Oh yeah, I’m having one of those. I blame my recent move, to be honest. My brain is full of things like ‘Must get sponges,’ ‘Where can I put that box?’ and the like. We’ve all had them, we all hate them but for whatever reason, we all get reading slumps.
So I’m making a post about it.
People have different views on reading slumps. I’ve heard of a few people who don’t believe in them and that you just happen to read fewer books in a period of time. Others hate them as they can’t read anything during them. Either way, it’s not a good thing for a reader, especially when you have such a long TBR list and even more so when you’re a blogger and new posts rely on what you’ve read!
I have two different problems with book slumps. In certain slumps, I try book after book, reading a little bit at a time…and never finishing any of them. I will open a new book and read a chapter and then find I can’t read anymore, leaving it unfinished. This is ridiculously annoying. I like finishing books. I need to know what happens. I’m on 87/100 books down on my Goodreads challenge and I aim to beat that 100. Reading is kind of crucial for that goal.
Not to mention that all the different books can get very confusing in your head after a while.
This is also my face after I’ve been to Ikea. I still have no idea how that place works…
The other type of slump I have is where I can’t read what I’m supposed to. Fanfiction is usually what I end up reading during these. Magazines, TV tropes, manga, my own writing…you name it. Anything but a book.
And which do I have right now?
OH YEAH, BOTH.
This is not a good thing, guys. Not counting physical books, here is a list of the books I have unfinished on my Overdrive right now.
- The Replaced – Kimberly Derting
- Unplugged – Donna Freitas
- Frostblood – Elly Blake
- Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones
- The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon
- This Savage Song – V.E. Schwab
- Mortal Gods – Kendare Blake
The list is worse when you add in hard copies, made more confusing by the fact that a few of them are still in boxes.
So what to do?
Wait it out. You never know. You could be lucky and it lasts only a few days. Maybe if you distract yourself with other things it’ll easily pass on its own. If not, proceed to option two.
Put the book down. Find literally anything else to do. I like to catch up on TV series or movies in these periods or crafting is also good. I sometimes write if I’m having a slump (I should always write but reading is a lot easier than trying to put my own words on the page!)
Pick up something completely different. Been reading a lot of fantasy? Maybe pick up a contemporary novel. A complete change of pace might help. It might seem a bit counterproductive to pick up another book when you can’t seem to finish one but sometimes you can get into a bit of a bog with reading the same kind of book over and over again.
Reread something. This is something I go to a lot when I’m having a slump. It’s not taxing because I’ve read it before but it also can help remind you of why you love reading. There’s a book out there that can break the book slump…sometimes you’ve already read it.
Read anything other than fiction. Magazines, non-fiction, manga, fanfiction even. It’s not quite what you’re after, sure, and it can seem like a bit of a waste of time. Yeah, I can hear you screaming ‘BUT MY TBR LIST IS 250 BOOKS LONG, HOW WILL THIS HELP ME?!’ But trust me, it works. This ties into option 3 and reading something different. If a different genre isn’t working for you, try an entirely different type of reading. I am a crazy manga hoarder so I read these a lot during slumps or if that fails, fanfiction solves everything.
I am going to go take some of my own advice by not thinking about reading and watching Gilmore Girls. I could also unpack…but naaaah. The unpacked boxes are tomorrow Luna’s problem (Future Luna hates me a LOT.)
If you guys have suggestions, please let me know what you read in slumps and what’s broken them in the past. I’m desperate, so desperate. I JUST WANT TO FINISH A BOOK.