Hi everyone, I hope you are all having an amazing day and staying safe. I am here with another Let’s Talk Bookish post. This is a meme hosted by Rukky at Eternity Books and Dani at Literary Lion and each month they come up with a list of topics for us all to discuss and share our opinions on as well as spreading the love by reading each others posts.
JULY 16: WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS TO GET OVER READING SLUMPS? (RAFAELA @ THE PORTUGESE BIBLIOPHILE)
Prompts: Sometimes you just don’t want to read anymore, how do you get back into it? Do you give yourself a break? Watch booktube or read blogs? Read an old favourite book to reignite that spark? Do you just force yourself through it? Maybe you read a picture book or a graphic novel?
As you all know, one thing that all readers have in common is the dreaded book slump. Sometimes you can feel it slowly starting to get a hold of you and at others it comes out of nowhere, but however it turns up it’s always unwanted and leaves you wondering how the hell to move on from it.
There are so many different ways and things you can do to get yourself out of a book slump but not all of them are going to work for everyone. So I want to take you through the steps that I take when the book slump hits.
- Step one is always denial. I dont know about anyone else but when I feel I book slump hitting I try as hard as I can to pretend it’s not happened and just push through however this never works.
- Which takes us to step two where I will try and watch booktube or read blog posts to try and get myself excited for books and reading again. Sometimes this works other times it doesn’t as sometimes my slump includes anything to do with books not just actually reading them.
- Step three happens when I feel step one is working and this is where I will either pick a book that I an highly anticipating and excited to read or I give one of my favourite books a reread.
- The last step is basically where I give up on all of the above and allow myself to take a break from reading in order to stop it from feeling like a chore and allow my excitement for reading to come back naturally.
This last step is the one that I usually end up on and I would probably save a lot of time and get back to reading quicker if I just went with this one straight away but I suck at taking my own advice and try and power through regardless of knowing that it’s probably futile.
What did you do to help with a reading slump? Do you have a specific process you go through??
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Watching Booktube to get out of a slump is actually a great idea!! I never considered that one.
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Sometimes seeing other people’s excitement over books can really bring yours back, it also gives you a little break from reading yourself. Hope you find it helpful if you ever give it a try 💜💜