Hey loves! The sky is sobbing cold tears, so I’m currently buried beneath a hoard of blankets, but all is well! I’ve been eagerly anticipating this colder weather, and can’t wait to pull out all my cozy sweaters – my sweater obsession is something we may discuss at a later date. This past month, I’ve severely cut back on both blogging and reading, to focus primarily on school. With finals peeking around the corner, it’s been a tad stressful, but I’m glad to announce that I should be back to blogging consistently in about two weeks! Since I haven’t been as active with blogging and reading lately, I’ve fallen into a slight slump. I’m sure we’ve all experienced this dreadful fate before, but fear no more! Today, I decided to share a few methods that have personally helped me kick myself out of a slump! Hopefully these tactics will prove to be helpful to some of you, as well!
Assess The Cause Of Your Slump
Before we can remedy the situation, we must first find out why you’ve entered a slump. Did an unappealing novel bore you to death? Was a lengthy novel simply too time consuming, and shattered a bit of your desire to read at the moment? Too much reading? Before you call me crazy, yes, reading a lot can drag some people into a slump, unfortunately! I find that the most common reason for me to enter a slump, is that my life becomes too hectic, and reading drops to the bottom of my priority list. Once you’ve discovered what the cause is, the first thing I would recommend is to stop forcing yourself to do whatever is causing the slump. If a book you’re reading is starting to feel like a chore, or is truly beginning to feel unpleasant, there’s no harm in tucking it away. DNF’ing a novel isn’t something to be ashamed of, and it certainly can be beneficial for you. Even taking a short break from reading can be a valuable decision.
Your Mood Can Influence How Enjoyable You Find A Book
It’s not secret that I’m a huge mood reader. I often butcher my TBR like a turkey on Thanksgiving morning, but there are times when I can roughly follow my to-read schedule. With that being said, I can hardly ever force myself to read a book I’m not in the mood for, because I know that it will likely result in me entering a slump. If I don’t particularly wish to read a dark fantasy at the moment, I’ll pick up a fluffy contemporary instead, and vice versa. If I read a book I’m not too intrigued in – perhaps because of reading pressure or the book was a library loan – I’ll likely bestow a lower rating on it than I would’ve if I read it at a better time. By diving into a book with an already negative mindset, I’ll have a preconceived idea that I won’t enjoy the story. This isn’t fair to myself or the author, so I typically try to only read books that I’m genuinely keen on reading at the moment.
ARC’s Can Occasionally Be The Death of Me
I’ve previously talked about the Pros and Cons of ARCs, and one aspect of these that has personally been a bit of a nuisance for me, is how they can drag me into a slump. With ARCs, one makes an agreement to the author and publisher to read and review their novel, so it’s no surprise that it can be a tedious task to finish a book that isn’t your cup of tea. Of course, DNF’ing an ARC is entirely up to the reader, but I personally, feel awfully guilty if I don’t finish them. When this happens, I try to read novels of my own choosing in addition to the ARC.
Switch Genres Up!
There are plenty of times when I feel “fantasy-d out” and simply need a mix up with the genres I read to crawl out of this slump. The change of pace, and difference in the feel of the book can greatly affect how much I want to read. It’s only natural that we, readers, crave new experiences and worlds to pour ourselves into. What better way to acquire this than by genre hopping?
Short Stories And Novellas Are The Way To Go
Large novels and series intimidate me to no end. If I see a book that’s over 500 pages, I run for the hills – unless, it’s a book by an author I loved … yes, I’m looking at you Sarah J. Maas and V.E. Schwab. Regardless of whether or not a tome is the reason I fell into a slump, I find that reading short stories and novellas are a lovely way to rekindle my reading spirit.
Revisit Old Favorites
Whenever I can’t finish a new book, I bury myself in old favorites. Harry Potter, Lunar Chronicles, Percy Jackson, etc. Revisiting the characters and universes that have a special place in your heart is one of the best ways in my opinion, to destroy your slump. Remember why you love reading, and take a trip down memory lane in your favorite fictional stories!
Engage With the Reading Community
One of the many beauties of the reading and blogging community, is that you can have recs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! I adore reading reviews, and seeing which books the community loves and recommends! I’ve discovered so many of my favorite books this way, and it has helped me kick myself out of a slump more than once!
Set A Goal! Motivation is Key
Reading goals are exactly what I need to motivate myself. I’m a bit of an overachiever, so if I have a particular goal in mind for anything, I’ll try my hardest to reach it. A little self-encouragement and incentive to acquire a goal is never harmful. I would definitely suggest starting off with modest goals, and building your way up gradually.