Seasonal Reading Slumps

Hey peeps, so this little discussion kind of ties in with a discussion I had earlier this month about reading certain books during certain times of the year but this particular discussion is more focused around having a reading slump around the same time each year.

I noticed this last year around this time that I was hit very hard with a reading slump. It sucked so, so, SO much, but I still tried to read some books that I was highly anticipating and enjoy what I could. The only problem I found with that was that my reading experience and enjoyment of those books felt diminished than if I would have read them at an earlier or later time. I didn’t want my mood or the time of the year to reflect poorly on my reading experience, but as a result my reading slowed down tremendously and I felt like I was dragging my feet just to get a book read.

Now I don’t know if this is because I was trying to read books I just wasn’t in the mood to read or if outside circumstances were causing me to focus more on them than on books, but I do know that I struggled a lot and I was not a fan of that.

For me, personally, I know my biggest season of struggle for reading is summer. This year in particular, as soon as June started, I didn’t want to read at all. I barely read anything in several books before I put them down and wanted to do other things. And I’m not saying that doing other things isn’t fun or important, but I still wanted to read! This happened around the same time last year, too, and I barely read anything all summer.

This past spring, though, I read a lot of books. Within the first six months of this year I’ve read 28 books. I’d call that a success for me, and my reading was also around the same amount last year, too, within the first six months. The second half of the year, once fall and early winter started, was also when my reading picked up again and I read a bunch more books and met my goal for that year. I felt relieved and happy that my slump had finally gone away.

But now I’m worried that I’m going to have seasonal slumps every year. It sucks because there are a lot of cool books coming out this summer that I definitely want to read, but I don’t know if I’m going to be in a slump and want to or not.

I think that I’m going to do my best to power through the books because I know I’ll find that one book that definitely brings me out of my slump, and like I stated in my other discussion: summer reading, for me, is meant to be light hearted contemporaries. So maybe I’ll read more contemps and less fantasies.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Do you feel you’re ever in a seasonal reading slump? What do you do to get out of it or do you just accept it? What times of the year are your strongest reading times?

Bout of Books 14 Day 4

Late night update ahoy! So Bout of Books day four was slow, but I did manage to read a little bit.

So what I read was:

  • The Final Empire: 19 pages

That was one chapter in the book, and even though it’s not a lot, at least I managed to get through some of it. I’m enjoying the book and the plot is becoming a lot more complicated and interesting, so I’m excited to see where it goes.

As far as the other books are concerned… yeah, I haven’t really picked them up much.

I also participated in the challenge that took place yesterday and it was to find four books that best represented the four seasons. Here’s what I came up with:

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I had some left over craft items from my wedding and so I figured I’d represent and show the seasons in a much more visual way, and frankly, I love how it turned out.

Today’s reading hasn’t really happened as I’ve been wicked busy because some friends are getting married in the morning, so I don’t know how much reading I’ll get done the next day or so.

How is your reading progress coming along? Are you keeping up? Did you complete your goals already? Let me know!