Saturday, November 19, 2016

What to do when you're in a reading slump

Lately, I've been in a major reading slump. The same thing happened to me last year around this time. Right now, I find myself wanting to read, but then when I start reading, I can't get into the book and decide I'm not really in the mood to read after all. This has happened to me with several different books now, so I've finally accepted that I am, in fact, in a reading slump.

Sometimes, when I'm in a reading slump, I'll try to read things I wouldn't normally read, or that I don't read as often, so I've been trying to read some non-fiction, but even that's been a struggle. Instead, I'm doing the exact same thing now that I did last year: binge-watching TV. Here's what I've been binge-watching during my slump.

The Walking Dead

I've also been doing a lot coloring in an adult coloring book one of my friends gave me. As much as I've enjoyed watching those shows and coloring, I kind of wish I was doing something else to get through the slump--writing, maybe, or taking up a new hobby. Some days, I think I'll try painting, or learning embroidery, or, if I'm feeling ambitious enough, learning how to quilt. Those thoughts last maybe a minute or so before the TV goes on, which sometimes results in me feeling like I'm wasting my days watching TV instead of doing something productive, or at least a little more active.

What do you do when you're in a reading slump? Do you have any suggestions for hobbies I can try, or recommendations on how to get out of a slump? Let me know in the comments!


Anonymous said...

I try to find a short book that is wildly popular. Something I can devour in one gulp. That usually kickstarts my reading habit. The last book that worked that way was Lily and the Octopus.

Kelly said...

Great idea! I'll have to try that.