Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. Today’s topic was suggested by Rafaela @ The Portuguese Bibliophile. The topic is: What are the best ways to get over reading slumps? I’m glad we’re talking about this because I don’t think there’s anything worse than forcing yourself to read when you’re not in the mood.
Now, let’s Talk!
Why I get into slumps
- I just finished reading a long book (400+ pages )
- The last book I read wasn’t enjoyable (3 stars or less)
- It took me more than 4 consecutive days to finish a book (usually only happens if I’m not loving the book)
How long my slumps last/what I do to try to prevent them
Not long, at least not yet. I’ve read more books this year than I’ve read in the last five years for sure. I feel like I have a lot of catching up to do, so I won’t be surprised when I eventually start to slow down. Right now, I usually read for a few days in a row and then take a day or two off. Although, I think I had a period where I took closer to a week off.
Slumps are inevitable. I try to prevent them by varying the genres of books I read and the length. I don’t mind reading two to three books of the same genre in a row, but after that, I need to mix it up. After reading anything that makes me cry, I’ll most likely pick a light-hearted romance next. I prefer to read books with a page range from high 200s to mid 300s. I find that after reading a long book, I’m more motivated to jump into my next book when it’s short.
What I do to get out of a slump
Forcing myself to read isn’t good, but not doing anything to get out of a slump is worse. My go-to’s are doing something enjoyable or taking care of a chore because at least that way, I can still feel productive. As for things I enjoy, I like watching Netflix or Youtube and spending time reading everyone’s blog posts.
Feeling guilty for spending a day or two without reading sucks, and it does happen, so I’m still working on that. I think we all need to be reminded that taking breaks is necessary, not just for reading but for anything. If I’m trying to write a book review and I get writer’s block, after a certain point, staring at my computer screen only frustrates me more. It took me a long time to learn that. I used to think that I needed to focus more, but now I know that taking a break is more effective.
What I’ve learned
I’m a big believer in DNF-ing books. Luckily, I haven’t had to do that in months, and even though I feel a small amount of guilt for doing it, it’s worth it. Sometimes I start a book, and it ends up not being my cup of tea, either because of the characters, the writing style, or the pacing, and I think that’s okay. But that doesn’t mean I’ll give up on that author forever. Pacing is one of the biggest factors. A blurb can sound exactly like something I’d enjoy, but if the story takes too long to get going, I’ll consider DNF-ing, depending on the other factors I mentioned.
I think I speak for everyone when I say: sometimes we put too much pressure on ourselves. I like to publish posts consistently, and if I’ve fallen behind on my reading schedule and won’t be able to get a book review up on time, I get stressed. I’ve learned to write a different kind of post in the meantime and not rush myself, which helps. Reading should be fun, so remember to be kind to yourself.
That’s it for my LTB post; I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else has to say about this topic!