Some of you may be reading the title and asking what in the world is a reading slump? Well my bookish and non-bookish peeps; A reading slump as described on Urban Dictionary is a readers worst nightmare, not being able to pick up a book and read because you just can’t, you just can’t read. This essentially means that a reader wants to be reading and enjoying a book, but just can’t bring themselves to read.
I have recently started placing this feeling with moments in my life when depression and anxiety start rearing their evil heads. Reading brings me immense joy and the fact that my brain is sending signals to not have this joy is a sign for me that maybe I need to look in on myself, find out what is going on.
Not everyone who suffers from reading slumps also suffers from depression and anxiety though, I have several friends who have stress induced reading slumps. I have witnessed this myself where they put too much pressure on themselves to read and in turn just can’t. Reading slumps can come on at anytime for a number of reasons. They can also last for any length of time. A reader will do a number of this to try and bread a slump, listed below are the things I have done to break reading slumps. Maybe some of these could help some of you one day.
First and foremost, try to find out what is triggering the reading slump in the first place. Get yourself into a nice head space before moving on to the list below to break the slump.
- Grab up your all time favourite book off your shelf, try reading of perusing it. Just remember the feelings you had once associated with this book. The joy it once brought you as a reader.
- Head to the bookstore, for a lot of readers their favourite bookstore is a happy place. When I get in a bad slump I will usually head to the store with the intention of leaving with only 1 book. Chat with the associates and find out what their all time favourite book. If none of their favourites fancy you, grab a new edition of your favourite title.f
- Genre reading is another way I have gotten out of a slump. I know personally I can get very absorbed into a great contemporary romance. I will grab a new romance and just throw myself into it… Most of the time I stick.
- Read a small book when all else fails. When nothing else has worked my last resort is to grab a novella or anthology and just read that. Finishing a short story shows progress and will usually always break the slump in a last ditch effort.
Is there anything you do differently in a reading slump?
How do you break your slumps?
Let me know in the comments below … I love hearing from all of you bookish people.