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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.
This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:
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?!
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.
♥ 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?
♥ 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!