Reading Slumps & How Much They Suck

We’ve all had them, unless you’re some super human who can just read and read and read without ever having this problem (in which case, I hate you [not really, let me just be jealous]). Reading slumps are some of the worst things ever. They hit you at some of the most inopportune times and it can drive your crazy. But not only can reading slumps come unexpectedly, they can last for a long time.

Seriously, think about it: when was the last time you were in a slump? How long did it last?

I’ve been in a slump for about two weeks now, all through the read-a-thons I was participating in, bout of books/crush your TBR & RYBSAT. I’m so ashamed of my lack of progress I don’t think I’m even going to do a wrap up post for the read-a-thons because, well, I didn’t do so hot (or as well as I was hoping). Well… I might do a wrap-up, but anyway. It was hard to just sit down and enjoy what I was reading because I felt like I was forcing myself to do it. But I thought it would be a challenge and fun, but it was… difficult, at best.

And it’s not that I don’t want to read – I do – but there’s just this feeling I’ve been having lately of wanting to do everything all at once and just giving up and not doing any of it (like reading, writing, walking, watching Netflix, etc.). It’s driving me up a wall.

It’s also not because of the books I’m trying to read either; I’m very interested in the books I’m choosing, as most of them are sequels of some kind at the moment, and I’m enjoying them so far.

I can’t figure out what it is.

What about you? Do you ever get into a slump and have to drag yourself through the mud to get out of it? Or do you just ride it out and hope for the best?

I don’t want to wait too long in case I lose interest in the books I have (because, let’s face it, it can happen), but I also don’t want to keep forcing myself to stare at the pages when I’m getting nothing from them and I’m not enjoying myself.

What are some recommendations for getting out of a slump? Do you force yourself to keep reading, find something else to do, or do you perhaps switch it up and try to read a completely different genre than you had been before? Let me know!

9 thoughts on “Reading Slumps & How Much They Suck

  1. If I’m not enjoying what I’m reading regardless of what I’m trying to read, I do something else. I play video games or write or watch netflix. Taking a walk can really help clear my head (and can be good for listening to audiobooks–sometimes the change in format is also helpful).

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  2. When I am on a reading slump I usually occupy myself with something else like watching TV or K-Dramas (I saw your previous comment).haha


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