Last 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?
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.