Curing the reading slump

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Has it taken you a week or more to finish a 300 page book? Is your TBR list growing rapidly out of control? Are you finding it difficult to concentrate when reading? 

Well, my friend *pats bed beside me, inviting you to sit down* (yeah, yeah, I’m blogging in bed today, just get in the damn thing, okay!?), you’re quite possibly suffering from a condition known as reading slump. Reading slump affects all of us from time to time, but it’s particularly frustrating when you’re a book blogger and reading is something you kinda, well, have to do. I’m in the midst of a mild reading slump right now and figured it might be a good idea to compile a list of potential cures for this affliction. Before we begin, let’s get comfy, okay?

Let’s…

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…be creepy and snuggle and…

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…drink tea!

1. Ask yourself this question; why are you in a reading slump? Very often, my reading slumps are a reflection of my overall mood. It’s no massive secret that I have depression and when I’m having a period where I’m feeling particularly low, I find it a struggle to do the things that I enjoy. I find it difficult to focus on things such as reading and writing and I find myself feeling extremely lethargic. I’ll pick up a book and find that I either can’t concentrate or I just don’t want to read it. When I’m feeling like this, I try and figure out why I’m feeling more low than usual. Sometimes there isn’t a reason. Sometimes there is. If I do manage to pin point a cause, I work on a way of eliminating it, be it through talking to a friend or trying to change the way I approach whatever it is that has made me feel like that.

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Talking and hugging; simple yet effective!

2. Don’t beat yourself up about it. I feel this ties in with the first point, particularly when you can’t determine the exact cause of your reading slump. As book bloggers, being in a reading slump is distressing. Your eyes frantically scan your blog, locking on the date of your last review. Last week, two weeks ago…it doesn’t matter how long ago it was, it will still induce feelings of guilt and make you feel like complete and utter shit. Criticising yourself doesn’t help. Hell, if anything it makes it worse. By making yourself feel useless as a blogger and bookworm, you bring yourself down and the whole cycle starts again. If you’re in a reading slump, don’t sweat it, okay? Your followers and blogging friends will still be there when you return to the bookish blogosphere. We get it completely and you don’t need to feel bad about it. This knowledge alone can help immensely.

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“No recent book reviews anywhere!”

3. Magazines! Magazines are a god send when it comes to tackling the ol’ reading slump. If the above two points don’t apply to you, that’s fine. Sometimes reading slumps arise from just needing a break from heavy reading. Magazines offer a bit of light relief and give your brain a mental break, all while still enriching it. It’s a win-win situation when it comes to magazines! Happy days!

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4. Try something different. At the tail end of last year, I went through a massive reading slump and it was primarily because I was sick to the back teeth of paranormal romance. It’s the genre I initially built my blog around and, consequently, I felt I had a duty to read that genre and that genre alone. I began to feel as though I was reading the same story over and over, but with different characters and maybe a different location. I was bored and just couldn’t be arsed to read anymore. In January 2017, I decided to change things around and pledged to read more widely. Now, I dabble in all genres (well, I don’t literally mean all. Were you aware that dinosaur erotica was a thing? Nope? I’m sure your life was better without that horrific tidbit of information, so I apologise) and as a result, reading became exciting for me once more!

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My reaction to the knowledge that dinosaur erotica exists.

5. Switch off from social media for a while. Social media…ah, it’s a great yet terrible thing, isn’t it? On the one hand, you get to meet shit tons of new people and keep in touch with friends, old and new alike. On the other…well, it’s distracting as hell. Two months after buying Charles Bukowski’s The Pleasures of the Damned as a bedtime reading book, I’m not even a quarter of the way through it and do you know why!? Because I lie in bed watching videos of sloths being bathed and hung out to dry or guinea pigs playing tug of war with lettuce leaves! There! I admitted it! My point is that social media can be distracting and very often, I’ll leave my phone on charge in my bedroom while I go have breakfast. As a result, I usually fit in at least an hour of undisturbed reading in the morning (well, work depending). I’m not saying you should go on a social media detox (those guinea pig pics on Instagram won’t like themselves!) but more you should hide your phones and tablets for an hour or two each day. It works wonders!

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The age old question…

Do you often suffer from reading slump? If so, what do you do? Let me know in the comments below! 

22 thoughts on “Curing the reading slump

  1. Lmao, you got Dino porn in the post, sniggers! I think lots more people know about that genre after my cover posts brought to light the craziness that is Dino porn!😂

    Hey, it often takes me a week to read a 300 page book as I’m a slow reader! Not everyone can read a book every couple of days and I read more at the weekend so in the week I try to get 50 pages a day read, weekend it’s often more. I read The Fourth Monkey over last weekend, 400 pages in 2 days which was awesome for me. So I completely agree about reading a different genre at times.😀

    I agree with you too about mood being a factor, when I’m unhappy I don’t feel like reading as much and often struggle to focus on the book as my mind wanders to being unhappy.

    My main issue is not knowing what to read next after I’ve finished my book!

    OK, so you started the post inviting everyone into bed with you! Lmao!😂 Remember those book covers I made and book blogger porn ‘closed to requests’ well, it looks like we have a sequel ‘jizzing with Jazz’.😂😂😂

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    1. I did consider tagging you in the post and telling people to check out your blog if they wanted more info because you do seem to be the dino porn expert after all! ;D But I figured you’d be less than impressed and would probably send an abundance of pigeon gifs my way.
      Yeah, I’m a slow reader too. I’m reading this one book at the moment and while it’s good, I’ve been reading for a week and I’m only two thirds of the way through it! It’s only 300 pages long!
      It’s strange, isn’t it? You’d think when we’re unhappy that’s when we’d read the most, escapism and all that, but it’s sadly not the case. I think the mind wandering is exactly what makes it so difficult to concentrate.
      ‘Jizzing with Jazz’. I doubt snuggling with me and drinking tea would really induce that effect in people 😛 But I do like the ring it has to it! That could be the name of my next podcast series if I ever do one! 😂

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      1. It’s a fun name!😂😂😂 Maybe even change Jazztin to Jizztin!😂😂😂

        Yeah, it’s weird about escapism, if I’m reading a book and enjoying it then I can lose myself in it, often even when unhappy but if it’s a book I’m not really enjoying or it’s a new read I’m yet to get into then I find it hard to concentrate.

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  2. Omg! I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog! You’re so funny! Your post put a smile on my face. Also, usually when I’m in a reading slump I like to change up the format: hardcover, paperback, e-book, graphic novel, etc. I also am such a mood reader!

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    1. Aww thank you so much! That’s so sweet of you to say! I enjoy writing on my blog and I’m so happy to hear that it’s put a smile on your face ❤
      I've never heard of that method before, but it's funny you should say that because I had an Amazon delivery of a hardcover book today! Perhaps I'll read that next, see if the change of formatting will work for me as well 😀

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  3. you just nailed it with this post! love the gifs as well- good job! ☺👌

    I do have reading slumps but I usually get over them quite quick… it does suck mahoosive tho when the slump attacks… makes a bookworm restless!

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  4. LOVED this! I’ve been in a reading slump the last several weeks ( priorities shifted and there have been family emergencies that have made me feel too depressed to pick up a book and read.)

    I agree about the social network being a HUGE distraction. I have a serious love-hate relationship with it because I procrastinate way too often when I’m on my phone, browsing the web.

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  5. For me it’s usually if I’m forcing myself to finish a book I’m really not enjoying. In the end, if I’m really not enjoying it, I figure I may as well move onto something I might enjoy!

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