and I need to read these in the next 1-3 months (well, according to my review policy I do give myself six months but I try to get them done quickly when I can).  The stack on the right contains unsolicited review copies that were all surprises from publishers.  I may or may not ever get to these ones.  In fact, I plan in the near future to whittle down this pile to the ones I am really interested in and give away the rest.  So keep your eyes peeled for that.  Note that the stack on the left does not include the 5+ books I’ve recently accepted and am expecting to arrive in the mail shortly.

So.  Do you ever have a reading funk?  Any particular time of year you have more difficulty reading than other times?  What do you do to jump-start your reading again?  What about a blogging funk – what do you do when you just don’t feel like writing reviews, or writing anything for that matter?

I’m going to watch a movie, and hope that later tonight I’ll be more in the reading mood.  Happy Sunday everyone!