Discussion: Reading Slumps

Sometimes I get in a kind of mood where I don’t want to do any kind of reading.  I’ll waste hours on the computer, binge watch Game of Thrones, do 2000 piece puzzles, anything just to keep from reading.  Usually these moods come about after reading a particularly bad or difficult book, the kind that makes you feel like reading is work rather than pleasure.  As a book blogger who generally writes 4 reviews per week this can present a problem.

When I’m in a reading slump I either do one of two things: wait for it to pass on its own or try to motivate myself by reading a book from my TBR pile that could be really good.  Both of these strategies generally work for me but there have been times when they haven’t.

Have you guys ever had reading slumps?  If so, what did you do to get out of the slump?  And if you’re a book blogger, how do reading slumps affect your blogging?


  1. guyportman

    No, but I’ve had plenty of writing slumps. I can appreciate that book blogging is a serious undertaking. Writing four reviews every week is a lot, you obviously read much faster than me. If you’re reading that many books you are bound to get some duds. Thank God for Game of Thrones.

    • Carrie Slager

      I think all kinds of writers go through slumps, be they fiction writers or bloggers like myself. When you read as much as I do it’s easy to slip into that “I don’t want to do this anymore” funk. But then I remember how much fun reading is and devour books at my usual speed again.

  2. Rabindranauth

    I’ve had em, now and again, mainly when I have work to do and can’t focus on reading despite trying. And how do I get over em? Before I’d just dawdle around the house and maybe actually watch a little TV for once, or go online and waste a few hours on GoodReads. These days, I hop online and put together some draft reviews for in the future. Compliments of this, I sort of have enough reviews ready to run my blog automatically straight through to June if I wanted >_> So I guess it’s a good thing? Lol.

    • Carrie Slager

      That’s awesome that you could run your blog automatically for so long. I thought I was obsessive with my scheduling but you’ve obviously got me beat! Some months I’m a whole month ahead in scheduling and other times I do my reviews day by day, like right now. That’s why I definitely take advantage of being in a reading mood.

      • Rabindranauth

        It’s only temporary, I worked to that so I wouldn’t be as tempted to come on WordPress when finals begin, lol. From June, when I’m free, I’m going to post as I finish reading books, and no schedules, lol.

  3. Jemima Pett

    I’d be more surprised if you didn’t have slumps. You seem to do good things to refresh your brain when you get them!

  4. Scatty

    Sometimes when I’m in a really bad slump and reading a potentially good TBR book or waiting for it to pass doesn’t work, I’ll go and reread a favorite. I know I love it and it can usually get me back up to speed again.

  5. Carla J. Hanna

    Slumps are so normal and a good sign for you to cut back on self-induced deadlines to avoid a major burn-out. I didn’t read a single novel for three years after I finished my Masters degree. I focused on literary criticism and persuasion, disciplines that taught me how to deconstruct a text but also took all joy out of reading.

    You love Egyptian historical fiction. When you hit that slump, I suggest some history books that take that cultural influence into the next century or into a social problem that keeps occurring.

    • Carrie Slager

      Thanks for the advice Carla! When I do get into reading slumps I try to recognize the signs of burnout and scale things back a bit. It doesn’t always work but I eventually get over my slumps.

  6. katherinereads

    Yeah, I’ve had plenty of reading slumps! I try to get out of them with a really well hyped book or a reread of a book I know I will love. Now, I can even feel them approaching so I have enough time to block one before they settle in.

  7. Tanya Patrice

    I sometimes wait it out, or I reach for a tried and true favorite genre that’s like candy – romance! The cheesier the better. I never read these books at any other time, but they sure do pick me up when I’m in a funk.

    • Carrie Slager

      Haha, that’s so true! Sometimes when I’m in a slump I’ll go back and read one of my favourite books from when I was a kid. Or just pick up some totally trashy romance, which is becoming my latest guilty pleasure. 🙂

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  9. James Kennedy

    Rest for a few days then get back into reviewing. Start with your “default” genre—something you know you’re very likely to enjoy. Or watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. It’s awesome! 🙂

    • Carrie Slager

      That’s good advice James. Maybe I will watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2; I watched the first one and thoroughly enjoyed it. But lately I’ve been on a Walking Dead kick since I just bought myself the DVD of the second season. 😀

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