Get ready for some gloating.
I, Olivia of Bookcomet, am proud to announce that I am officially a reading slump pre-empterer (yes that’s what you call it).
I have been in enough reading slumps (trust me, one reading slump is too many) before and I’m finally starting to recognise that feeling I get as the slump is loooooming. No, I’m not psychic (or am I?) but rather just experienced.
That or I finally got smart enough to not read because I have to. Reading ain’t no chore. Even if it may feel like it sometimes (I’m talking to you TBR pile of great proportions.
So this is where the smart (possibly according to them) among us turn to me and say “Wait a minute. How do you know you were going to go into a reading slump if you can’t see the future?”
That is so your facial expression.
And to which I say:
But nicely. Probably with a cheery smile and a twinkle in my eye. Nah probs not.
No, but you ARE right. I don’t know if I ever would have reached the slump. And we never will…unless of course you can time-travel (Doctor Who, if you’re reading this, TAKE ME WITH YOU!) and you throw a book (gently) at me that I really wanted at the time. Shouldn’t be too hard. There’s always a book I want *sigh*.
Genuinely, I think it has worked. I knew I was heading towards a slump because I was not really motivated at all to read (a rarity in Oliviaworld) and I wasn’t all that excited about my TBR.
So, I was like “nope”. I’ve never really just stopped reading before because I’m, well, always reading.
I can only think of one appropriate way to sum this up: “Hello, my name is Olivia *it’s time for you all to chorus ‘Hi, Olivia’* and I haven’t read for approximately 2 days. But I’m doing good and coping real well *now, you clap*. Thanks.”
And it has worked a treat because now I’m really excited about getting back to reading. Two days not reading is a really big thing for me. I always have a book on the go, even if I’m bogged down in studying and it’s only for five minutes. But I’m really excited and have this little reading planner thing going on that I think will help me cut through some of my reading load.
My advice to you is that if you get an inkling that a reading slump is approaching and your books are being naughty and not calling to you, then perhaps the best thing for you to do is give it time. Soon enough I’m sure a book will grab your attention. Wise words, eh?
…Not really. But it has helped me and I hope it helps you!
Are you a reading slump pre-empterer? Or do you just keep pushing through and hoping it never comes? Or, do you not suffer from reading slumps (um…)?
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