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My Brain Sucks. Let’s Read Graphic Novels.

Readers, I have a confession to make: I haven’t been reading many books lately. If you’ve been following this blog since the beginning you’ve probably noticed the lack of book reviews and posts in general. Part of this is due to the chaos that has been ensuing at work the last few months, resulting in a very exhausted Kiersten by the time five o’clock rolls around.  The bigger culprit is my depression, which has decided to pay a visit and stick around for some undetermined length of time. I’ve spent far too many hours the last few weeks (months?) binge watching shows on Netflix and staring mindlessly at social media, rather than pick up the dozens of unread books on my shelves.

Believe me when I say it’s not for lack of trying. In fact, even more frustrating than how behind I am on my reading count for the year, is how many books I’ve begun and quickly abandoned because my brain can’t stay focused on anything for more than five minutes. *Long, frustrated sigh*

Cue my small, but growing collection of graphic novels. For now, I’ve come to accept the fact that I may not be doing the type of reading that I want to, but I have found a solution in graphic novels. My brain seems to be able to take in the shorter length and less daunting nature of graphic novels. Rather than picking up a 400+ page book and immediately feeling like I can’t absorb it all, I can pick up a graphic novel and stay absorbed for only about 100 pages. Even if there are multiple volumes to the story (as there often are), I know I don’t have to read them all at once, which, for whatever reason, is more palatable for my overwhelmed brain at the moment.

I normally feel guilty, like I’m letting my readers and myself down, when I’m not reading much. At this point, I am familiar enough with the cyclical nature of depression and the effects it has on me to know that it won’t last forever and that beating myself up over it will only make me feel worse. For now, at least I have found a way to feel like I’m still reading and able to stay engaged on the blog.

Check out a few of the graphic novels I’ve read recently. (Reviews to follow)

8 thoughts on “My Brain Sucks. Let’s Read Graphic Novels.

  1. Reading is reading! I’m glad you found something new to enjoy.
    I’m looking forward to your reviews on these as I’ve wanted to try all of them, but I’m such a tightass and they are so expensive here.

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  2. Graphic novels seem perfect for those times it’s hard to concentrate. Hopefully this cycle of depression will be over soon and you can get back to normal. Also, nothing wrong with Netflix! Hope all is well😊

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  3. When my mind is tired or otherwise occupied I struggle to read as well, so I can relate. It is amazing how something that can be so relaxing normally can become such a hard thing. Hopefully the graphic novels will help you. Easy YA novels or chick lit worked for me. Nothing too heavy or taxing. Hope you will feel recharged soon! xx

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    1. I am terrible at coming up with normal names for things. Some of the placeholder names I came up with for the characters in my book were ridiculous. 😛

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