Let’s Talk Bookish weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. This is one of my favourite memes as it really gets me thinking. I’m posting this one a bit late as I’m in a bit of a blogging slump after being in a reading slump! How ironic! But never mind, time to do some catching up.
JULY 16: WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS TO GET OVER READING SLUMPS? (RAFAELA @ THE PORTUGESE BIBLIOPHILE)
Prompts: Sometimes you just don’t want to read anymore, how do you get back into it? Do you give yourself a break? Watch booktube or read blogs? Read an old favourite book to reignite that spark? Do you just force yourself through it? Maybe you read a picture book or a graphic novel?
I think I was in a reading slump for several years, from early adolescence to my mid twenties. I’ve written before about my journey back into reading and I’m really glad I’ve got back in it.
Recently I’ve been through quite a reading and blogging slump. This has lasted for a couple months. I put this down to my job. We’ve not been having the most fun time in secondary education with teacher assessed grades which has added a lot of extra work and stress onto an already stressful and busy work schedule. Fortunately, we are out the other side now – fingers crossed.
When I started in my slump, I was beating myself up a little. I thought if I just turned off the TV and put down my phone, I would be able to read. However, that just wasn’t the case. My brain was so frazzled that I just needed a break and to do what I felt like to help maintain balance. How can I possible enjoy this hobby if it becomes a chore?
I’m starting to get back into the swing of things now with reading as it’s the summer holidays. I’m still not reading at the same rate as I normally do for several reasons: I have a puppy which needs a lot of supervision; it’s been too hot for me to really concentrate on anything; I’ve been pursuing my other hobby of sewing instead. And that’s fine!
So here are some of the things I do when I’m in a slump:
- take a break – I might need one to get a bit of brain space!
- listen to an audiobook – sometimes changing format can really help
- listen to or reread an old favourite – I find this really comforting in times of stress because I don’t have to worry about missing details.
- mood read – I DNF a lot of books when I’m in a slump as I’m just trying to find what feels right for me. Doesn’t mean I won’t come back to that book in the future – it’s just not the right time for it.
At the end of the day, I think reading slumps are perfectly normal. They don’t make us any less of a reader. Life is messy. I don’t think there’s a panacea for reading slumps, but it will always pass (eventually!).