Random Rants and Rambling #39 | Is Reading Too Much a Thing?

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Welcome back to another Random Rants & Rambling. Today, I wanted to talk about Reading Too Much – and if this is a THING, and if so, is it BAD? I’ve had quite a few discussions about this topic lately, in varying degrees and after a while, I really started to think about how much I read, and my memory of said books.

I use to pride myself with my memory skills. I can remember the most RANDOM things – and a lot to do with numbers. Lately, though, I’ve noticed that I forget character names, small details of books I’ve read recently and I wonder if it IS BECAUSE I read a lot, or if there is something else going on entirely.

Pre and post blogging days, I’ve always been a book a day type person and I can read many books at one time. Pre-blogging days – I can tell you about those books, what I loved/didn’t love and all the details. I’ve never been the type to takes notes, or review right after finishing a book. Rather, putting one down and moving on to the next. But like I said, I’ve noticed I am forgetting things or mixing up details.


It’s weird to me that there are some books I read two years ago that I can recite, but not two weeks ago.

It sucks because I have a routine down. I read all week before and after work, draft my posts on Saturday and then write all my posts/reviews on Sunday; sometimes editing at work when I have some downtime. This has worked for me for 2 years – so I can’t figure out why I am having such a hard time with it now.

Maybe it’s deadlines? Is life too stressful? Is it my old age? (lol) Is it the books I am reading just not that memorable? I don’t know! But I am starting to wonder if it is my reading habits need some adjusting and y’all, I freaking hate change.

My final thoughts? I’m still on the fence. Right now, I will say that reading a lot in conjunction with all the other things going on MAY BE playing a role. I might slow down and see what happens. For science. 🙂

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11 responses to “Random Rants and Rambling #39 | Is Reading Too Much a Thing?

  1. Valerie

    My life is in phases. For a week, I’ll be addicted to Netflix. Another week, I’ll be playing video games for 10 hours straight. Then the next week, I’ll be reading at every moment. Or blogging, etc. So although I am burned out by one of these things at a time, I always can switch it up (and get far behind in blogging or reading or whatever).

    But I definitely agree that with work, classes, and just everything in general, it’s really stressful. And I can’t really do many of the things I want to because I have other obligations. So in the end, I have NO TIME FOR ANYTHING.
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  2. aDITI

    I haven’t gotten burned out recently, but I did a while ago. It was NOT pleasant, but I guess I was sick and I kept trying to read something I wasn’t 100% or even 20% into and I just couldn’t do it anymore. It took a two week long break of reading nothing to get back on track, though.

    I think there is something as reading too much, though! GREAT POST!
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  3. Silvara

    My guess is that the books just aren’t memorable enough. I can tell you plots and characters and all from favorite books I read many years ago. Just like you. *grins* But some of the books I’ve read since I started blogging just don’t stick with me. Some of them totally do, and I’ve loved those ones! But the ones that don’t? *shrugs* I figure there was just something about them that made them forgettable.

    There are books I read years and years ago, that I know I’ve read. But can’t tell you much of anything about them. So again, forgettable because they didn’t stick with me. Sometimes a book just isn’t memorable enough.
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  4. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    GAHHHH yes! I cannot remember a single thing from recent history, yet I too can remember TONS from books that I read pre-blogging, or at least in the very beginning! But ask me about a book I have just reviewed, and I will look at you like I have never heard it before! It’s so WEIRD. Perhaps it is our elderliness 😂 Or maybe it is the stress- of not only the posting, but then reading everyone else’s posts too, and commenting on those, and maybe we just have too many things in our heads! And also, lack of sleep! (But i will never slow down hahah)
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  5. Jenna

    I think it’s partially because of everything else that is going on now because I’ve found my memory lessens when I’m in school and when I increase what I’m trying to learn about. There are some books that I’ve loved but I think back on them now and I can’t even remember the basic plot of them.

  6. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I was just planning on writing a post similar to this one about books in a series and how I suddenly feel like I can’t read them until they’re all out because I forget too much. I just posted a review of the third book in a series and I didn’t enjoy a lot of it because I was struggling to remember. I do think that reading a lot has to do with it, but I also think I’m just getting old!!
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  7. Karen Blue

    It might be that some books are really similar or that some things are not really memorable. I think when you read more, you find more awesome stuff. So you brain dump stuff that pales in comparison.
    It could just be that you are getting OLD. Welcome to my world! (just kidding girl)
    I review as soon as I am done or I need to reference into the book for everything, including names of main characters.
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  8. Dena @ Batch of Books

    I get burned out easily. I also used to remember books better, but now I have a hard time recalling anything other than positive or negative feelings for a book. I have to write my reviews right after I finish reading or I won’t remember enough to write one.

    I had to start reading fewer books (gasp!) which helped me enjoy the books more and remember them better. I seriously had to limit myself to no more than two per week. It’s hard to stick to it sometimes, but it’s worth it to not get burned out and to enjoy the book more.
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