July was not a bookish month. I read three books, which split out like this: One – listened on audio while crocheting and barely remember. Two – read quickly right after the audio and barely remember. Three – took three weeks to read despite it being simple and I had to keep reminding myself that I was in the middle of it, and then I didn’t really even like it. I’m not in a slump, not exactly, but I don’t see the non-book trend ending** before RIP season starts in a month. And honestly, this is normal for me at this time of year. Last year, when I hit an actual slump in mid-September, I wrote this:
Usually, I don’t read a whole lot in the late, super-hot summer months. I enter RIP-season full speed ahead, ripping my way (pun intended) through tons of books in September and October. I crash at the end of October, and read almost nothing in November and December.
Last year was odd for me, because I read tons and tons through July and August, crashing in mid-September. This year was more typical, with my heavy-reading months going from mid-April to mid-June. Generally, the huge reading months come after a giant influx of TBR, physical or virtual, and then I speed-read/cull my way through the pile until there’s only a tiny handful left. This leaves me without any desire to read for a few months. Coupled with extreme heat and the kids being home for the summer, this works out perfect for me. I return refreshed for RIP, which I didn’t do last year and hope to do this year!
In the meantime, I’ll keep crocheting (big yarn-art post coming tomorrow), binge-watching Downton Abbey with my boys, and counting down the days until school begins (three weeks to go!!).
*When I had Ambrose in 2002, the hospital had a display of “July is…” holidays. One of them was “July is National July Belongs to Blueberries Month” which was just bizarre but totally memorable and totally real.
**With the exception of two books: Sandlands by Rosy Thornton, her newest released that she sent to me for review. I adore Thornton’s writing, and look forward to checking out her short stories! And of course Cursed Child, which I will go pick up this morning. Sadly, I didn’t attend any release parties. I barely get enough sleep these days as it is without staying up super late… (she says at 6:30 am after being up for the last hour…)