This is something that has been bothering me for a while, and I think a lot of book bloggers and reviewers can likely relate.
I was looking back on the books that I read in 2013. 2013 was one giant book rut for me. With a couple of exceptions (such as my binge on Star Cursed and Dark Triumph in June), I just didn't enjoy a lot of the books I read. I think this is why I was in such a rut. You can only read so many books you don't enjoy before reading becomes a tedious chore.
I want 2014 to be a better, more enjoyable year for reading. I don't request many ARCs, so it really don't have an obligation to read anything in particular. I want to go back to the days where I read books because I was legitimately interested in the story, not because I feel like I *need* to review it.
To go along with this, I often feel like I have an obligation to finish books. I have a hard time justifying my ability to put a book down. I'm not the fastest reader, and I need to review it. This is the mentality I have gotten myself into. It sucks. Maybe if I read faster, it wouldn't be such a deal. I cannot read 150+ books per year like some people. In 2014, I want to escape this way of thinking. I would rather write a DNF post about why a book just wasn't for me than a negative review about why I really disliked a book.
Negative reviews are a thing that just have to exist. There is no avoiding them. No one wants to write them, but I feel like we have an obligation to be honest in our reviews. I wrote way more negative reviews last year than I wanted to.
This extends into the fact that I have been overthinking about what I read. I've felt like I've had to write deep, thought-provoking reviews. Yes, that's great and all, but that isn't me.
Therefore, for 2014, I am going to stop overthinking and be okay with the DNF. I want to enjoy reading again, not feel like it's an obligation.
Have any of you guys felt like reading had become a chore? How did you deal with this?