You settle in for a nice evening alone. You make yourself a cup of cocoa, get your favorite TARDIS blanket and are ready for a nice evening of reading. You wander over to your bookshelf, full of books to be read and begin deciding what you are in the mood for.
Some fantasy, maybe? Meh…not really in the mood to learn a new world and/or magic system.
How about some historical fiction? Well, it sounds good but which historical period should I go with? And whichever one I pick, I’ll be in that kind of mood, and that might conflict with the time period of the novel I’m currently working on. A time period which I admittedly need a little break from.
Maybe non-fiction? Eh…I don’t feel like thinking too hard.
Has this ever happened to you? You want to read, but you just don’t know what? It happens to the best of us.
Here are some ways I like to combat my reading slump:
Re-read an old favorite
It’s familiar, you know the world, you know the ending, and you know you’ll enjoy reading it. Like everyone my age, I always enjoy returning to Harry Potter or Hobbit/Lord of the Rings. Plus, if you’re rereading a book you’ve only read once, you might pick up on things you didn’t when you read it the first time through!
There is no shame in going into the attic and cracking open a book you loved when you were younger. You just might find yourself binging on Dr. Seuss or Berenstain Bears! Okay, so maybe you don’t go that young. But Animorphs or Judy Blume can contribute to a lovely evening of nostalgia.
“Based on the novel…”
You can’t go to the cinema or a streaming service (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime) these days without finding a movie or show based on a book. Are you loving NBC’s New Amsterdam? It’s based on a book! Can’t get enough of Man in the High Castle? You may (or may not, reader beware) enjoy the book! I find reading slumps are often caused by apprehension of the unknown. If you enjoy the movie, you know the book will be better!
I was an elementary school librarian for 6 years and I’m almost done with my Master’s in Library Studies. Hear me now. Audiobooks are reading. Audiobooks are not cheating. Audiobooks are REAL READING. Sorry, I just had to get that off my chest, but this is a hill I would die on. I enjoy crocheting, and an audiobook is often a welcome companion during my projects. While audiobooks can be expensive, even if you have an Audible account, that is what your local library is for! Free audiobooks! If you don’t feel like getting in the car, check out the OverDrive app to see if your local library is connected with them. You sign up with your library card and you can start listening to an audiobook immediately!
DON’T KNOCK IT! Honestly. If there’s is a book/show/movie that you love, I guarantee there is fan fiction out there about it. And, really, reading is reading. Whether you’re reading Tolstoy or Emador, reading is beneficial to your health, happiness, and well-being.
(Image credit: tea time with katie and chelsea)
So the next time you look over at your TBR pile and feel guilty about not picking a book from there, just remember: every book in its own time! The important thing is that you enjoy what you’re reading!
After finishing this post, I was reminded that Brogums wrote a similar post last year. You can check it out for more ideas on how to beat a reading slump!
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