Do you ever find yourself in an unexpected reading slump? Feeling slightly down that you can’t join in with your fellow book lovers who are reading the latest release? Or maybe you’re sad that your daily reading routine has changed, either by slowing down or by being non-existent.
It can be easy to feel shame over not reading as much as other people, or not reading at all. I see this conversation sprinkled throughout the book community on blogs and videos every now and again. I wanted to explore this more and discuss the ways I’m filling the book-shaped hole in my heart whilst I ride through my slump.
After a really successful start to what I thought would be a great reading year — I’ve found myself without an appetite to read. I’ve come to accept this and have removed any shame or guilt about it. My mental health is more important and I need to prioritise that before forcing myself to read books.
Reading books (physical or ebooks) takes up a lot of brainpower. As much as it hurts me to say, I just don’t have the brainpower to spare on reading. Maybe for some of you, reading gives you the therapeutic remediation that you need. Personally, I need to prioritise my time and energy on other things to help recenter myself.
But apart of me loves this community, loves discussing and getting excited about new releases and thrives on book related news. Out of this stemmed a few questions: Why should I stop forcing myself to read books during this time? and How do I engage with this community whilst not actively reading as much?
If books aren’t bringing me joy, why would I force myself to read. I would rather save those books for a later time in life, whether it takes a week, month or year to get better. Most importantly, a book I force myself to read might not nearly be as enjoyable as it would be if I decided to pick it up at a later time.
BOOK PODCAST RECOMMENDATIONS
Recently, I’ve been listening to more podcasts again and have found solace in them. I wanted to share two that I love and have been listening too.
Snark Squad Pod is a culmination of discussions about books, movies, television and anything else that is modern pop culture. I love the discussions that the creators; Marines and Nicole have. I feel apart of those conversations and the friendship between these two creators is so fun to listen too!
Books Unbound is a podcast I’ve recently started listening too and have so far been enjoying the discussions between creators Ariel and Raeleen. Similarly to Snark Squad, the friendship between the two creators just radiates through their conversations and I find so much solace in them. Unlike Snark Squad, books are the soul focus of this podcast.
Sometimes, you’ve got to prioritise your mental health and put a hold on your hobbies. Habits can be rebuilt and reformed. Don’t be so hard on yourself when you’re not reading as much. Those books will be waiting for you when you’re ready.
If you made it here, thanks for reading! Have you ever gone through a slump? Maybe you’re going through one now and have some advice to share yourself!