Reading slumps suck, period. A reader’s worst enemy is probably a reading slump. If it were a person, they’d be badly beaten from all of us readers, venting our anger out at the slump.
Anyway, with me still in my reading slump, which has been here, since August 2017, it got me thinking about reading slumps.
Should we fight it and read anyway, risk hating books we’d have otherwise liked/loved? Or should we surrender, not knowing when the slump will be over?
A Reading Slump is ALWAYS Inconvenient But…
No matter the time, month, day or hour a reading slump is never convenient for us. We want to be reading, I mean we don’t have enough time to read as it is. How on earth are we supposed to get round to the 467329023923 books on our TBR’s, when we’re slumping?
Despite slumps always being a pain in the ass, sometimes they can help us realise a few things, about what we’re doing to ourselves. If your slump happened through a really good book, then you get to learn that loving a book that much causes slumps. Helpful, I know haha, but it does happen now and then.
A slump can happen through life events as well as reading a few bad books back to back. Now both of these things, we can’t really control and that’s okay. Life happens and sadly it can and does interfere with our reading life. Bad books back to back, is just downright frustrating because we probably had high hopes for them. Only they flopped and have left us in a slump.
How To Ward A Reading Slump Off
Rereading can help if you begin to spot the signs of a slump…of course, if you don’t reread; you could always try and sacrifice the books you hated. In exchange for the slump to pass you by. *shrugs*
Symptoms Of A Reading Slump
- You’re struggling to focus on a book
- You don’t know what to read because nothing will be as good as the book you just finished!
- You have no willpower to pick up a book
- You’re doing everything but reading…weird?
When You Should Surrender
I’m not about to tell you, to go forth and fight your reading slump, I mean you’re fighting yourself here. As I’ve been in a reading slump since August 2017, here’s what I’ve learned.
My slump happened due to life events, the pressure I was putting on myself to review books…I mostly have just surrendered to it. I’ll read when I have the energy to read, and overall I’m not forcing myself to pick up a book.
I trust in my gut, myself that there’ll come a time again when the slump has passed, that I’ll have my mojo back. Hell hath no fury like a book dragon deprived of books, so I’ll be consuming books at an alarming rate at some point I’m sure.
If you’re faced with a slump, think about this, what caused it? Can I reread to pull myself out of it? Is there anything I can do stop this? If your answer to the last one is no…surrender to it.
It’s not nice to not be reading books, but sometimes we drain ourselves out from stressing over our own lives and fictional lives. Something’s gotta give…and until we can figure out how to turn reality off. We gotta turn that book off.
How do you tackle your reading slumps? What’s the longest slump (not reading at all or struggling to read… but still reading) you’ve endured?
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