Are Reading Slumps Really Our Enemy? | Rants & Rambles

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Rants & Rambles is a weekly feature where I share my own personal thoughts and opinions about both bookish and blogging related topics. As stated, these are MY OWN opinions and while you can choose to disagree with it, I hope that you at least respect it.


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Back in March, I fell into a reading slump and I didn’t know what to do. It was actually the FIRST TIME I ever found myself in a slump (not counting the six years before where the only books I read were textbooks). I didn’t even realize what was happening until the slump hit me right in the face. Was this the end of my bookworm days? Would I never, ever read another book EVER AGAIN?! 

(Dramatics)

I eventually recovered and pulled myself out of the nasty slump and at one point I even said to myself: “That wasn’t even all that bad.” I may even go as far and say that I liked being in a slump. There was no nagging need to read. It was a bit freeing. I honestly felt like a bit of a rebel. A REBELLIOUS BOOKWORM, yes that’s me! 😀

While slumps may have a bad reputation, I don’t think that they are as bad as everyone makes them out to be. Here are some positives I found when I was in a reading slump.

PROS

Catching up on my favorite television shows: Grey’ Anatomy is my ALL-TIME favorite television show. I am so addicted and it is the only show that I have stuck it out with since the beginning. I was behind a whole season, so I used the slump to catch up and it was the best decision ever because now I am able to discuss with other fans about plot twists, breakups, and who was going to die next. Netflix is your friend, take full advantage of the friendship when in a slump!

No nagging need to stick to my reading schedule: I typically will schedule the amount of reading I want to get done in a day. It helps me to stay on track and since most of the time I’m reading multiple books at once, it helps me to balance all these books. But when I was in the slump, I didn’t have to follow that schedule. I was free to do whatever I wanted, AND I DID!

I was a social butterfly for just moment: So most of the time, you can find me at home reading. My social life is clearly lacking. But with nothing to do, I decided to actually step outside my house and explore. I went out and had fun with friends and it felt really great to reminiscence about the good ‘ole days!

I explored other interests: I took is back to my roots and discovered a boat load of new music. I started to listen to some of my favorite bands from high school and found out that they all had released new albums. I was in a SEA OF FEELS as all the beautiful lyrics split out my earbuds. Now my iPad is filled with a bunch of new song. It was fun discovering all these new songs and I even ended up making playlists for some of my favorite books with these new songs.

 I GOT LOTS OF SLEEP: I’m a late night reader and will usually stay up WAY past my bedtime to read. But not wanting to read led to more hours of sleep. Sleep is rare for me since I have insomnia, so when I do manage to catch a few extra hours of shut eye, I am eternally grateful. PLUS, who doesn’t like to sleep?

CONS

My review books started to pile up: I really only felt that there was one con while I was in a slump and falling behind on reviewing ARCS did bother me. I’m currently still reviewing books that were already released three months ago and it sucks, but better late than never is what I always say!


I’ve seen a number of post over the past few weeks giving advice on how to get out of a reading slump and I felt that it was only right that I share my own advice: DON’T FEEL GUILTY ABOUT BEING IN A SLUMP! IT’S OKAY, JUST GO WITH THE FLOW AND LET THE SLUMP RUN ITS COURSE! You won’t remain in a slump forever, so take the time to do other things that you enjoy. 

That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!

What are your thoughts about slumps?

Let me know in the comments!

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24 thoughts on “Are Reading Slumps Really Our Enemy? | Rants & Rambles

  1. I too have insomnia. And since I find it nearly impossible to put a new book down if it is any good, I too lose a lot of sleep reading. Thankfully I’m new enough at blogging that I still have about two years worth of books I’ve already read and want to review, so at least a slump won’t leave me with no reviews to post.

    As to the Cons: although I started my blog to have somewhere to post my reviews of audiobooks I received free copies of, now that I’m busy with the blog I don’t really have time and have quit requesting them.

