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Discussion | Reading Slumps

Book Discussions is a weekly post where we discuss book-related things. This week in Book Discussions we talk about:

Reading Slumps

What are reading slumps? Readings slumps can be referred to many things at a time, but personally, I use it to refer to periods of time where I don’t feel like reading. Some would argue that reading slumps don’t exist simply because it’s up to the reader to decide if they’d like to read or not.

Regardless of what you call these periods of time where you don’t feel like reading, at some point, every reader goes through that phase. I’ve been through this phase several times and sometimes it’s hard to get out of these slumps. There are many reasons why a person gets “reading slumps”. Some attribute it to just being plain lazy, distractions or having not read many good books.

For me, I find that I get reading slumps after I’m read an okay book, or a bad book (though most of the time it’s the former rather than the latter). I tend to also get reading slumps where University comes ’round and there’s just too many academic readings to be done that recreational reading becomes boring.

So the question is: how do I get out of this reading slump?

The most common suggestions are to stop reading for a while and take a breather or read shorter books. I find these two suggestions to be the most useful for me, though I tend to try to keep the momentum going by reading shorter books.

Collections of short stories are usually helpful for me because you can stop after a few stories and there’s not rush to keep going. You can devour them slowly at your own pace and usually the short stories are not too long either. A. M. Homes’ Safety of Objects is a good example of this — I read it sometime last year when I had a reading slump and it worked like a charm. Though not all of the pieces were great, they were captivating and quirky, some even memorable till today.

However, the same didn’t work for me when I tried reading All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I couldn’t get into it at all and it felt like the pages were so long that I could hardly push myself through.

It’s a trial and error process, finding the books that can help you get out of that reading slump. Sometimes it doesn’t even have to be a short story. The Duff by Kody Keplinger got me out of my reading slump as did Confessions of a Hater by Caprice Crane.

It’s not even that long into 2014 and I already have a reading slump. My solution? Reading books close to your heart. I’m currently re-reading Harry Potter after my good friend Cait posted quotes and bits and bobs from Chamber of Secrets. I immediately got Harry Potter on my iPad and began reading. I loved being immersed in the world of Harry Potter again and I’m glad it’s gotten me out of my reading slump.

Do you get reading slumps and how do you get out of it?