A friend of mine had a facebook status last week that read:
I don't know if this is a book slump or a brain slump but I can't get into anything lately and it's bumming me out.
The very next day, a gentleman came into Saddletowne asking for new book recommendations. I asked him what he liked to read. His reply: mysteries, but he also said that he felt like he had read everything in the mystery section....written by a man....with a male protagonist.
The reading slump is an all-too-common occurrence, so if you know what I'm talking about, you're not alone. Symptoms of a reading slump can include: complete disinterest in reading anything at all, lack of inspiration for finding books, over-enthusiasm for a book to where the thought of reading anything else is completely unappealing, or just difficulty focusing on the book you're currently reading.
I have been scouring the internet looking at reading blogs for suggestions on how to break a reading slump. Here are some of my favourite suggestions:
- Set goals for yourself - much like a New Year's resolution, only for reading. Have you always wanted to tackle a book behemoth like Moby Dick? Now might be your chance.
- Set aside intentional reading time - I know I am really guilty of not doing this. We are constantly on the go, and when we have free time, it is entirely too easy to fill it with other things. Set aside 20, 30, 45, 60 minutes of reading a day for yourself. Remember, the CBC has reported on the health benefits of reading. Read! It's good for you!
- Find a palate cleanser - find something really different to read. This suggestion is especially helpful if you have been obsessed with a book series and you're waiting for the next book to come out, like the Heroes of Olympus or Game of Thrones....still.....waiting......
- Switch genres - if you tend to devour mysteries, try some fantasy. If you read historical fiction, try some young adult books. If you love stories about real life, try some sci-fi. Stretch your comfort zone!
Saddletowne has a new display for the month of October called Break your Routine! Find a wide array of books for you and your family, chosen to help shake up the doldrums of the horrible, no good, very bad reading slump!
I must admit, I've been in a slump of my own. If you read my blog from May 28th, I very ardently and earnestly declared my hatred for books about love. Well, I'm so desperate to end a reading slump of my own, I have acquired a copy of a book called If You Were Mine. A book. About. Love.
This is me, eating my words.
PS - If you're looking for something creative and fun, I just saw Boxtrolls at the movie theatre last night. Fantastic story and animation, based on the book Here be Monsters by Alan Snow. Palate cleanser, anyone?