Posted July 25, 2016 by Christy || 26 Comments

Reading Slumps Suck

I usually post a review on Monday’s but today is a little different because I don’t have one TO POST.  Why is that?  Because I’ve been in a horrible reading slump for the last few weeks.

I don’t know if it’s because the last book that I read was just THAT good (One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid), or if there’s another reason playing into it.  I’m thinking it’s mostly Taylor Jenkins Reid’s fault though.  Even though I have been super busy with my job and with opening a Society6 and Redubble, I have had time to read and I’ve actually picked a few up and I even go as far as to read 30ish pages but they just don’t hold my interest.   It sucks because I’m pretty sure they are books that I would love otherwise.

This always seems to happen to me when I’ve read a really amazing book.  It gives me a book hangover and then when I decide it’s time to start a new one, nothing sounds good or if a book does sound good, it doesn’t hold my attention for very long and I get so frustrated and end up putting it down.

I think what I need is a really quick read that starts off fast to hold my interest!  Unfortunately, this slump kind of makes everything sound kind of EHHH so PLEASE leave me some recs in the comments!  I’m thinking a NA contemporary maybe?

The other reason I wanted to write this post is to ask you guys: what do you do when you’re in a slump? Do you go into reading slumps after reading a really good book?

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26 responses to “WHY SLUMPS? WHY????

  1. I was in a slump like that last fall and I literally read the first page of every single unread book on my shelves until something clicked with me. And it worked. I found The Truth About Alice held my attention from page 1 and I read it in a day. It also helped that it was super short…. but I hadn’t finished a book in 3 weeks before that, so it felt really good. I don’t know if that would work for you, but it was kind of fun to read the beginnings of so many books 🙂

  2. They sure do.
    I totally get you, christy. Ever since the beginning of 2016, I had the wrost reading slump EVER.
    Every now and then I get out of it, but then I’m plunged right back into it again. Like now… not a single book can hold my interest! And I tried! I end up buying random books that I can’t bring myself to finish. I’m going crazy here -__-
    I’m going to keep tabs on this post to see if someone recommends a book that might help me too. *Sigh*. I hate reading slumps. They are the bane of a reader’s life.

    P.S: Erica, my current obsession is also Nevernight! I already pre-ordered this book. Will it be the one to get me out of my reading slump? I can only hope.

  3. I’ve definitely gone into a reading slump after reading an awesome book..but the main reason behind *my* slumps have usually been something along the lines of reading *too* much. I know that sounds ridiculous but I, personally, start to hate something when I overdo it. I get burned out if I write a ton. I get a reading slump if I read a ton. I don’t really try, persay, to break the slump. I’ll just do other things – ie. watching tv, writing, etc. And eventually, I’ll feel like reading again. That and, I try reading books that have been on my tbr for a long time and I’m pretty sure I’ll enjoy them. A good book is often enough to pull me out of a slump.

  4. Tammy V

    I do some of my other loves – puzzles (jigsaw and word), movie marathon, catch up on a series on tv, etc. Or just go through my books is another one. Something always catches my eye.

  5. I usually stick with rereads or light contemporary romances. Lauren Layne is great for me when I need to get out of slumps. Hope you get out of it soon, but don’t try to force it 🙂

  6. hmmm I hate reading slumps. Have had a bit of one myself lately. I guess I just try to keep reading. I pick a couple of books I really anticipated and start one. If it doesn’t do any good I put it down and get the next one. I know that just because I DNF one for the moment, doesn’t mean its the book. Sometimes its just my and my moods. I hope you get out of it soon.

  7. I hate reading slumps too! They are the WORST! I usually take a week off of reading all together as a refresher! Others have told me re-reading favorites helps them!

  8. GAH, slumps are the WORST. I am sorry you are in one! Great books do that to me too, it seems. Not all the time, and I don’t know what makes one different than another. The last book that got ME out of a slumpette (not a full blown slump, mind you) was The Memory Book by Lara Avery. I mean, if it helped mine, perhaps it can help yours?

    As for what I do, I generally just keep pushing through until something breaks the slump- but that’s just because my anxiety over not finishing review copies is greater than the power of the slump 😉 Good luck, my dear!

  9. OMG. I know what you mean, Christy! I’ve felt so behind on reviews because I haven’t really had any to post this month because I just don’t feel like reading. Personally, I’m blaming it on the heat. lol

    But I’ve been trying to make a small comeback by reading short books (The Book of Shhh, The Princess Saves Herself in This One, and Forever…). It’s been nice to see a few of those books count towards my Goodreads challenge, but I still feel like I’m being a bad reader.

    I’m trying to start a bigger book today with Tumbling by Caela Carter to get me in the mood for the Olympics. We’ll see how that goes… lol

  10. NA reading!! Okay, let’s see: Undecided by Julianna Keyes, The Game That Breaks Us by Micalea Smeltzer, Chaser by Staci Hart, The Summer Games Settling the Score by R.S. Grey, Scolding Wilder by R.S. Grey.
    And OTL was amazing! I would recommend After I Do by Taylor as well. I consider it to be even better!

  11. Slumps suck! I have mostly avoided them by switching genres a lot. I have really felt like I can’t get into something/slumpy when I try to read the same sort of book. If it was an awesome fantasy, I know I need a contemporary or nonfiction to get over it.
    I hope you find the magic to get out of your slump soon.

  12. Ugghh, I hate reading slumps! I have the same problem tho; every time I read a REALLY good book I can’t seem to get into the next one or I don’t enjoy it as much as I should be. Sometimes it helps if I switch to a different genre. Good luck!

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