Hello, lovelies! It’s been a while since I’ve made a discussion post here, and this seems like a fitting time for it. There’s a topic I’ve wanted to talk about more on this blog, anyways, and seeing as ya girl has been in the midst of one off-and-on (mostly on) ALL FREAKING YEAR…
Let’s talk about reading slumps.
- sit, lean, fall heavily and limply
- a sudden and severe fall
- bonus definition
- “reading slump”: when your brain hates everything good in life and won’t let you enjoy books to the degree that they deserve to be enjoyed (i.e., THE UTMOST)
My reading slumps tend to go a little bit funny: it’s really rare that I suffer from general slumps; more often, I only slump in a specific genre. For example, last fall, I went a solid month without being able to enjoy any horror or thriller titles. Over the last several years, I’ve had many contemporary slumps, usually lasting several weeks each time.
This slump, however… has been the worst yet:
The Terrible, Awful, No-Good, Mostly-Fantasy-But-a-Bit-of-Other-Genres-Too Slump of 2019™
What do YOU think causes slumps?
I feel like there are so many things: life stress, poor mental health, changes in routine, or even just bad luck with the books you’re picking up. I’m pretty sure it’s been a combo of all of the above for me.
The problem isn’t just the slump — it’s that I don’t know how to fix it.
I’ve had slumps plenty of times in the past, but they almost never last this long. I usually have some tricks for busting them, too! I’ll try reading short stuff, binge reading a stack of manga and graphic novels, reading a big variety of genres, rereading old favorites… but I’ve tried it all, and nothing is working!
The only thing I haven’t been willing to consider until now is: am I just reading too many review copies?
We all know I read a lot of ARCs, but I don’t talk about why very often. Long story short: I can’t afford to buy many books at all anymore, and my library system does NOT have a good selection of even remotely new releases, so review copies are it for me when it comes to staying on top of new releases!
Sadly, when I’m already in a slump, I start missing review copy release dates — and that makes me feel guilty and overwhelmed.
What do I do? Do I keep trying to meet deadlines and hope the slump ends on its own? Do I ignore deadlines and try to learn how to stop wincing every time I realize another Tuesday passed without my reviewing everything I was given? The easiest answer would be to go on an ARC ban, but that ignores the fact that I already have these ARCs.
What’s your advice?
Do you have any tricks I haven’t tried? Have you been in a similar spot and had a slump last months without you being able to kick it? I miss binge reading. I miss laying in bed with my kindle and devouring an entire book before I fall asleep.
(And please don’t say, “Just stop reading for a while!”, because I’ve tried that with slumps in the past and it always makes my slumps WORSE for some reason!)
As I’m typing this, all I can think is that maybe I need to learn how to let ARCs go a little bit and stop fretting over them so much. If you saw my TBR, you’ll know I planned on reading almost exclusively ARCs in April, but I think I may ditch that plan and try some serious mood reading. Thoughts? Has this worked for anyone else? HALP!