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A few hours ago, I saw a post from one of my favourite bloggers (Hi Eva!) on Instagram, where she wrote about hoping her latest read will help revive her reading mojo. I couldn’t help taking stock of my own obvious symptoms:

a) 3 books I didn’t love..  in a row
b) inability to choose what to read next resulting in the reading of a random selection of essays and short stories
c) lack of motivation to read before bed (I ALWAYS read before bed.)

Diagnosis: My mojo is also… gone.

At the beginning of the year, I was still doing some reading for work. I read an advanced copy of Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekback, followed by (the now in contention for Canada Reads book) When Everything Feels Like the Movies. I had complex feelings about both, but for the sake of simplicity, neither were really for me. When I finished, I was so excited to read some of my old backlist titles that had been burning a whole in my shelves. I immediately picked up We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler because I had heard wonderful things. Maybe it was a case of too high expectations, but I didn’t love it, and I was really sad about it. I loved the writing. I loved the premise of the story, but I didn’t love all the bits of the story (and there were plenty) that seemed to give details about the main character that really didn’t seem to matter. I wanted more about the main plot. Lots more. (For those who have read it, I mean the family! More family!)

In between all of that, I read the fourth Saga, which of course, I really enjoyed but was bummed that a few of my favourite characters hardly made an appearance at all.

I started another advanced copy of a book coming out in a few months, but couldn’t get into it and put it down. With no idea where to go from there, I decided to go back and read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (which I am loving) but my mojo is still hiding behind things apparently. I read half of a comic book. No mojo.

So I caved and bought my first book of the year, Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. When it arrives (online buy), I will most likely have finished said comic and Harry Potter, and will start that right away. It’s different from anything I have yet to read in the past and I can’t wait for a shake-up in my reading. Krakauer’s work comes highly recommended from an abundance of friends and fellow book lovers, and I’m really looking forward to it!

Buying and starting said book right away usually helps my mojo. Must be a combination of excitement and instant gratification.  How do you handle mojo loss?  Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

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6 thoughts on “My Reading Mojo is Gone

  1. I hear ya, sister. My mojo has been at an all time low this January. I’m finally starting to break through. Us Conductors helped with that. I just haven’t found the right book to get me going again. I miss the joy that reading used to bring me, but for both of us, I know it will come back.

  2. Yay, I’m someone’s favourite!

    What is the deal with the collective loss of book mojo?! I’ve managed to read 12 books this year and 3 of them I’ve really loved (and one of them was a re-read!). UGH. Usually I read something I know I will love. Often this means reading something I’ve already read (anything by Jane Austen) or Maeve Binchy because she hasn’t disappointed me yet. OK one time. She’s allowed to one time.

    If you don’t want to read before bed, things are bad. Let’s all think good book thoughts together!

    • Going back to re-read old favourites is definitely a nice way to get your groove back :). I’m using Harry Potter for this right now. Hopefully the next one I pick up will break the pattern just like Unbroken did for you!

  3. Into Thin Air was a great pick to get you out of the reading doldrums! It’s not the best-written thing in the world, but it’s exciting and fast-paced, and Krakauer’s writing style suits the story well. Hope you enjoy it!

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