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?