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  2. I love the idea of a rebellious bookworm! I haven’t experience any slumps… so far! But I only resumed reading for five months. I mean reading as if “I’m not leaving the house, I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT”. Like you, I mainly read textbooks and mandatory books for a long time, before I was reminded how much I loved reading.
    I heard the last thing to do was to feel guilty, because it doesn’t help. On the contrary, the slump feasts on your guilt and make you feel bad about not opening a book. I have the first season of Gilmore Girl close in case it happens soon. (I must be the last person who has never watched that show). I also made a small list of books that have proved to be efficient to take you out of that slump.

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    • Rebellious bookworm…I really don’t know where I come up with these things! XD

      You are well prepared for when the slump comes rolling in! Gilmore Girls is one of my favorite shows and once you start, you may not be able to stop. Books may be pushed to the side, LOL. But hopefully it doesn’t happen too soon and you can get in as much reading before the slump rolls in.

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  3. My issue with reading slumps stems from my issues with anxiety. Like, I’ll want to read bu just can’t & it stresses me out so it can be hard to go with. I’ll have to remember the Pros list you have here should one ever hit again. Might help me feel better bout the whole thing! :3

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    • It’s okay. I’m sure your not the only one that feels that way. But reading should never be a race. Just being able to enjoy the reading experience itself is great and as long as you enjoy the books you read, that is all that matters. Don’t stress it! You got this 😀

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  4. I have learned very recently that taking breaks from reading (for me personally) is very important for overall satisfaction with my life as a reader. Of course I love to read more than anything else in the world, but if I don’t take breaks, then I risk slipping into a reading slump, and nobody likes those. When I do fall into one, I take advantage of that time and do other things I enjoy. I really should try to get out more. hahah

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    • I’m still learning when taking breaks is best. I have a tendency to burn myself out, especially since I read multiple books at a time. But I think I’m starting to get a little better.

      But I don’t fear the slump anymore. After not reading for a month, I was able to come back refreshed and ready to read all the books. I think is was the perfect time too since most of my anticipated releases are coming up!

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  6. This post was great timing for me since I am currently a bit slumpy. You are right I need to see the positive side to it and not stress that my mojo is gone forever. Thanks for this!

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  7. This post is right up my alley. Because life is becoming a lot more hectic for me these days I find that I don’t read as much as I use to since I either have no time or am too sleepy to read. My mood will always dictate when and what I read and even though it can get frustrating at times I know in the back of my mind that it won’t last forever and when I do get over the slump I will be back in the books with renewed energy. 😀

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    • I’m a mood reader as well so I understand your struggle. It can be frustrating, especially when I’m reading a book I know I will like, but can’t seem to fully enjoy because I’m not in the mood to read. I always have to take a step back and stop reading and I don’t come back until I’m fully ready to read again. This way, my mood won’t affect my review.

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  8. I agree with everything you stated in this post!! I’ve been in the worst slump pretty much since the beginning of the year. I know it had a lot to do with my super stressful semester of school this year. I kept trying to keep up with all the reading and blogging, but it just wasn’t possible for me at the time. Once I just gave in to having a “reading break” and being slumpped I felt like there was a lot of stress lifted off of me, and I had a little more time for other things. Now that my semester is over I’m excited to have a lot of stress free time to get back in the reading groove that I’ve been missing for months. Downside is that I’m really behind on writing reviews, but know that I have time to work through them 🙂

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    • Taking breaks are great, especially when you have to balance reading for school and have no time to read for fun. Reading for fun should never be stressful. I don’t think I could ever balance both blogging and school since I procrastinate way too much.

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  9. I wanna high five you for using that Jade gif, I love her 🙂
    I am in the middle of a bad book slump. The worst I’ve ever had. I haven’t read a book in almost 2 months, yikes! But I’m not stressing about it because it will only make it worse. I have been doing a lot of other random stuff: watching movies, tv shows, playing tsum tsum game on my phone and a lot of sleeping. I hope my slump is over very soon but I’m not gonna try to force it.

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    • *High Fives* you! Jade is sassy as hell and I love her too.

      Two months isn’t that bad…try six years, haha. I just started reading again a year ago. But I watched so much television during that time. But I’ve realized that I can’t read and keep up with tv shows at the same time, it’s so weird. Thank god for Netflix or else I would never be in the know. I hope your slump ends soon and your next read is 5 stars!

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