Confessions of a Book Blogger: Welcome to my First Reading Slump

bloggraphicLast week I started to read two very good and interesting books, but due to what I then thought was time constraints (between Matt graduating and getting ready for a craft show) I didn’t get much of anything read last week. This week has come and gone (almost) and I think that I have read maybe a handful of short-ish chapters in one of the books (Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor). I still love the book, the characters, and the world… but I am having trouble finding the motivation to read and I just don’t feel like I am in the mood to read.

Could this be my first real reading slump?

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These books sit on my nightstand or I carry them around in my bag on a daily basis, yet I just don’t pick them up and read.

What do you do when you feel this way about reading or books in general?

 

I was surfing around the net earlier today and found a bunch of tips on how to turn my situation around. Here are a couple of ones that I thought might help me out a bit.

  • Make time to read. How can someone fit reading into their busy daily lives if they don’t set aside time to read? Even if it is only 20 minutes at a time. This could honestly be my biggest problem. I have so much going on at work and at home that I don’t feel like I have time to read. Since it’s Friday and a long weekend. Maybe I should set aside an hour a day for the next couple of days and get some reading done.
  • Get cozy. Find a comfy place with little distraction and get to reading. For me, reading in bed just isn’t comfy. I get all slouchy or fall asleep with the book in my hands and end up loosing my place. But, I love curling up on the corner piece of our couch with a blanket and a book and just reading. When it’s nice out and the sun is shining I like to grab a blanket sit in the grass and read.
  •  Re-read an old favorite. This is one of the suggestions I see the most when people talk about reading slumps. The only problem I have with this is that I am currently reading two books and don’t want to completely forget what is going on in them. Maybe after I finish one of them I can do a re-read (see next point).
  • Read a shorter book. Days of Blood and Starlight is a pretty chunky book. As a book blogger, I have found it really difficult to constantly read chunky books because they take longer and I want to read at least one book a week (which I already haven’t been doing lately). I think what I might do is re-read an old favorite that is a nice, short book. Recently I picked up a new copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Maybe this book will help me out a bit and break up the longer books I’ve been reading.

What are some ways that you have gotten out of a reading slump? Do you have any tips?

7 thoughts on “Confessions of a Book Blogger: Welcome to my First Reading Slump

  1. Christine says:

    Make yourself log off. When I am in a reading slump, I find myself doing a lot more surfing and reading other people’s blog posts. If I go into a room where I am no where near an iPhone, laptop, chrome book, iPad (or whatever surfing device you use), then I’m able to read and concentrate without getting distracted. This allows me to get immersed in the book.

    • amandasnoseinabook says:

      Great advice! Thank you! I have been trying not to spend a lot of time online when I am at home (seeing as that is my job 40 hours a week). But even my phone and such are distractions. I need to turn everything off and just read!

  2. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms says:

    I usually try to read short stories or novellas to get into reading again. Also, instead of reading books for review or books that I’m obligated to read, I just read something cute and fluffy. LOVE that Castiel gif. And hope you get over your reading slump soon!

  3. organizednowplease says:

    Sometimes I find that it was the book that I wasn’t into rather than reading itself. I used to feel the need to finish a book even if I don’t like it. I’ve now given myself permission to skim sections or drop a book if I’m not into it. I’ve also went to leaving books in my car for times that I am waiting.

  4. Michelle says:

    If I go into a “reading slump” I usually walk away from that book for a bit (even if I had been enjoying it) and try something else. Usually works for me.

    This happens to me often after I finish a really good book and then the one I pick up next just can’t live up…

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