You’ve officially come down with a case of the reading slump. What now?
Whether it’s your first slump or your millionth I think we can all agree on one thing. READING SLUMPS SUCK. And they happen to even the best of us. There’s nothing worse than being on the top of your reading game and feeling the inevitable crash that’s coming. Where no book sounds appealing on your never ending TBR and your current reads are pushed aside to collect dust. So, how do we get ourselves out of these slumps and avoid future reading slumps?
For starters, let’s talk about the intimidating TBR. I get rather anxious as my TBR increases more and more each month and I feel like I’m not making a dent in it. It would help if I would stop buying books but since that’s not realistic here’s one of the things that I’ve found that helps. Changing it up. For the last two years my TBR has consisted of a lot of high fantasy books and as fun as they are, they can equally be as draining. There’s so many names, and cities, and politics to remember plus add that to the fact that you’re waiting for a year for the next book to come out and you have one very confused girl. Since I spend more time than I would like to admit scrolling on Goodreads, I’ve started to take into consideration books that I might enjoy during a slump a.k.a easy, light, fluffy, romantic, sometimes smutty reads. So when the reading slump comes around, I don’t even need to put in effort to find a book, it’s already waiting for me. Thanks Goodreads.
Second, which has honestly been the most helpful for me, just don’t read. I fall into a never ending cycle with reading slumps. I feel it coming, get mad when it’s here, and try to force myself to read which only prolongs my slump. It’s definitely easier said than done but I’ve been repeatedly telling myself “if I don’t want to read today I’m not going to do it” and I can’t tell you how many times this has saved me. Why torture and force myself to buckle down and read through something when I have no desire too? Reading is supposed to be fun not a chore, so when it starts to feel like one take a break. Even if it’s for a day, a week, maybe even a month, who cares? Your books will still be waiting when you come back.
Third, stop competing with others. Social media is a great place to meet new people but it’s also a place that can made you feel inadequate among other readers as well. I see SO many people on Goodreads who have reading goals of over 100 books a year which to me is insane, but I am also insanely jealous (speed readers, teach me your ways). How the hell do people do it? I wish I could. This is why I frequently fall into the “need to be up to date on all the new releases like everyone else” mentality. That type of pressure is the exact reason why I hit slumps so hard. I can’t keep up with the current reads, catch up on the old reads, go to work, try to be healthy and hit the gym, cook, clean, and sleep for at least six hours a night. There just isn’t enough time. And even though there isn’t enough time I STILL find myself racing against other readers to try and keep up.
Whether you read one book or one hundred books a year, it makes no difference. Whether you read zero pages or three hundred pages a day, it makes no difference.
Keep repeating this until it finally sticks. I’m still trying to remind myself this too.
Fourth and final, take a trip down memory lane with a reread. If you’re feeling up to picking up a book, reread one of your favorites. It’s an easy way to snap you out of your slump because 1. you obviously already love the book 2. it becomes an easy and mindless read since you know what happens already 3. sometimes they remind us of why we love reading so much in the first place and VIOLA! slump solved. Or at least hopefully.
While I realize everyone’s reading experience and slumps are different these are just some of the things that help me through a reading slump since I struggle with them often. If you have any other tips/advice or book recommendations to help beat a reading slump HELP A SISTER OUT!
P.S.- I promise I have plenty of reviews coming up!
Until next time!