Basically, “activity books for adults” is what I mean.
Things are finally settling down—albeit temporarily—for me, but that just means I have an intimidating TBR pile (more so than usual) to catch up on.
So, naturally, I’m avoiding it like the plague.
My demands from books have changed this month. I want to hold one in my hands, but I want it to engage my brain in a different way, find a different way to tell a story. I don’t know if that’s a common feeling from anyone else who feels generally burnt out, but I am selfish enough to not want to be alone in this weird state of yes-I’m-a-reader-but-not-right-now.
To that end, I’ve made my list of books for you or the reader in your life who is overwhelmed by the pages that need to be perused and would like to feel a sense of accomplishment, please?
If, however, your answer is no, you could try Literary Listography: My Reading Life in Lists by Lisa Nola. Revel in the books you have read, the books you want to read, the ones you may never read but excite you anyway, the ones you wish you’d skipped, and your favourite places to curl up with a book. I think the goal of the book is to look back on a life lived from cover to end pages, so I wouldn’t worry about it making you feel guilty about not having read what you were “supposed” to. I think every list is meant to carry you away from the feeling of “supposed.”
But hey, if cooking’s not an activity you would choose, maybe writing is. Maybe the reason you aren’t reading is because you spent all November trying to finish a novel and you couldn’t, but you don’t know how to get unstuck? (*coughs* This isn’t about me, I swear.) Anyway, maybe it’s time to try a workbook. Okay, this may involve some reading, but if your pick is anything like mine—Writing the Other by Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward—it’ll give you plenty of chances to flex your writing muscles with periodic exercises. Whatever you’re getting stuck with, maybe writing snippets of something else will help? At the very least, it can’t do any harm.