A few months ago, I saw my book blogging friends take part in this discussion chain and I thought that it would be nice to join in on the fun. Thank you Camilla @ readerintheattic for allowing me to be a part of the Bloggers in the Attic! We have an imaginary attic, folks. It’s where we
hide the dead bodies and plot world domination brainstorm all these amazing discussions for y’all.
WHAT IS A DISCUSSION CHAIN?
The bloggers in the attic is a discussion chain. And what is a discussion chain? Well, it’s pretty simple.
Me and [several] other bloggers united together to discuss a common topic and share our unique perspective. Camilla @ Reader in the Attic created the initiative with the wish to create a discussion space that could explore a topic for different parts of the world.
The rules to participate are pretty simple. So, if you ever wish to take part in future discussions, just comment under the introduction post. Topics will be discussed bi-monthly, so the next round will be up in August. There’s plenty of time to join in, but the best option is always to enter early.
For this month, we’re going to talk about reading slumps. Oh boy I have quite A LOT to say about the little demon. A reading slump is like that random award sticker on your book that will never leave no matter how much you want it to. A reading slump is always… THERE. It’s just lurking in the corner, waiting for your most vulnerable moments before attacking. THE DEADLIEST PREDATORS ARE SHAKING.
WHAT CAUSES IT?
1. Too much pressure
I seldom get a reading slump when I read books that I actually NEED to read like ARCs. You must be thinking, “how ungrateful can you be? Not all people can get ARCs and you’re here complaining about them???”
You see, I have a tall ARC pile and as much as possible, I really want to read and review ARCs before their release dates. This mentality creates too much pressure that my brain acts up and urges me to read anything but the ARC I need to review. IT’S A REALLY FRUSTRATING EXPERIENCE.
me: okay I need to read this ARC—
my subconscious: but that backlist book looks so shiny!
me: but this releases in a week and i still need to write a rev—
subconscious: why don’t you read harry potter again?
(Yes I constantly battle with myself because why not? Oh and if you’re asking, despite my dilemma I still manage to read ARCs and review most of them before their release dates. All hail miracles.)
2. A particularly phenomenal book
Yes phenomenal books cause book slumps. For example, after I read the ARC of R. F. Kuang’s The Dragon Republic, I ended up putting down all the books I tried to read because I still couldn’t move on from its sheer greatness. I legit had a reading slump for about a week or two. That’s how powerful The Dragon Republic is. Now y’all have to read it and scream with me.
(Did I just write this post to promote TDP? No no of course not)
3. Too many pending reviews
Whenever I write “FULL REVIEW TO COME” on goodreads, I feel like I’m signing another death warrant. It’s hard to admit this but I now find writing reviews as a chore rather than a fun activity. I used to love writing reviews before but now my mind just BLANKS OUT whenever I am about to write one. I get reading slumps because I dread writing book reviews. Of course, I still write them but it’s really challenging now because I think that I’m just writing the same things in my reviews all the time.
I’m trying to find new ways to make my reviews more creative so that I’ll find the writing experience fun again. I’m planning to write haikus + short critics as my new review format on goodreads so that I can offer original content everytime. I will still continue writing full reviews on the blog though.
4. Witch curses
Okay I’m open to all possibilities here. Maybe your reading slump is caused by an ancient curse and you need to go on an epic quest to lift it.
I’m just saying that you should invite all the important people on your first-born child’s grand birthday celebration to avoid all the sleeping curses and the reading slumps.
Okay I actually don’t know if this is true but a wise woman (who may or may not be me) once said that every bad thing can happen if you’re dehydrated. DRINK WATER AND STAY HYDRATED Y’ALL.
HOW DO YOU SHOO AWAY READING SLUMPS?
1. Accept re-reading as a lifestyle
Re-reading is the top solution to your reading slump! <—— imagine me saying this in a salesman’s most inviting voice
Visiting old favorites can immediately rekindle your dormant bookdragon flames. It doesn’t even matter if you’ve read your favorite book a hundred times already. Re-reading still works like magic everytime.
2. Read a backlist title
Sometimes, when you’re drowning in ARCs and you feel a reading slump coming in, pick up a backlist title you’ve been meaning to read for years. It may serve as a refresher and a break from the pressure of book blogging.
3. Take a break
If you’re not really in the mood to read a book, take a break. Watch a TV show, binge watch all the MCU films, or do a backflip. It’s not actually bad to spend some time for your other hobbies (especially the backflipping). I actually tried taking a break from reading for a few days because I felt the reading slump lurking in and binge watched all of How to Get Away with Murder Season 5. Watching it gave me a hundred heart attacks but it refilled my creative juices.
4. Break the curse
Visit the nearest Oracle and ask for a quest. Find the evil reading slump demon and slay it with your magical sword. Be sure to stay alive. Problem solved.
If nothing else works, open your fridge/cookie jar/treasure chest and FEED YOURSELF. Food always solves everything and no person alive can tell me otherwise. Your reading slump doesn’t even stand a chance.
READ MORE POSTS FROM THE BLOGGERS IN THE ATTIC
June 3 – Sam @Fictionally Sam
June 4 – Lauren @Northern Plunder
June 6 – Ben @Books with Ben
June 9 – Anthony @Keep Reading Forward
June 11 – Sagey @Sage Shelves
June 13 – Kal @Reader Voracious
June 18 – Rain @bookdragonism
June 20 – Lara @Naija Book Bae
June 24 – Isabelle @Bookwyrm Bites
June 27 – Dany @Ambivert Words
Do you often experience reading slumps? How do you overcome them?