Monday, 12 June 2017

I'm in a Reading Slump

Lately, I haven't been reading much. I've a couple of books on the go which I'm dipping in and out of, but nothing that want to return to and devour. I'm just not really enjoying reading at the moment, and as much as I hate not wanting to read, trying to force myself doesn't always help. But I'm in a bit of a slump and ultimately, I want out.

But how do you get out of a reading slump? And why do they suddenly pop up? It’s a subjective topic but I think for me they can happen when I’ve been reading a bit too much. Sounds crazy – how can you read too much? Most of us set ourselves goals to read as many books as we can in a year; something which we continue to do again and again, because reading is something so many of us love. So how can you have too much of it? Again, it’s different for every person but for me, I think I’m just a bit burnt out.

For the past few years I’ve set myself a target of reading 40 books and each year I’ve successfully read a little more than the previous year. 2017 is no different and I’m actually the furthest ahead I’ve been at this point in the yea. I’m proud of that – of course I am! I’m doing something I love and with each month I’m discovery new stories to read. It’s my passion and hobby, something I’ve adored doing since I was little. Sometimes however, you just feel like you need a break.  A break to do other things in your down time: watch some Netflix, see friends, or maybe just browse the internet. I want to read and there’s a little voice in the back of my mind telling me that I should pick up a book and get off Twitter, but right now, I don’t really want too. And guess what? That’s okay.

Reading slumps are something that we readers always have ever now and again. Our mind-set changes or life becomes suddenly hectic and we don’t always have the time to curl up on our sofas and snuggle with a book for a few hours. I like to read before bed but I’m so tired after a day a work sometimes my eyes can’t focus on the page long enough to get in to the story and I end up instead watching an episode of Family Guy. Like anything in life we all need a break from it sometimes, even reading. Otherwise you end up burnt out and not wanting to touch your TBR pile.

So as much as I hate reading slumps, I’ve come to accept that they happen from time to time. I don’t think there’s anything in particular that I do to help me come out of it, I just don’t read for a while. I do whatever else I fancy doing instead until I see a book on my shelf that catches my interest out of the blue, or I pick up a book on my bedside table and find I’m enjoying the experience again. For now, I’m quite liking watching Netflix and scrolling through the internet. Season 5 of Orange is the New Black has arrived so I’ve got plenty to do to keep myself occupied. When the feeling takes me, I’ll pick up a book. Slumps may seem annoying at the time but they pass so I’m just going to ride it out. 

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