Slump Day

Though I don’t tend to get the months long reading slumps that I know some people do, I get little mini-slumps pretty frequently. My problem is almost always the same: my books fail to be engaging enough to make me prefer reading over not reading.

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Here’s the thing: three star books are pretty good; please do not ever tell me I didn’t like them because I will be annoyed. However, three star books, when I end up reading five of them at once, are not enough to sustain my interest. Every time I end up reading three or more books all of which seem like they’ll be a three star rating or below, I find myself doing things to avoid reading. It sometimes I gets so bad that I will voluntarily clean to avoid having to read.

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So far this week, I’ve read 270 pages, when normally I would have read around 900 by now. Oops. It’s also a time of year when I really can’t afford the slump, because I have a massive pile of September books remaining from BEA and regular reviewing. This panic about my review books only exacerbates the amount I don’t want to read.

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I wish I could tell you that I have an awesome solution to the slumping problem, but actually I just end up either slogging my way through one of the meh books to rotate in something that will hopefully be better or DNFing something.

My multiple book reading system exists so that, hopefully, at least one of the books I’m reading will be a 4 star or higher, but sometimes that just does not work out. Despite the fact that I bribe myself with TV to get myself to stick to a reading schedule, I still have slumping issues.

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Do you slump? Do you know what causes your slumps? Do you have a set solution to solving your slump?

9 responses to “Slump Day”

  1. I have slumps as well, sometimes it takes me weeks to get out of it. What I usually end up doing is re-reading one of my favorite books. I don’t really start new ones -especially not review books- because I’m a mood reader. And when I’m in a slump I can end up hating a book I would love at any other time. And I’ve found that re-reading my favorite books always helps! Hope you’ll get rid of the slump soon 🙂
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    • Christina Franke says:

      That’s an excellent plan, though one I don’t indulge in because I’m weird about picking books. I was a mood reader when I was young, and I don’t want to fall back into that, because I spent more time picking a book to read than actually reading. Haha.

      I DNFed a couple, and I’m feeling less bogged down.

  2. I definitely get slumps. Mine are similar to yours; not enough “wow” books, but a lot of okay/good books in a row. Or I’ll want to read but once I get home at night, I’m tired and want to watch tv until I fall asleep on the couch. So that’s a motivation/my eyeballs hurt thing I guess. And sometimes I can’t choose what to read so I stare at my piles and choose nothing, unsure of what I’m in the mood for. Ugh. Sometimes I force myself to pick one up and start and usually it ends up ok. But the pressure of looming dates doesn’t help (that Do Not Want gif is gold!).

    • Christina Franke says:

      It’s really shocking how draining only okay/good books can be. Even though you like them, they’re not enough without some fucking awesome books.

      Haha, thank you. Giffing is the best part of discussion posts. :-p

  3. Krys says:

    My slumps never sound that easy. Mine have to do with my brain telling me it’d much rather be working than reading lol Even though, reading could be advantageous for my job, which can allow me to do Reader’s Advisory for my kids. Does that really give me the proper incentive to finish a book-a-week? Nope.
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  4. Lyn Kaye says:

    What usually helps me in a slump is a read along. If it is a particularly bad case, I take some time off and enjoy a movie or write up some discussion posts. I stopped treating reading like a chore and more like a hobby. It took me a REALLY long time to let go of some of my control issues and try to come to terms with the fact that I am just not going to get to some things when I want.

    I wish I had the Magic Book Slump solution. *hugs hugs hugs*
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  5. shayna says:

    I actually got over a slump pretty recently, so I definitely know where you’re coming from with this post! Usually, I try to either read something outside of my usual preferred genres or read a backlist title. Stepping away from my usual reads and personal reading pressures always helps me get back into reading. I also definitely hear you about feeling like you have to keep up with review books, but I do find stepping away from them occasionally takes the pressure off so I can get back to them at full force 🙂
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  6. I also get in weird cleaning moods when I’m reading something particularly uninspiring. My review book schedule causes ridiculous panic which subsequently causes slumps. “Oh my god, I have so much to read” so my brain doesn’t want to read anything. I’ve cut back tons on my review requesting as well as book tours so that it’s not quite so overwhelming since I work 55-60 hours a week normally. I’ve also began allowing myself to read “whatever” even if it doesn’t come from my review schedule. I do my best to keep up on everything but sometimes it doesn’t happen and I’m trying to learn to be okay with that.
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