a readers worst nightmare.
not being able to pick up a book and read because you just can’t, you just can’t read.person 1: “what’s the matter with you?”
reader: ” I CAN’T READ , NO BOOK IS GOOD ENOUGH, LEAVE ME ALONE, READING SLUMP
person 1: uhm….. okay.
Source: Urban Dictionary: reading slump
According to Goodreads, I am “currently reading” 6 books, and that doesn’t include the one I am actually listening to and the one I picked up last night, in the hopes to get out of this slump. Uff. I’m a one-at-a-time girl, so having 8 books in the air is not like me. On Goodreads you can create folders and a while ago I created a “did not finish – taking too long” (DNF in the book blog world). I’ll have to do some updating, I guess, but really these are all books that I do want to finish. So I’ll leave them in my Currently Reading folder and hope to get in the mood to read them soon!
So I’ve implemented a few action steps to hopefully jumpstart my reading again.
- I picked up Maeve Binchy. A book of a collection of her short stories was published after her death. They are previously published stories, in magazines, other compilations, etc., and now they’re all together in a book called “A Few of the Girls.” Reading Maeve is like talking to an old friend. I think she’ll keep me reading a bit.
- I started listening to “The Girl on the Train.” I’ve heard good things about it and am finding it compelling to listen to. It’s a little hard to follow the audio, as I remember things differently when I listen vs read with my eyes, but I think I’ve gotten past the confusing part and am excited to listen to more.
- I went to Books on Tap at Forager Brewery last night. It’s been on my calendar since it began but last night was the first night the stars aligned so I could go. The group is informal and flexible and different every meeting, I think. All you need to do is talk about what you’re reading right now, books you love, books you hate, anything related to books. The moderator from the library kept a running list of every book that was mentioned and will email it out to all. I can talk about books, even if I’m not reading anything currently, and I got some sympathy from the avid readers for the feeling of being in a slump. I didn’t want to go alone, so Jenny was going to meet me there, but she was late and it was ok. I could go alone next time if I had to. Of course, the best part was rehashing books and life and having a little supper afterwards with Jenny, but I could go alone if I had to. Book people are book people!
- And yesterday I signed up to do a book blog about a book by Patricia Sands. I read and reviewed “The Promise of Provence” a few years ago and another of her books is being released on May 17 (“I Promise you This”). It’s the 3rd in a trilogy, so I guess I better read the second one quick! See! There’s incentive and desire to read!
Have you ever had a reading slump? What did you do about it?