Hello hello! It’s time for a bit of book talk today, because I’m in a book slump. And it’s the worst I’ve ever had – that’s not even an exaggeration. I’ve had book slumps before but this one has been particularly sucky. And frustrating, so so frustrating.
In the past few months, I can count on one hand the number of I’ve read from start-to-finish: three. Yep. And even more books that I’ve struggled so badly with getting past the first few chapters. And it’s not just the last few months, although they’ve been the worst, my whole reading year has been depressing. So much so that I’m just about ready to call 2017 ‘The Year of My Book Slump’. UGH.
I’m not even halfway through my *small* reading challenge which I’m not even aiming to hit anymore because right now, I just want to get back to loving reading. At the beginning of the year, I set my reading goal low (30 books) because I knew this year would be a big one for me and I hate reading PRESSURE so I thought I was being realistic.. last I read 26 and that was a full-on year, but it has nothing on this one! It really has been the biggest year of my life — I haven’t talked about my personal life on this blog very much (or at all really) but after finally finishing up with uni last year, I scored my dream job as a midwife in a busy hospital and have been doing my grad year (like an internship) since February.
But I didn’t realise just how physically/mentally/emotionally big and how much of a life adjustment this would be. I guess I thought or planned I would read, just as I always have, to unwind but that’s not what’s really happened and reading regularly has been a big struggle for me. Because I come home from work (which is shift work on a rotating roster) and not have any mental capacity AT ALL and often just crash or prefer wind down with a TV show (Netflix has been my biggest friend this year!). Or worst of all, mindlessly play on my phone just scrolling on instagram/facebook/twitter/whatever for ages, so that when I finally do put my phone down I’m too tired to read. Or if I try to read I fall asleep within a few pages.
For someone who calls themselves a bookworm, my bookish habits are surprisingly casual. I would definitely call myself a mood reader. I’m not that type of reader that can set a reading list and just smash through book after book. My sister can, but me? Nope. I have the biggest, longest TBR ever (seriously, it’s out of control.. like 170+ books out of control). I need to really FEEL like reading a particular book, if you know what I mean? I’m not someone who reads every day either, which I’m fine with. Especially when I’m between books. I can go a few days (sometimes it’s almost a week) without reading while I try to decide what I feel like reading next, and I’m okay with that too. It’s just my reading personality.
So when it comes to reading I generally don’t put to much pressure on myself, because reading for me first and foremost is always for fun and is a way to unwind and relax. I don’t want it to be a chore or feel like something I “HAVE to do”.
But this year has been different and I feel like my ‘mood reading’ has evolved into one huge book slump. I know that my adjustment to my new job is a big reason for why my reading has been so bad this year.. but with less than 2 months left of 2017 (OMG), I am so ready to turn my bad reading habits around.
About mid-year, to try and reignite my reading spark (that I could feel was rapidly going out) – I decided to re-start up this blog again (after almost completely losing her last year). And it’s sort of worked — it’s got me back into the bookish world that I so loved before my uni degree completely got in the way. It’s got me thinking and talking about books which has been wonderful, but it hasn’t really got me reading. And if you’re not reading how can you run a book blog and post reviews and things? So with a book slump, a blogging slump followed. SIGH. But I’m slowing pulling myself out of that hole (I have so many posts waiting in the wings that I’m so excited about), and I’m going to pull myself out of my book slump too! Because it’s GOT to turn around at some point, right?
Right now, I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself with what I read but I am trying to get myself reading a little bit every day (and trying to be more mindFUL with my tech use). I’m focusing on books by my fave authors, whose books I love so much and who I know have hooked me before (I’m currently reading Colleen Hoover’s Confess, as she is one of my most favourite authors, and I can feel this working (oh please work). And as bad as it’s been for my bank account, I have been letting myself buy new books when I see ones that I really want, because usually I can’t resist shiny new books and I’m trying to do things that excite me about books and reading.
Wow. So if you’ve got to this point of my post, thank you. Thank you for reading my ramble. It’s longer than I thought it would be (sorry ’bout that), and I’m not really sure what the exact point of this post is, I think I just need to get it all out of my head.
But what I would really love to know is:
What do you do when you’re in a book slump? How do you pull yourself out of it??
Give me your top book slump-breaking tips because I need all the help I can get!