Reading slumps are one of the worse things that I can ever fall into. Mostly because it makes it difficult to blog/read others’ blog posts because I haven’t read a certain book; relating and discussing the book and avoiding spoilers can be difficult. Every avid reader goes into a reading slump at least ONCE in their lifetime, and if they haven’t: I would love to hear how they have managed to escape it.
According to Urban Dictionary, a Reading Slump 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.”
1. binge watching
Binge watching is basically the reason I fall into an anything slump. I am a huge TV person, I watch a variety of shows and it is never good when I discover a new one, especially a Netflix show (because all their episodes are released in one day, giving me no limits). I’m sure everyone has fallen into a reading slump because of a good show, and if you haven’t: you haven’t found the right show.
2. bookish heartbreak
My longest reading slump was over a year. It was mostly because of TFIOS (The Fault In Our Stars). I wasn’t much of an avid reader back then, I only read series’ that I liked and I didn’t really explore books. Someone recommended TFIOS to me and it was the first book that made me afraid to read anything else because I didn’t want to feel all of those emotions again. When I joined the bookish community, I discovered a whole range of books that will make you feel 10000+ more emotions than TFIOS, and yup, I avoided those for a long time. Some I am still avoiding (I’m looking at you, The Last Time We Said Goodbye).
Good ol’ school.. The number one reason I usually can’t do everything I’d want to: sleep, binge watch, read, etc. Being in my last year of high school, everything gets pretty hectic. Going into senior year, the workload really hit me, it wasn’t a gradual build. I don’t think school would be a big issue if there’s a good schedule for doing school work.
Sometimes, there are other things more important to do. It could be work, school, chores, social events, family events. This is a really simple, though unlikely (for me), reason. In some cases, there is no time for reading.
5. It starts feeling like work
I usually stop doing things I love to do when they start to feel like work. In some cases, when I have to finish a book by a certain time or have a blog post for it done by a certain time, I tend to put it off, for the one reason that it has a due date attached to it. I hope it’s not just me.
I’ve split this into two sections: 1) procrastinating from something else and 2) procrastinating from a bad book
Usually when I’m putting off other work such as school or chores, I pick up a book. Though I’m not always 100% concentrating because those tasks are haunting my head, resulting me in having to read over and over again because the story isn’t sinking in. In other cases, I tend to put off reading because I am in the middle of the book that I simply can’t seem to enjoy and, for some reason, won’t put it on the DNF list.
What are your reasons for falling into a reading slump? could you relate to some of mine? any advice to fix any of the reasons above? let me know 🙂 let’s talk bookish