January. A time for new beginnings, a fresh start, making changes…and, apparently, getting obsessed with something and driving yourself into the weirdest book-slump-thing ever.
Last month, I only ended up reading 4 books (3 Sookie Stackhouse, and I buddy-read Hidden Figures with a friend). I started to do a review of Hidden Figures, but decided against it. Basically, I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to, but ultimately I think it’s an important book and I’m glad it exists.
On the downside…it absolutely destroyed my desire to read non-fiction, which is really bad because I’d also been reading Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy…which was an eARC from Net Galley…that I should have read and reviewd around the end of 2017 -_-
To combat my slumpiness (because I couldn’t find the motivation to read anything), I decided to finally watch The Hobbit trilogy, and Oh. My. Gods. I fell in love. Like, I have a problem. I watched the entire trilogy 3 times (you read that right: three times) and watched all 6 bonus discs in the space of about two weeks Oh, and I re-watched LOTR one time (after my first Hobbit watch, I think). I know some people hate the movies, but they might have knocked out all my other favorite movies and won the top spot as my all-time-fave.
Basically, I watched The Hobbit to get my creative energy up, or whatever, and it kind of worked but also backfired. Because now, my brain refuses to allow me to read and enjoy anything that isn’t Tolkien. I’ve tried, believe me. But it’s not happening. The only issue with that is that I’d intended to not read any other fantasy or series until I finished the last two Southern Vampire Mysteries books.
Oh well. Guess I’m pushing those back again, because apparently it’s time I (finally) read LOTR. I know, I know! I should have read it ages ago, and that’s probably the only book I’m ashamed to have not read yet.
I did read The Hobbit, finally, back in like 2014. But I haven’t read LOTR yet and I feel terrible about that. I think the intricacy and scope of Middle Earth was just too intimidating. But now, something about having watched all these movies and learned so much (because of my own googling of things, as well as things from the actual movies and behind the scenes things), I feel confident and ready. It’s happening. I’m finally going to read these books, yay!
Now I’m just trying to decide if I should count them as 1 book (which I think was always Tolkien’s intention?), or 3 books… I think 1. It just feels right. Plus, while I have some mass markets, I’ll be reading the omnibus on my Kindle, so it just makes life easier.
All of this basically combined to also suck out my will to blog about anything. I wasn’t reading anything, so no reviews were happening. I barely managed to keep up with most of the T5W posts, I didn’t do any TTT, etc. I was completely unmotivated to do anything, really. But, thankfully, that seems to be changing. Something about Januarys just seem to drain me in a weird way. This month, I’m going to try (*fingers crossed*) to do better.