Sigh, I think I have entered a dreaded slump. School has been so crazy this semester and especially this month that I just haven’t found myself reaching for my book. And then when I do I tend to fall asleep reading it. It doesn’t help that I have so much to read this month. I am in a panic, and when that happens I tend to avoid what I need to get done even more (counterintuitive, I know). So, lets talk on how to handle a slump:
Just Keep Reading
I know this sounds counterintuitive, but sometimes you have reading deadlines and need to get through it. In these instances I recommend reading for short periods of time throughout the day instead of just one big chunk of time. Take 10-15 minutes here and there to read a bit and hopefully this helps draw you out of the slump, but even if it doesn’t you’re at least still getting through your readings (albeit maybe a little slower than normal).
Try a New Genre
Try something new! I find that this is sometimes my biggest issue. I get stuck on specific genres and read them so frequently that my mind just cannot accept reading anything more from that genre. This is actually my current issue! I absolutely love (and always have) fantasy, but I find that I went a little too deep and gung-ho on reading SO MUCH of it, with little else to offset it. It’s gotten to the point where some of my favorite recent reads are the few non-fantasy books I read. So, I’m trying to broaden my horizons. I’ve been signing up for more book tours that are from diverse genres (hello all of my upcoming historical fiction books, I am ready for you) and I have been requesting arcs of all different types of books! I’ve also been trying to expand my “adult” books and have been wandering the fiction sections of the bookstores more frequently (even though the YA sections will always be my home). So, I dare you to be genre inclusive in your reading. Explore a little, maybe you’ll find a new favorite author!
Revisit an Old Favorite
Sometimes it helps to just read a favorite. Something that you can go back to over and over and love it a little more every time. Something that you crave when you haven’t read it in a while. Something that you find yourself comparing new reads to. I actually try to include one reread each month. I pick either an old favorite that I may not have revisited in a while, one in a series that I have been slowly rereading, or a book that I may have just reread recently but want to revisit AGAIN because I love it so much (HIIIIII Lux series). I find that my *old* self often craves the YA books I grew up with, aka, the original favorites. So, I indulge myself and don’t force myself to always pick the newest hyped up book.
Take a Break
Just. Stop. Reading. Sometimes your mind needs a little break from it! And that’s perfectly ok! Watch some tv, veg out, go shopping, just do something other than reading. We all get worn out from doing the same thing over and over, even if it is your favorite thing to do. Everyone needs a break sometimes. It’s also really important to do this because you most likely won’t enjoy the book if you are forcing yourself to get through it. Save the read for when you’re in the mood and excited to read it, you’ll enjoy it so much more that way and probably draw different conclusions from it!
Get off your hiney and take walk, go on a hike, do a run (or a “sprint” if you die really quickly like me), walk your dog. Get some Vitamin D and your blood pumping! I know this sounds so obnoxious, but it helps to get up and moving to clear away some of that fog in your mind. You become more awake and “wired,” which will hopefully help you in getting pumped to read!
So, what are your tips and tricks of getting through a slump? Share your suggestions!