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.

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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?

Writing Slumps & How Much They Suck

Well, it’s pretty much the last week of NaNoWriMo and I only wrote a few times during the first week. Pretty much: I gave up. It’s not that I didn’t like what I was writing because I worked on this story earlier in the year, it’s just I’m so drained of energy after working 8-10 hours that I have no oomph to think about writing.

I find that slumps in general just suck. I’m in a huge reading and writing slump and it makes me sad because I absolutely loved doing both at the beginning of the year before I started my full time job; now it just kind of feels like a chore to do either.

But since I already talked about reading slumps and how much they suck, let me talk today about writing slumps and how annoying they can be.

When you’re writing a story, at least from my experience, you become engulfed in that world and you want to know more about your own characters, the world in which they live, how society, magic, whatever works in that world. I know when I was writing this story back in March or April, I was so in love with it. I was on a roll and I managed to reach my goal of 50,000 words written – it was awesome!

And then soon after that, after Camp NaNoWriMo ended, I slowed down to the point I stopped writing. It’s not that I didn’t want to continue my story – I knew where I wanted it to go, what plot points I wanted to add, etc – but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it since I didn’t have a word goal to work toward anymore.

I think that for me, I need that word count goal to work toward. So you’d think that with NaNoWriMo I’d be totally set, right? Well, I hadn’t written for so long at that point that writing was 1) refreshing, but 2) was also a pain. I had to pick up where I left off, and I wasn’t super happy with what I had written and I didn’t want to rewrite until I reach the editing stage.

Unfortunately that means that I’ve put off actually completing much of any writing for this month. I wrote over 5,000 words for this NaNoWriMo, which is awesome, but it still wasn’t enough for me to be happy with.

I think that part of the problem is my job, as I’ve stated, but it’s also just me. I’ve become incredibly lazy when it comes to my passions and that alone scares me. It’s incredibly hard for me to focus on what I’m reading lately, and I think that’s translating over to my writing.

Nowadays I just want to sit on YouTube all day and watch videos, or listen to music, or watch Netflix. It’s so frustrating and it upsets me, but I also don’t do much to change it.

So what about getting out of a slump? What about getting out of a writing slump and pushing through to finish the story?

Well, I’m going to seriously look at what’s important to me and try to figure out some sort of schedule or something to work for me.

What about you? If you’re a writer, do you feel like you get stuck often, or do you just chug through to the end? Let me know!

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!