After really enjoying writing more discussion type posts over the last few months, I thought I would share another today, this time on the subject of reading slumps! I’m sure we have all experienced this dreaded thing at some point or another, and have faced the struggle of trying to escape it and get back to our usual reading habits. Personally, I have experienced many a reading slump or two, and so today I thought I would talk about four different types and some ideas about how to get out of them.
So here are four different reading slumps and their solutions!
The reading slump that happens not because you don’t feel like reading, but simply because you don’t have time to. Works piling up, you have plans flowing out your ears, and any spare time you get you just want to spend in bed, in your pyjamas with Netflix. Reading takes a huge back seat, because you don’t have time to think about all the books on your TBR just waiting to be read.
Make time for reading, even if it is just five minutes a day on your commute. Instead of scrolling through your phone in your spare time, pick up your book and make it through a chapter or two. Try an audiobook, and listen to it whenever you are walking or driving.
You just finished the last book in your favourite series, and suddenly you don’t know what to do with your life. Every single one of your thoughts is consumed with replaying your favourite scenes and going over that one character’s death that had you sobbing into the pages.
Wallow in your sadness for a few days, consume every piece of fanfiction you can until satisfy your ever-present craving for more. Or, if all else fails, then why not just give in completely and reread the book or series that gave you this book hangover in the first place.
Often found at the end of the best reading month of your life, this particular reading slump strikes when you least expect it to. You’re now five books ahead on your Goodreads challenge, and have knocked a series dent in your TBR, yet you can’t seem to keep the reading motivation going.
Take a break! Consume other media, such as TV, movies, music or whatever else takes you fancy. Give yourself a little time away from reading rather than forcing yourself to read when, in reality, you really just need a break from it.
If you’ve recently spent hours staring at your shelves, or have a stack of half read books by your side, then this is probably the reading slump you are suffering from. You know that you want to read, but yet you don’t know what exactly you want to read. Are you in the mood for a contemporary, a high fantasy, or maybe even a classic? Who knows! No matter what you pick up, it just doesn’t seem to be what you are looking for.
Don’t push yourself to read anything you don’t want to! Start as many books as you want. Maybe try a chapter of five or so books that are interested in, and see if any hook you. Look for some recommendations for books that are similar to some of your favourites.
Have you ever experienced any of these particular reading slumps? How did you get out of them? Are there any particular books you recommend reading to help you out of a reading slump?