Reading Slump – A Reader’s Worst Nightmare

As you might have guessed, I am going through a terrible reading slump the last few weeks or so and I absolutely hate reading slumps!

After I finished my last book, I went through my TBR list to find my next read. Picked up the book and started reading. A few chapters in, I start to realize I’m not into it. And no matter how hard I try to force myself to finish, I simply can’t. Ok, fine. Next book, same. And the next lot after that too. At one point I must have stood in front of my bookcases for a full 15 minutes, if not longer, trying to find something, and I have lots of books. I even tried reading something I’ve read before and enjoyed a lot. Nope, nothing works.

Now my question is, does everyone go through something like this, or am I just weird (which I am)? I get slumps like these often. Especially after I finished a really good book. Then all others seem to be dull and boring. Even if at any other time I would have enjoyed it immensely. It is so frustrating, because reading is like an addiction for me. I cannot not read. Impossible.

So what is the solution? What do you do if this happens? Do you have a list of go to books? All I can do is pick up book after book and hope (pray!!) that the next one will be THE ONE. Yes, I end up half/quarter reading several books (sometimes up to 10!) before one captures me so completely, I never want it to end. But what else am I supposed to do? I can’t just sit on the couch and stare at nothing. Yeah, I’m weird, but that would be pushing it a bit. I might just get admitted.

So, let me know what you do in a situation like this.

Here are a few quotes I love:

“Never force yourself to read a book that you do not enjoy. There are so many good books in the world that it is foolish to waste time on one that does not give you pleasure.” 
― Atwood H. Townsend, Good Reading

“When you stand in the darkness, when you have lost all hope, when you can’t see any path to walk ahead, read; reading will act as the lantern to show you the path. It might not take you to the destination, but it will keep on guiding you towards a resolution.” 
― Neelabh Pratap Singh, Pi Agency

“Read! It is as important as breathing until you are breathing.” 
― Hira Shahid Kazim

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  1. Oh Janine! This spoke directly to my book loving heart! Please know that you are not alone. I don’t have exact solutions but I often find that reading children’s books can help. I know that sounds weird but I will pick up a Roald Dahl or something by Enid Blyton – these were my beloved favourites as a child. I am also a huge fan of Agatha Christie’s cozy mysteries and they seem to do the trick for me. Otherwise take a long walk, clear your head, watch an engaging film and maybe the inspiration to read will come back. Much luck to you dear x

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