Oh reading slumps and all their evil glory. We all know the feeling I'm sure. Where every book we read just drags on and on and you just don't want to read. And you want to just ask the book gods of the world...
Well I am stuck in this wonderful condition and I apologize for not getting out so many blog posts. But I thought I might use this opportunity to ask you how you deal with reading slumps, and if you ever take a break with reading.
I don't take reading breaks. I don't know why, but I feel really strange and uncomfortable if I'm not reading a book. So while I might go a few days without reading, I won't take breaks between books. I don't know, is this a bad thing? I feel like if I did, I wouldn't forget so much that is happening in the book and when I get into reading slumps, I'll be able to take a quick break and then move right back in.
Reading slumps are not fun. At all. And yet I tend to get into them really badly. I won't get into them often, but when I do, it's hard to find a really good book that can get me back into the world again. But I've discovered these tactics work:
1) Go back to the basics.
Any Harry Potter book can make me feel good about reading. For others, it's Jane Austen, or J.R. Tolkien. Try rereading something you know you'll enjoy.
2) Take it easy on the blogging.
No need to crazy blog when you're on a reading slump. And don't discourage yourself by looking at a ton of posts on other blogs. Just relax for a bit until you get back in your routine.
3) Leave time to read.
Force yourself to do nothing before bed, or when you get home, and you'll start to read again. Works real miracles to read before I sleep.
How do you deal with reading slumps? Do you take breaks?