Sunday, March 22, 2015

Let's Dicuss: Book Blogger Nightmares - Reading Slumps!

Let's Discuss @ Dee's Reads is a feature where we discuss various book-related subjects and other wonderings up for discussion. This topic that both Alex and myself are weighing in on:

READING SLUMPS :c


So I know there have been like a zillion reading slump posts since book blogging was invented, but I just feel like I gotta say some things and bring it up for discussion. 


WE HAVE A REAL NEED TO DISCUSS THIS. 
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What Dee Thinks…

Let's face it…reading slumps SUCK. They are the bane of my existence. Usually (ok I'm talking pre-40+ hour work week) the slumps came on because I was way too "meh" about books in general. I want to know how to get OUT of a slump that is caused by just being tired and so worn out by heavy schedules and life…that there is no energy left to read. That's my problem lately. I just want to have the energy to read again..Sometimes it happens after a really great series ends, and you just feel down in the dumps like:

Or what about when book after book just makes you so damn ANGRY? You just want to throw the book into the flames:

Just that feeling of being so comfy in your chair/couch/bed, a literal or figuratively warm fire blazing in the background and the contentment that comes from flipping pages...
that is what I miss. 

I feel like when you're stuck in a rut and just can't get out because you have like zero time to sleep and when you have time you can't focus due to stress/craziness/etc.
WHAT does one do? 
I am hoping some of you guys have a brilliant plan for me to get out of this slump. 

My plan is this: 
-stop reading more than 2 books at a time (1 is better)
-schedule (yeah, I know it sounds lame) but schedule at least 20 mins of read time a day
-read graphic novels because they're easier to hold attention span/faster reads
-try not to beat myself up about the # of books I'm reading :||

…and when all else fails, just watch some Spongebob.

What Alex Thinks...

If you read a book and then got into a reading slump because of that book, DON'T READ ANOTHER ONE! Don't! Because if you do, you're going to dive deeper into that slump and no one, not even a scuba diver, will be able to pull you out from there! There is a procedure I like to go through when I'm in a reading slump. 

1. Catch up on your favorite TV shows or movies. 
Get your mind off the book by occupying yourself to any means. This is also the way I prefer since I get to catch up shows like The 100 and Helix (my two favorite). 

2. Go out and hang with friends
Of all the ways to get out of reading slumps, I find this to be the most efficient. I love to hang with my friends and it's so easy to distract yourself when you're with someone who will distract you. The minute I go home to pick up a book, I'm able to read again because I've just had the perfect amount of time to put it down and pick it back up. Got me? 

3. Set aside an interesting book aside for later
When you get out of your reading slump, you're gonna want to have a book on handy for you to read through it. There are a few recommendations for books that will get you out of reading slumps: 
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  • White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins 

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How do you get out of your reading slumps?? Do you have different slumps (like Diamond)? Have you ever tried Alex's tips for staving off a slump?


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Diamond

(aka Dee) has loved reading for as long as she can remember. She loves many things: fantasy novels, young adult fiction, her cat, painting, and horror films from the 70s. Diamond is a grad student at UCLA. She's pursuing a Master's in Library and Information Science.

9 comments :

  1. Slumps urrggh! I like both your suggestions. Mine slumps are usually caused by a book I'm just not in, especially one that's not really bad enough to DNF, just one I'm a bit bored by. Nowadays though, I'm likely to just give up on those too as I don't want to be dragged into a slump. I never schedule reading, it just happens during my day whenever I have free moments, I think scheduling takes the 'relaxation' tone out it for me. And when I'm in a slump, I'll usually hit Netflix and YouTube instead which is no harm either. Right?!

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    1. When I'm in a slump, I also watch Netflix or Youtube, But my slumps are so overwhelming and horrible bec they can last up till an entire month which really sucks D:

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  2. I never fall into one of these slumps somehow, though I do have weeks (liked this one) when I can't read as fast. I guess it's because I read before bed (always - even if Armageddon is taking place around me), and only one book at a time. Okay, I listen to a second one and read aloud (for my son) a third one, but for before-bedtime reading, I stick to just one book. The trick is to get into a routine. Like brushing your teeth or having coffee in the morning. I like Alex's tips though - a LOT. That list is gorgeous :)

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    1. You're a lucky one then! That means I totally need a routine! I'm also glad you liked my tips lol

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  3. I have been on a reading slump all year and its just awful! I have - like Alex said! - been catching up on a lot of my TV shows (marathoning Once Upon a Time at the moment) when I can find the time but I really, really, really want to get into reading ASAP.

    Rachel @ Rachel's Reading Corner

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    1. I have to try watching Once Upon a Time bec I never really considered watching that show. Thanks for the rec!

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  4. WITHHHH YOU DIAMOND! I am slumping so badly right now. So I picked up something not YA and hopefully that pulls me out!

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    1. Good luck with the slump gurll :P

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    2. Aw you're STILL in a slump?? xP That SUxxx. I feel your pain. It felt like mine lasted for a whole year (I think it did … actually) haha. I just this past week finished 3 books and was like "whoa" what is this?!?! I don't know why or how but I know that it's spring break so I'm going with it!! :D
      Hope your slump hits the road soon — don't force it. just go with the flow. jedi mind trick.

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