A Reader's Worst Nightmare: The Reading Slump

10 years ago

I have a case of the reading blahs. There's no good reason for them to appear right now. I have piles of great books to read. The weather is perfect for curling up in front of the fire with a blanket and an excellent book. But I just don't feel like reading these days. I want to knit. I want to watch dvds. I want to play on the internet. I want to do everything but read. It will pass shortly I know but for the moment I'm just not in the mood to read. I am officially in a slump. Thankfully I know that it will pass and that I'm not the only person that suffers from the slumps.

Kristen at BookNAround describes my situation very well when she says "You know I'm in sad shape when I don't want to go upstairs to bed because none of the books I have bookmarks in are making me want to get back to them." But there's hope. Bibleeohfile had been in a slump when she posted this but quickly came out of it.

I don't understand why, but every now and then I just don't feel like reading. I don't know if it's the stress of life, the overwhelming stack of books I have piled everywhere, or just a slump that happens every now and then, but when it happens I don't read. At all. No magazine, no newspapers, no flyers posted on the walls, and definitely no books.

Sarai, at Reading Romance Books was in a slump recently looking for help to get out of her reading slump. I think she was far more into her slump that I was.

I mean what am I going to do? Will it pass? Will I live through it? Should I just give away the books (NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!) I am lost. What would you suggest?

Noooo don't give away your books! You're need to read will come back, I promise.

Miz B of Should be Reading shared some of her tips for kicking yourself out of the reading slumps.

To get out a reading slump, I just keep trying different books, though. Sometimes picking up a book by a favorite author will help.

Sometimes that does help me. As does re-reading favourites. But I've tried both of those and nothing is sticking. Loramae of Pop Culture Vixens wrote of something that scares me - a reading slump that lasted for years.

For several years, I was in a reading slump. I couldn't find anything to read that I felt I couldn't put down. I was constantly looking for something to read that was a great story and something I couldn't put down.

I could go Samantha's route and join a new challenge like the Fall into Reading Challenge but I think part of my problem is that my list of books that I need to read is too much. I have them piled up by my bedside and there's not one, but three piles, all which are threatening to fall over.

Maybe my brain and the season are just telling me to slow down and relax. I will say it's doing wonders for my knitting progress. What do you do when you're in a reading slump?

Contributing Editor Sassymonkey blogs at Sassymonkey and Sassymonkey Reads.

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