BLOGGERS IN THE ATTIC: Reading Slumps
Hiya storytellers and welcome to another edition of Bloggers in the Attic!
The Bloggers in the Attic is a discussion chain. And what is a discussion chain? Well, it’s pretty simple and with few steps.
Me and other eleven bloggers united together to discuss a common topic, covering the whole arc of February, and sharing our unique perspective. I created the initiative with the wish to create a discussion space that could explore a normal topic for different part of the world.
The rules to participate are pretty simple. So, if you ever wish to take part in the future discussion, please just comment under Camilla’s introduction and first post. Every topic will be discussed bi-monthly, so the next round will be up in April. There’s plenty of time to join in, but the best option is always to enter early. Also, take a look to the group banner
With that said, this month’s theme is all about the dreaded Reading Slump. But before we get into my hot take on reading slumps, lets take a look at the schedule for this months discussion chain!
2nd – Sam @ Fictionally Sam
4th – Lauren @ Northern Plunder
6th – Ben @ Books With Ben
9th – Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward
11th – Sagey @ Sage Shelves
13th – Camillea @ Camillea Reads
16th – Kaleena @ Reader Voracious
18th – Rain @ BookDragonism
20th – Lara @ Naija Book Bae
24th – Isabelle @ Bookwyrm Bites
27th – Dany @ Ambivert Words
I think we can all agree that reading slumps are the absolute worst. Usually they come at the most inopportune times and last for what seems like forever. For those of you who don’t know what reading slumps are; it can simply be described as a time where one wants to read all the books but…can’t.
As someone who just kicked reading slumps butt, I can attest and say that reading slumps are the most annoying thing to ever exist for an avid reader–especially for an avid reader who reviews/blogs/booktubes. So what can we do if we should stumble into it clutches?
Here are four tips that I personally used to help get me out of my Spring reading blues that hopefully you can use for when the Reading Slump demon tries to have tea with you!
Re-reads are god sends
Rereading is my go-to form of defense against the slump monsters, that I have a collection on my kindle, of books that help push me back into the reading mood and makes me want to read all the things! An old favorite can have the power to put you back on your feet and reading again!
Some of my favorite books to reread are:
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata
Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Addicted To You by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Short stories are the slumps krypton
Long books have a tendency to discourage you and can even push you farther into the book slump than you intended. Cue in short stories and graphic novels. Taking on a shorter length story can make you feel accomplished and gets your imagination flowing again for the world of storytelling! These bad boys can also help push you into trying to tackle those longer reads once you feel the slump moving away.
Switch it up!
A change of pace and environment can cure almost anything! Sometimes reading in a different room, location, or genre can really pull you out of the slump zone and into the end zone! For me this definitely helped as I took to going outside and reading while soaking up the sun (before Texas became hell’s front porch). The change of scenery coupled with me trying out a new genre/author really added and sealed the big screw you to the reading slump.
This is a pearl of wisdom that I got from a fellow blogger when I was in the thick of my Slump this year. Honestly I think in that time frame, it was just what I needed. At the end of the day your body knows what it needs and what it doesn’t; so maybe this slump is your body saying “its not you, its me…we need to take a break”. Listen to yourself and if the above doesn’t work, don’t force the slump away but embrace it.
Maybe its the universe telling you that you are three seconds away from being Hamilton in the second act of the show if you don’t take a break (he should have said no); as the old saying goes “too much of a good thing is never good”. Take the time to explore the many other amazing mediums of story telling and fall in love with their stories there–I promise you will make your way back to reading soon.
What are your thoughts?
Thank you so much for tagging along in my portion of the discussion chain and helping me kick off this month’s topic! In a community full of reading, have you ever encountered the dreaded reading slump? If so, what did you do to cure it? Do you believe reading slumps actually exist? Let me know down in the comments!