I’m a couple hundred pages into The Three Musketeers, and I’m flagging. Not only is it not the most interesting book I’ve read recently, I’m also juggling a bunch of work and life stuff — as you can see, I don’t have a review ready for today, and I probably won’t by Sunday, either.
I need some advice, and who better to ask than you guys?
How do you manage to keep posting while reading a “chunkster”? I don’t like reading more than one book at a time (especially right now, since this one’s not holding enough of my attention as it is), because I believe each book deserves my undivided attention — but I don’t want to miss posting as normal. What kind of stuff do you like to see in place of reviews, if none are to be had?
You guys are awesome, and I’d love to know how you do it. 🙂 Please share your thoughts in the comments.
8 thoughts on “The Reading/Blogging Balance”
ehn . . . sometimes the time’s just not right for deep/chunkster reading. I would say set The Three Musketeers aside for another time and pull out a collection of short stories or something light. As for posting, I love collecting and posting bookish quotes and pictures for between reviews, maybe not every day, but most days. If I’m in the middle of a chunkster that’s taking forever then I might post some tidbits from the book or author since it usually feels like I’m living and breathing that book/author every waking moment anyway. Posting can be very therapeutic that way.
Great video! omg . . . *kleenex*
I’m subscribed to your blog, and I like seeing the pictures you post. 🙂
Posting anything about The Three Musketeers right now would probably not be that great, because all I can think is, “This is so BORING!” I’ll have to see if I can make that sound less petulant.
Gah, that video! I can’t even think about it without tearing up a little. So good, though!
You chose a yawner of a chunster; I find it boring anyway. I much prefer Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo. Some people feel obligated to finish a book once they start, but not I. I have no problem quitting a book that isn’t doing it for me.
On the other hand, you could do an in-depth review of the book as you go along, if that’s something that appeals to you.
I loved The Count of Monte Cristo; but Dumas is seriously bumming me out right now.
I have a “50 page rule” that I try to stick to, but frankly I so rarely read a book I don’t like, I don’t often have to enforce the rule. Not to say that I like to read everything; rather, I spend a lot of time in my comfort zone.
Unfortunately, the only depth I want to go with this book is burying it in my backyard.
Since it is a classic, I’d say that it wouldbe fine to have a multi-post review. But since it is boring the hell out of you, I’m not sure it’d work. I don’t know about you, but I can’t finish a book that’s bumming you out. I’d just revisit it another time.
I took your advice a couple days ago. 🙂 Feels good, mostly. I’m on to better things!
Hm, with longer books I usually just hold out posting til it’s finished, or I give up and move on to another book. I don’t blame you for wavering on Three Musketeers, I tried that one in high school and couldn’t get past the first chapter :/ One of those inpenetrable classics, I guess.
That video T_T brb, crying forever.
I had to read The Count of Monte Cristo in high school, and I have a dim recollection of picking up The Three Musketeers. It was dull as powder, and I’m so glad I set it aside — in the time I could have spent sweating through it, I’ve read several other books that I’m so glad I picked up.
I know, right?! That video better win the Academy Award!