You may know, that over the past year, maybe even the two years, I have been on one of those lovely things us readers like to call a reading slump. Lovely.
For those of you who don’t know, that’s where you don’t read, you can’t get into any books, and reading becomes a chore – often for a significant period of time. So to put it simply, for a bookworm, THEY SUCK.
There. I said it. (Glambert anyone??)
But, arguably reading slumps can have some positives, although you may have to do some digging to find them – and so here we go.
Let’s start with the most obvious side to the argument:
First and foremost, reading becomes something you don’t enjoy, and as a bookworm that’s not something we want to endure.
It’s an emotional time.
The TBR pile grows ever taller until it threatens to swallow us whole, as you miss out on all the new releases and your backlist increases in size and depth. Because guess who still has reads from 2017 to get to. Twenty. Seven. Teen. *looks away and awkwardly avoids eye contact*.
If you’re a book blogger. Then comes the issue of WHAT ON EARTH DO YOU POST.
Book blogger = post about books. Not reading = no books to write about.
Some of you may remember (highly unlikely) but I actually had a book blog under a similar name for about 3 months – I was excited and really enjoying posting, but then the book slump hit. And I had no clue what to write about??
So the blog fizzled out. I didn’t have anything to blog about because books and reading was a no go. So I just didn’t post.
Thankfully the slump is over and I was super eager to restart this, so here I am. But if it happens again, where will that put A Literary Latte??
If reading is part of your regular routine, as I imagine it is for most bookworms then it can really throw that completely out of sync.
What do you do on your morning train ride commute?? How do you hide from your relatives?? *I’m kidding… obviously*. What do you do before you sleep?? What do you do on your lunch break?? Talk??
Not being able to read can really throw off your routine which can be confusing and is so weird to go through??
At this point, you may be thinking that’s the end of the post. Surely there can be no positives?? Surely.
You wouldn’t think so. But this is a discussion post. So I have to try and balance the argument so it is unbiased (GCSE English doing me proud wow) – and that means really digging deep to the deepest depths of the deep to find some positives of a reading slump.
You become productive. I see you shuddering, yes, productive. Not that dangerously similar word, procrastinating.
Without reading, I found that I was being more productive?? Studying became more of a common occurrence (wow, who is she) and I found I had one less excuse for not starting work (99 instead of 100 – look at me go ;).
Sometimes, other hobbies may exist, and I know it’s crazy, but sometimes, they may be enjoyable.
Without reading, it’s only naturally that I have to get that 99 back up to 100 and that includes finding other hobbies.
Something I’m considering is learning to play the piano/keyboard. Fun fact.
4 thoughts on “The Highs and Lows of a Reading Slump”
Haha I totally agree. I have a co-blogger, so it’s a bit less or a panic if one of us hits a slump. I am also usually like 10 reviews behind, so I always have back-up lol I do have other hobbies, so balancing them out can be interesting to begin with lol
Yes balancing hobbies can definitely be difficult – it’s so hard to decide which to give priority!
This is a great discussion! Thankfully I haven’t had a reading slump in a while (did I just jinx myself? let’s hope not) but I find it’s normally because I’m super busy and just can’t find the time to read, so honestly, when I’m in a reading slump I don’t even really think about the fact that I’m in one? I’m too occupied studying, dancing, and being overwhelmed by life. I’m not sure if that made any sense at all??
It is frustrating to feel like you have a lack of content in a slump, I relate to that so much! As a book blogger and bookstagrammer, being in a reading slump means that I really don’t have too much to share. When I’m in a book slump, my blog definitely takes a hit as well.
Lovely post! ❤
Thank you Olivia! ❤
Ahh no I hope you haven’t jinked yourself haha – reading slumps are so horrible.
Being busy tends to be the primary reason I would be in a reading slump too – recently because of exams, and now that they’re over and I have so much free time – I’m out of it!
Yeah, I didn’t really consider that I was in a reading slump until the end of my exams. I realised how I had done virtually no reading in so long and I couldn’t wait to finish so I could get started on my tbr haha.
Yes it’s so frustrating – especially when you have so many books you want to read but can’t seem to start. I was reading posts and adding to my tbr without feeling motivated to read or post myself at all which is so annoying!
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