“Thoughtful Ramblings” is a feature where we discuss bookish subjects. These posts are just our own thoughts about certain topics that may get us hot under the collar, and we need a good rant, or just things we want to share with fellow bloggers and readers.
Do you suffer from reading slumps?
You pick up a book and you can’t get past the first couple of chapters, so you try another. But the same thing happens again, and again. You have a TBR pile that’s threatening to topple over and crush you, so you don’t have time for this nonsense! You want to pull your hair out in frustration, even your favourite author isn’t doing the trick. What the hell is going on?!
Does this sound familiar?I seem to suffer from reading slumps on a regular basis. They could be weeks long or just a few days, but either way, it’s still really disheartening. As well as it causing me personal anguish, it gets me behind on my reading for the blog. Sometimes I can barely manage a few books per month.
Sometimes I wonder what causes the sudden onset of a reading funk. Do they start with a book that’s not very good? Or is it just because of what’s going on in my life at that particular time. There are moments when I just want to escape and books help me do that, they can be such life savers, but other times my mind is so full of other things that my concentration is virtually non existent and I can’t seem to get through one page – grrrrr.
In April I had a pretty bad slump with only managing to read three books the entire month. Luckily I had read enough books the month before to have review content for the blog. In July and August I managed to read twenty two books in total, which is amazing for me – I was on such a roll and it felt great…
But then October happened… probably the worst reading slump I’ve ever had *now known as Black October* I didn’t read at all – not one book!
I have noticed that in most cases there is an upside – usually when I come out of a reading slump I feel rejuvenated and go through a mad reading frenzy as if to make up time. One particular genre that has the most success for pulling me out of my reading funk is zombies! It doesn’t work every time *and didn’t during Black October* but I find the shuffling, decaying, putrid undead just the ticket a lot of the time to help me claw my way back towards the light.
Occasionally reading a favourite author has helped *although didn’t during Black October – I even tried Nalini Singh but nada*
Thankfully, while you are reading this, I am semi-back reading, well it’s better than no reading at all, but I’m also nervously anticipating when the darkness of a reading slump will hit me again…
So, do you suffer from reading slumps? What do you do when no matter what book you pick up you just can’t get into it? Is there a particular genre or author that pulls you out of your funk or do you just give up and take a break?