It wasn’t my plan to chat about my reading slump this week, I was hoping for something a little more stimulating to discuss. Alas, my reading slump has become a blogging slump and writing has become as uninspiring as finding a book I actually want to read.

Slumps seem to be a common occurrence amongst bloggers at the moment. Charlie made a very interesting observation, that slumps can become circular. A continual move back and forth between barely reading and reading everything under the sun. I definitely find myself experiencing this monsoon-drought reading cycle.

I’ve also found that blogging can often bring on a slump. The need to write a review weekly – especially when books are okay but don’t scream ‘write about me’ – can be a hindrance as well as an enjoyable experience.

Neither of these thoughts has brought me to any sort of conclusion, so the slump continues.

Perhaps all I need is another good book to rejuvenate my mind. Any suggestions? By good, I mean The Secret History or Parade’s End good.*

* I probably mean epic.

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Cedar Station
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I’ve been in a major slump too, and I still haven’t completely climbed out of it. This week I decided to abandon my rigid to-read list and just pick up whatever I felt like reading, and I ended up with a couple of books I don’t think I would normally have chosen, but that I’m enjoying very much. But it is slow-going. I hope we both get out of our slumps soon!

I totally agree with the circular thing — it definitely feels that way.

Alex
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I always find that anything I read when I am really in a slump I tend to drag down to the level of my slumpness (if that makes sense) so my way out is to re-read books that I know I will love and let that gently bring me back out of my slough of despond.

Fleur in her World
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This is the unanswerable questions, but my best suggestion is do something else entirely and wait for a book to call you. It might be a book you’ve always meant to read, it might be a favourite to read again …..

Jenny @ Reading the End
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Have you read Sarah Waters’s Fingersmith? Cause that one is pretty damn good. Or oh! Have you read Chaim Potok’s The Chosen? I admit I’m biased because I read it when I was fourteen but OH MY GOD that book.

Violet
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Reading slumps are so painful. I never had them before I started blogging and I’m pretty sure that the ‘overwhelm factor’ of being made aware that there are SO MANY books I need to read has a lot to do with feeling in a slump. I’ve found that the best way out of it it, for me, is to read what I want to, whether that be a fluffy Regency romance or a biography that no one else would be remotely interested in. The pressure of ‘having’ to produce blog posts can be kind of overwhelming sometimes. I push myself… Read more »

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Asti (Oh, the Books!)
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I do think reviews can contribute to slumps. We’re more critical of the books we’re reading just because of the fact that we’re trying to think about them in a review way, and then when we find that none of them blow us away we’re discouraged to keep reading. It’s rough! Maybe just reading and not reviewing for a bit may help? Maybe rereading a favorite might be good? Maybe you should just embrace the slump and marathon some shows on Netflix? haha. I don’t know! I haven’t read the epic book you mentioned, but I’ve most recently fallen in… Read more »

Bryan G. Robinson
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You are not alone. Lately, it seems like there are a lot of folks going through the same thing and here’s what a few have decided to do. http://www.stillunfinished.com/2014/09/21/the-sunday-salon-the-maybe-ive-got-an-answer-to-the-blogging-slump-edition/ Me? I’m going simple too. Three posts a week and that is it. As for reviews, I don’t do them so I feel no pressure. I talk about books once a week but don’t do reviews of them.