HOW TO MANAGE YOUR READING SLUMP

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.

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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!

ā€“ Readingismykindofthing

 

6 thoughts on “HOW TO MANAGE YOUR READING SLUMP

  1. I sometimes feel slumpy but it doesn’t happen very often. Maybe it’s because I read a lot of short romance books so it feels like I always have something on my TBR. lol

    I want to try to get back into podcasts so I’ll have to check these two out. Loved your post šŸ™‚

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  2. I was slumping a bit earlier this month. No book was really holding my attention so I started a whole bunch until I found one that worked for me. (I’m now currently reading about 10 books because of this!) But I really think that your advice is the only solution for a book slump. You just have to wait for it to pass!

    I also really love how you said that being in a book slump doesn’t mean that you have to leave the bookish community though. I think that as a blogger, I sometimes fear that I won’t have content if I don’t read, or that I’m a fraud if I’m running a book blog but don’t finish a book for 3 weeks. But there are so many other ways of interacting with the bookish community by reading other blog posts, watching Booktube videos, or listening to podcasts. Not reading for a certain amount of time doesn’t make me less of a reader or any less invested in books! It just means that I can’t focus on reading books at the moment!

    Great post!

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    1. Oh I know that feeling of starting too many books and being overwhelmed by choices when you’re not really in the mood. I really think waiting for the moment to pass is the right thing to do.

      I literally have the same fear too – especially since a lot of my recent posts were inspired by what I was reading that same week. But like you said, there are so many ways of interacting with this community ā¤

      Thank you for reading Malka! Hope you're having a great week so far šŸ™‚

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  3. I’m really to sorry to hear that you’re caught in the middle of a slump, Carly. But, I’m glad you’re taking some time and a break to focus on your mental health. Mental health is so important – just as important as physical health, if not more. Sometimes, the very best thing you can do when you are stuck in a reading slump is to actually stop reading. Sometimes is really is just as easy as that. Once you’ve removed that stress, the pressure as a blogger to read, the reading slump will start to ease.

    I hope your month starts to get a little better [honestly I am so done with 2020] and thank you for recommending the podcasts! I’m definitely going to give them a listen!

    Sending you a big hug šŸ’™

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