12 October 2013

I heart reading slumps, sort of ;)



About five weeks ago I was in a reading slump, a big, fat and seemingly endless one. A year ago this would have freaked me out, but thankfully I'm over that. I have finally accepted that phases in which I'm not the mood to read are part of life. Ok, to be honest I went through a little bit of anxiousness, but nothing that kept me awake at night. Long over are the days when I looked constantly at how many books I had already read in year and how I was doing compared to others. Long over are the times when reading felt like a race I could never win.

Reading is not a competition and it doesn't matter if I don't read a book for weeks or even months. It's more important to read when I want to, when I'm in the mood to get lost in a good book and to discover a new world. It's all about stories & characters and it thankfully stopped being about numbers for me. 

Being a happy and relaxed reader is the best, it makes it possible to see reading as what it is: one of the best hobbies in the whole world, maybe even more than that because reading is part of who I am. But of course I'm also interested in many other wonderful things that happen in life, so reading doesn't have to be on my mind every day of my life, it can take a backseat from time to time and nothing bad will happen. I think little breaks from reading make me appreciate and love books even more, so there's no need to be frustrated by a reading slump. They are part of a reader's life and should be looked at with kind eyes. 

How do you handle reading slumps?

12 comments:

  1. Well...reading slumps...you could say I am in one too even if I think it isn't a real reading slump...I finished a book on Thursday, took the next one I wanna read out of the shelf and it's now here with me but I still haven't started...*sigh* I am just not really in the mood to read and on the other hand I wanna read and escape reality for a while...<.< It's not easy at the moment.

    But I am not stressing myself over a reading slump or writing reviews or book blogging anymore. I just realized how much the internet/book blooging/reading social networks affected my reading itself - positive and negative.

    So yeah...if this is a reading slump...then it is one and it stays as long as it wants...but I hope not too long because on the 18th of October the autumn holidays start and I will get some preordered books and yeah...I wanna read then. ;)

    Happy reading and happy weekend!

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    1. So true, I have also realized that the internet/book blogging/social media can influence my mood of reading, that's why I sometimes take breaks from sites like twitter.

      I hope that the Herbstferien will bring you lots of free time and relaxation.

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  2. Here, hear! I agree: Being a relaxed reader is the way to go.

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    1. I also think so. I think especially we bloggers tend to stress too much about reading.

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  3. I sure wish I had your attitude Julchen. I have been too tired to read much lately, and a bit disappointed in historical romances as well. But I really, really want to read a lot of the books on my shelves, and have much difficulty picking the next one. And especially if I spend too much time watching tv series on the computer, back to back episodes, I am mad at myself for "wasting" my time later. I could have read a book instead ...
    I don't want to loose my blog readers, as I love interacting with them, but sometimes it is a bit too much. Especially when reviewing doesn't really go well.

    Still, sometimes you just need a break from reading and relax differently.

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    1. I recently read a great post in which a blogger talked a bit about reading v. reviewing (on Once upon a chapter) and I realized that I'm also a reader and not really a reviewer. That realization made me way more relaxed about blogging and everything that has to do with it. I update my blog whenever I feel like it and read whenever I feel like it, these two things make it possible for me to enjoy books more.

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  4. I just go with it. Since I have been unemployed I have been getting most of my books from the library. If they are or grow to be hot titles, it means I am on a timer to read them. This can make reading a bit stressful. In addition, being on book sites is a good thing (you are introduced to new authors, books and other reader's book choices) but it can also produce anxiety if you start comparing yourself to other readers in the type and/or the quantity of books read. So I have learned to enjoy the ebb and flow of my reading life. If I don't finish a library book in time (rarely), I'll just put myself back on the list or put the book on my wish list. And if I don't like or can't get into a book, I will put it aside.

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    1. I love your attitude, just going with it is really the best thing to do. In the past I also compared myself to other readers, but thankfully that's long over.

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  5. You are so right. Of course you can urge yourself to read but that isn't fun.
    I have a special tactic against a reading slump. I wait a few days and choose than one of my all-time-favourites to read. There are a couple of books which can make me always happy and relaxed about reading.
    Recently I have had another problem: my life has been so busy that there have been days without reading a single word. That makes me sad. So better a reading slump than no time for reading.
    But I have to admit I love my book statistics. The numbers aren't so important. I simply find the whole lists (per year) interesting. For example how many pages I've read over the last years and if the books have been thick or thin . It's only a look and I know with genre I've read the most or if I have read more books in English or German. You see I really enjoy this stuff:D.

    P.S. I like your new pixy haircut. Very stylish:)

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    1. Thanks. :)

      When I'm very busy I also struggle with finding the time to read, that's why I love it so much that I'm nearly daily more than two hours on the train. Train time is reading time.

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  6. I agree 100% that being a happy and relaxed reader is the best, which is why I try not to overburden myself with review requests! I prefer to read what I want, when I want.
    I usually handle my slumps by reading something different like graphic novels, magazines, audiobooks, blogs, etc. Or I'll work on my knitting and photography. The worst slumps are when I want to read but can't find a single book that suits my mood! I'll be starting a book and putting it back on the shelf... starting another, back on the shelf... starting, back on the shelf... Ah! Hate that!

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    1. The last thing you describe is indeed very frustrating, sometimes it's very hard to pinpoint which book fits to a certain mood.

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