Monday, June 18, 2018
Ramblings from the Stacks - Reading Slumps and How to Fix Them
My reading has been on the meh side lately which was confusing as the books I was reading were actually really good. I realized that I was actually in a slump which got me thinking about the different kind of slumps, their causes, and the solutions that I have found kind of work for me.
The Slump: I hate this book, this author, the cover, the people the book is dedicated to, everyone mentioned in the acknowledgements and everyone even vaguely connected with the publishing of the book.
The Cause: This is very much a case of "It's not you, it's me". The book is normally absolutely fine but the problem is I'm usually forcing myself to read something that I'm just not feeling like reading for whatever reason.
The Solution: A bit of yoga breathing to get all the annoyance out followed by a reread. Barbara Michaels' paranormal romantic suspense with all their ghostly Gothic-ness are usually the perfect fix but if I'm not in the mood for a bit of spookiness a short story collection from Rosamunde Pilcher, L.M. Montgomery or Agatha Christie will do the trick.
The Slump: Are their words on this page? I can't make my eyes actually focus on them.
The Cause: This slump happens usually when summer starts. Between crazy humidity and the shakeup in my schedule I'm distracted and a bit tired.
The Solution: This slump is kind of annoying because it's hard to fix. I've had the best luck with going through overdue review books and just picking what looks good but not forcing myself to keep reading if it isn't working because otherwise I'll get into the first slump. Memoirs or other light nonfiction have worked well in the past.
The Slump: The "meh" slump. Everything is fine but nothing is really clicking. I'm not really enjoying the actual act of reading.
The Cause: Genre fatigue. I'm reading a lot of one genre and not mixing it up much if it at all.
The Solution: A random wander through the library or my collection of books and pick up and read any book that appeals to me even if it's not on my schedule.
The Slump: Every time I sit down to read I doze off.
The Cause: Normally I'm burning the candle at both ends.
The Solution: Take a bit of time off and just watch tv and try and go to bed early for a few nights.
What different slumps do you have? What solutions have you found?