24 July 2012

What do you do when you are in a reading slump?


For three weeks, maybe even four, I have been in a reading slump. I tried everything I can think of to get out of it. I took a break from reading, I reread some favourite books and I tried mixing the books I'm reading. But so far nothing has worked. 

I think that maybe there is no solution than to go on with reading one just ok book after another until a great book will come along. 
Of course the reading slump hasn't stopped me from ordering new books. :) Just this morning I ordered five more. I'm always hoping that one of the new books will end the reading slump. And of course I hope the same for the books I already have in my TBR pile. 

But to be honest right now it's kind of hard to not feel a bit frustrated. I so want to do a new Book Impressions post and to be once again excited because I read a fantastic book.

What do you do when you are in a reading slump? Have you any tips for me?

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  1. I was in one for about 2 months. I hadn't been reading much of anything... and then I got Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore and I couldn't put it down. That was followed by The Hearts Ashes which ended up being a page turner too. I reckon just read when you can, stop when you don't feel like it anymore. Something will come along that grabs a hold of you. :-)

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    1. That's exactly what I plan to do.
      Yeah, that your slump ended with two great books, 2 months is more than enough.

      Happy Reading!

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  2. I think I don't really have tips...I was in a reading slump last week and just stopped reading for that week and try to get into my book again now. It didn't stop me from buying books either. ;)

    I think you need a great book! The hard thing is that you can't say the book is great before...that's so stupid.

    I really hope you'll get out of the reading slump soon!!

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    1. Thanks! I hope the same.

      And it's good to hear that your slump also didn't stop you from buying more books. :)

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  3. I usually try to reread my favorites (even better if it's a book I haven't read in a while), it works quite often, but sometimes there's nothing you can do but wait it out. At times like that I sometimes change from reading to watching some great TV shows and give myself a break from reading. Sometimes it just happens that a scene in a movie or TV show reminds me of a great book scene and suddenly I'm reading again. But unfortunately it's no science, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

    The only other thing I can think of is give you a book recommendation. I don't think you've read the Psy/Changeling series by Nalini Singh yet, have you? It's my favorite series (and yes, in my opinion, it's even a teeny tiny bit ahead of the "In Death" series) - it's captivating and has the happiest endings I know. Unfortunately the first book in the series is also the "worst" (if you can call it that), it's still a solid four star book, but the series gets better with every book (book #3 is my personal highlight). Maybe you'll give it a try. :)

    Hope you can escape the reading slump soon!

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    1. Thanks!

      I read one book by Nalini Singh so far, but I don't enjoy her writing style. :( Which really sucks before so many readers love her books and I wanted the same for me.

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    2. Yeah, that's really a shame because I really love the way she slowly builds up her relationships. Although I can tell you that her style changed quite a bit with time. Which of her books did you read?

      But sometimes you just can't predict what you'll like. A book that should be perfect for you just doesn't fit. It happened to me as well :(

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    3. I read the first book on the Psy series and didn't like it. The writing style plus the characters didn't work for me.

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    4. Sorry to hear that. But I hope another great book (or one of the other helpful tips you got today) will get you out of the slump soon. :]
      Next time it happens to me and my own methods don't work, I'll definitely try one of them out as well.

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    5. It's weird that I sometimes don't get books and authors I should love. It's the same with Kresley Cole and Jeaniene Frost, their books should be perfect for me but they don't work.

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    6. I haven't yet read anything by those two, but that's probably because the German covers scared me off (at least in Cole's case, don't know why I haven't tried out Frost's books yet, maybe I should). The same thing happened to me with Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Carly Phillips - everyone seems to love them, but something about their books just doesn't sit right with me.
      The whole like or don't like thing is a mystery to me as well... ^.^

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    7. And it will remain a mystery until the end of our lifes.
      Btw, I love some of SEPs books (Natural born charmer and Match me if you can), but her last books made me very angry.

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    8. I read "Ausgerechnet den?" (It Had To Be You) and "Verliebt, verrückt, verheiratet" (This Heart Of Mine) in German quite some time ago. So maybe that's the problem. But I think I remember that I had some trouble with her characters. But if I run out of reading material I might give her another chance. The worst thing that can happen is that I still won't like her and who knows, maybe I'll like "Natural born charmer" and "Match me if you can" better. Thanks for the tip.

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  4. i would see it as a challenge :D
    dont stop reading, try to beginn diffrent books, thats what
    i always do or buy a new book and start reading it :)

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    1. Good idea, maybe thinking of the situation as a challenge will make things easier.

