As a book blogger, I kinda have to read, a lot. So when I find myself not pushed about picking up my books, I know there’s a problem! Nick Quantrill (author) recently suggested maybe writing about it, because we hear of writer’s block, but not much about reader’s block. So I’m writing this… when I should be reading!!!
The irony in this is that my blog name is BIBLIOPHILE Book Club:
Now, I have no issue with the admiring and collecting of books, as anyone who follows me on here or social media can attest to, but every so often my reading mojo decides its time for a little holiday and leaves me in a bit of trouble!
Anyway, last time I was in a bad reading slump, I mentioned it briefly in this old post from earlier this year: I’ve hit the wall…& Weekly Wrap Up so I’m going to chat about it a bit more this time I think.
There have been a number of things suggested to me to help get rid of the reader’s block, so I’m going to list them here as though they don’t work for me, they might help someone else.
- Read some short stories or novellas.
- Re-read an old favourite.
- Pick a book that you want to read as opposed to one you need to read.
- Write something.
- Watch some tv, or a good movie to keep your brain occupied.
- Read a magazine (The National Enquirer is GOLD for this one!!!)
- Read a kids book.
- Read outside your preferred genre.
- Walk away from the books, they will still be there when you come back.
I have done most, if not all of these, in my quest to try and get back into a reading rhythm, but to no avail this time round.
Funnily enough, it seems I got writers block with this post too. It’s been 5 days since I started this post, and I genuinely couldn’t finish it because I didn’t even know what to write. Even now, I’m only checking in while I’m prepping the blog tour posts that are coming up on here.
I’m still reading, but I’m reading books that I’m on blog tours for first and then I’ll move onto review requests again. I think this slump is making me feel like I’m at school, and I have to read as opposed to picking books to read for pleasure.
In writing that, I genuinely don’t remember the last book I read that I picked! And it’s not like I don’t have any to choose from, I have literally hundreds of books on my shelves and kindle!
This is just a snapshot of some of my TBR…
So, have you ever had a reading slump? If so, how do you get out of it? I’d be interested to see if there’s anything I haven’t tried yet!
Let me know in the comments 😊