Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each others’ posts. I came across the topic while browsing and decided to give it a try.
What are the best ways to get over reading slumps?
Sometimes you just don’t want to ready anymore, how do you get back into it?
I have periods when I just can’t get into books. I love reading, and even if a book is not the best, I can usually push through and finish. Until recently, there has not been one book that I just gave up on and didn’t finish (I’ll discuss that book during a later post). So if it’s taking me more than 2-3 days to finish a book, I know I’m in a slump.
There are different reasons for book slumps. For me, if I’ve just finished a fantastic read, a game-changer, it’s hard to leave that story behind and start something new. I finish some books, and it’s tough to find a good follow-up.
Then sometimes, life just happens. Life beats me up, and I just don’t have the energy to stay up and night and read between the sheets (my reading spot). I can have a stack of books waiting for me and can’t make it happen. When this happens I usually take a small break, maybe binge-watch a Netflix series (I’m all about self-care) and get back to regularly scheduled programming.
Do you watch Booktube or read blogs?
I have found that if I’m feeling in a slump, it helps to go and see what books everyone else discusses. I will browse Booktube, Goodreads, and blogs until I see something that stands out. I find that sometimes stepping out of my usual genres can make a big difference. It exposes me to new authors, storytelling, and perspectives. Doing this has broadened the genres I read and helped me maintain my passion for reading.
Maybe read a picture book or a graphic novel?
I do but this is not by choice. I have an eight-year-old son who thankfully developed a love for reading. This includes comics and graphic novels that mostly talk about feet, butts, and farts (eye rolls). He comes in and insists on me reading with him, so I’m often reading or listening to chapters of Dog-Man, Cat Kid, Bad Guys, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. His book choices are another story, but as long as he’s reading, I’m happy.
What do you do to get out of book slumps? Let me know in the comments!