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  5. Great topic! When I feel one coming on, I tend to start reading more shorter books to "stockpile" reviews for the blog. Usually that will pull me out of a beginning slump though. If it gets to full out Reading Slump, I take a week or 2 off from reading then will try reading an old favorite. If that doesn't work, I take 1/2 more weeks off then take drastic measures and read outside of my favorite genres. That's how I started reading cozy mysteries and historical romances lol. Hope you find a fantastic book to help with your slump!

    Tina

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    1. Thanks for sharing what you do to fight against reading slumps. Reading shorter books is something I also try, but this time it didn't work for me.

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  6. I often hit reading slumps and after hitting them so often I've found several different ways to overcome them.
    * Read some of your favourite books.
    * Download several samples of books to read through, you may not buy them but they may pick your brain to read something you already own!
    * Read something out of your comfort zone! I found this one always works for me. I often go for an Urban Fantasy.
    * Go through your favourite book reviewers reviews and see if any books stand out to you that you've wanted to read.
    Best of luck!

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    1. Thanks!

      I like your tip regarding reading something out of my comfort zone. This definitely sounds like it's worth a try.

      Happy Reading!

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  7. Hi Sabrina, I hate reading slumps. As said before, don't read for a few days, watch some tv series, whole seasons of them, make a puzzle of a few thousand pieces. And I reread some childrens books, and some old favourites. It takes some time for your mind to freshen up again. Also, don't spend too much time behind the computer. That is also a form of reading.

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    1. Lol, limiting the time I spend online might be a great idea, but it's not so easy to do.

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  8. I've been in one for a couple months probably more now that I think about it soo frustrating I've read great books but it takes me forever to get through them. One book I read recently hasn't gotten me out of it totally but sure has improved and all because I sat myself down for a pep talk but really all you can do is give it time. It'll pass soon enough

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    1. That's what I'm also hoping. One of the next books I will read has to be fantastic.
      Hope your slump will soon go away.

      Happy Reading!

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  9. I mostly just hope for the best and keep reading... I try switching up genres or like you said, going back to old favourites. But the perfect cure is finding the next amazing book and falling in love with reading all over again. I hope it happens for you soon!!

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    1. Thanks! There really seems no other way than to go on with reading.

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  10. I have no pointers either. Every time I get in my slumps, I just take a break for a few days and then go on a hunt for a book that grabs my attention. I usually find it too:)!! Don't get too frustrated, I'm sure you will have the GREAT BOOK any day now. Oh and when you do, please share.

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    1. I will share it with you, hopefully I will be able to do so soon.

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  11. Reading slumps are so annoying. It's one thing not to have time to read, but to be willing to read and to find nothing holding your attention is exhausting!

    What I try to do to get out of those is try different ways of reading; audiobooks, for instance, are a nice way to read without "reading". Read magazines. Novellas from favorite authors or favorite series; sometimes it only takes a great one to give your reading slump a good kick! Short stories, too, if you don't read much of them, can be a nice change of pace.

    Second trick would be to read something completely different from what I usually read; a biography if you only read fiction, a thriller if you mostly read romance, etc. Try and explore blogs that read different books than your usual variety.

    Rereading favorite books can work, but you've already tried that. One thing that has worked for me in the past is to not read at all; watch movies and tv series, hang out with friends, etc. Taking a complete break from reading made me miss the books, and this broke my reading slump more than trying to force it to go away.

    Pick a book, read 10 pages, see how you feel about it; if you feel it's not the right one, put it back and try another one. But in any case, try not to put too much pressure on yourself! :)

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    1. Wow, that was kind of a long answer haha! Sorry about that! :)

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    2. Lol, I like long answers. :)

      I bought two new audiobooks last week, so maybe I should give them a try in the next days.
      Thanks for all your great tips! I know that I could count on my fellow readers.

      Happy Reading!

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  12. Hi Sabrina,
    I am also in a reading slump right now, it's so annoying.. Lately I haven't read that many great books and it is frustrating. I have tried reading a lot of different books but I haven't finished any of them. I have tried to take a break from reading and it makes me miss it, but it still doesn't get me excited about any of the books I read. Argh!
    So I obviously have no new advice but I will definitely try some of the suggestions you got. Hopefully they will work better for me than the things I have tried so far. :)
    I hope your reading slump will go away very soon!

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    1. Thanks, and I'm hoping the same for you.
      It's frustrating that all we both tried out so far hasn't worked, but I'm sure that soon a great book will come into our life.

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