Are you suffering from Tsundoku? I know I am. It’s a truth universally acknowledged that if there’s a situation in modern life, the Germans or the Japanese will have a word for it. Tsundoku is the accumulation of reading material that you then don’t read. Also known as That Pile Of Books By The Bed.
The thing is about That Pile is every one of those books looked really enticing when you picked it up, but something about being in That Pile makes them turn into homework on a Sunday evening. Someone I know has wrapped their Pile in newspaper so it starts looking more intriguing again. I suggest dismantling it and redistributing the books around the house until it grows again. It will.
Reading, generally, is often a ‘should’ activity rather than a pleasure.
‘I should read more.’
‘I should read more literary books.’
‘I should read that book that someone recommended.’
‘If I want to be a good writer, I should read widely in my genre.’
I read for work, …