Firstly I need to say I’m a lottle (not quite a lot but not a little either therefore it’s a lottle) nervous about writing this but it correlates to my “2017 Goals” post so I thought I’d give it shot and update you all.


Growing up I always loved reading.  For me it was a healthy form of escapism.  Some of my favourites included Judy Blume and the Point Horror series and in my later teenage years I developed a fondness for Stephen King and Dean Koontz.  Then life took over.  I left school and got a job and adulting happened.  Work got in the way, courting got in the way (by the way I love the term “courting” – does anyone even use this anymore?), children got in the way and the list goes on.  For one reason or another my reading fell by the wayside.

Then in 2014 I discovered Fifty Shades of Grey.  Although the book itself was not food for my soul it did do something amazing.  It gave me a warm and tingly feeling (not there you filthy bunch get your mind out the gutter) and reawakened my love of reading.  I got a kindle and actually began reading lots.  I discovered the whole self published indie author movement that seemed to have a resurgence thanks to whole new audience for mainstream “mummy porn”.  Gone was the quintessential Mills & Boonesque Fabio styled covers with pulsing members and engorged folds and in came hot, tattooed, muscular Alphas and female leads that were spunky and sassy.

So I was reading.  In March 2014 I discovered GoodReads and managed to read 119 books that I recorded.  I’ve been known to read through the night for the right book.  I made friendships with authors and began blogging.  It was great…for a while.  Then it became like the kiss of death to my reignited love of reading.  Feeling pressured to share releases and promote authors and provide honest reviews began to weigh on me and made my reading become a chore.  Before I realised it I was reading less and less and I didn’t like it.  I adore losing myself between the pages of a book but I found myself with reader’s block.  I’ve been so keen to start reading again but I’ve been struggling so much.  I’d occasionally pick my kindle up but barely manage to get through the first couple of pages before putting it back down again.  

I decided 2017 is going to be the year I find my mojo again.  I’ve set a challenge on GoodReads to read 36 books throughout the year (I think 3 a month is quite manageable).  Then I came across #52BooksIn52Weeks on Instagram, which is rather self explanatory.  It’s a challenge to read a book a week through the year so I decided to jump in.  As we were already 3 weeks into the year I had a little catching up to do but I’m pleased to report I’m already up to date.

So these are the first 4 books I’ve read in 2017:

All The Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
Branna by L.A Casey
Amore Part 1 by Bella Jewel
Amore Part 2 by Bella Jewel

I’m keeping my fingers crossed it continues and I’m not just experiencing a temporary glitch but I will keep you all updated.  If you want to connect with me on GoodReads you can find me here.

What are you all reading at the moment? Or what are you looking forward to reading?


Jelly xoxo

6 thoughts on “Getting My Book Mojo Back

  1. Adulting always gets in the way of all the good stuff in life and yes we say courting but then we are an old fashioned values kind on family. Enjoy your #52BooksIn52Weeks I will keep on with Audible I always liked being read to x

  2. I go through stages when all I want to do is read, and then I won’t read for a few months. This year I’ve read 19 books so far, so as you can tell, I’m in a reading phase! I’m currently re-reading, and then catching up on the rest of the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews.

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