So it turns out that I inadvertently took a break of a few months….the plan was to draw back a little during a house move however drawing back turned into disappearing into the virtual abyss for a few months 🙂
At the start of last year, the decision was made to move so the house went on the market. I won’t bore you with the details but our house took 7 months to complete the sale on (vs. what was supposed to be a very quick sale!). It was quite possibly one of the most stressful times of my life!
In real life, I am a Risk Manager within Financial Services, a role which I have been doing for approximately 10 years however I was given the opportunity to formalise my experience into a professional qualification. The course was very intense (distance learning over 6 months culminating in 2 exams in November).
Also in the middle of all of this, one of my beautiful cats was diagnosed with bone cancer and had to have his rear leg amputated. He’s recovering well and adapting to life with three legs.
As a result of all this going on, my reading mojo disappeared. I struggled to find any enthusiasm to pick up a book and when I did, I was finding it difficult to get into any books….for this bookworm who usually escaped into books, I found this a very peculiar place to be.
So once the reading mojo started to return, I did start some books that I’ve had to temporarily DNF. In these instances, think it’s most definitely me so I do plan to return to them again at some point.
After getting over this hurdle I did actually get some books read through to the end and enjoy them :). My final books of 2018 were Tell No Tales and After You Die by Eva Dolan, books 2 and 3 in the DI Zigic and DS Ferreira series, Cuckoo by Sophie Draper and I also listened to The Accident by C. L. Taylor.
Currently I’m reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban which I’m really enjoying so I think the reading mojo is finally back! I’ve set my Goodreads 2019 challenge at a conservative 50 as I realised in 2018 that I was putting myself under too much pressure to read turning a hobby into a chore. Not feeling the desire to read or enjoying reading was frankly crap and I don’t wish to experience it again so I’m taking it easy.