It’s January, everyone is feeling a fresh start on the whole reading game and I’ve forced myself to read four books. I mean, that’s not bad, out of the four, three of them were really good, but forcing myself to read still sucks.
Being a mood reader, I tend to get into book reading slumps quite often. At first, I didn’t really know what was happening. Why don’t I want to read? I love reading. Is this affecting my book nerd street cred? I mean, this was before I starting really immersing myself in the book community and such.
I think my first huge reading slump was Spring/Summer of 2016. It just was not happening. Nothing was appealing me, but it wasn’t like I wanted to do anything else, either. The slump lasted both seasons in its entirety and I tried all the tips and tricks to get out of it. Forcing myself to read? Put me deeper in the slump. Reading prior favorites? I don’t re-read (it’s an actual issue). I eventually found my own methods that I shall share with you today fellow people.
I actually did this for Empire of Storms recently because I was not feeling the excitement for this installment. You want to get back into your groove or even read a book you’re apprehensive about? Tumblr or Pinterest will do. You just look up some fanart or headcanons or just people gushing in general and there you go. This one will usually work best with somewhat popular books, though. So I tend to do this less often, seeing as the majority of my faves are really underrated.
Read something ridiculous
I tend to go on a New Adult binge once a month because it’s stress free, the plots’ are basically mirror images of each other and when I find a good one, it’s a rare, happy time. And I don’t review them, so I don’t have to stress about that either.
Look at some glowing reviews
This kind of reflects point one with the whole seeing others rave about it situation. I tend to do this even when I’m not drowning in the reading slump ocean
see where I got my title? XD and need that extra push to finally get into a book I’ve been procrastinating about.
Wait it out
This is the one I tend to do the most, because…
often times on occasion, I’m just too lazy to do any of the above. Somehow, over the months, I just stopped thinking about it and adopted the mentality that it’ll happen when it needs to happen/ fate shall have its way/ yada yada yada. Because if you force it, you’re not going to want to do it even more than you want to do it now. But again, if you’re impatient, I feel your pain… kind of.
Again, these are methods that work for me, as I’ve tried other things and it was not my jam. But, if you’re like me or need some semi-new ideas take ’em! They’re yours!
What are your reading slump remedies? Let me know in the comments below!