I have a question for you – do you think reading slumps are real? Spoiler Alert- I don’t
Here is what I’ve decided my definition of a reading slump is gathered by everyone’s reaction to not reading:
A reading slump is the unfortunate occurrence where reading doesn’t happen. The reason could be laziness, busyness, the desire to do other activities (i.e.; Netflix), book boredom, or simply the act of procrastination. AKA reading ain’t happenin’, period.
I think the number one reason why people suddenly pronounce loudly and sadly that they are in a reading slump is the issue of not being able to get into a book. Any book. “I’VE TRIED ALL THE BOOKS!” All you want to do is scream, “SELF, FINISH A BOOK NOW!”. Thus, book boredom occurs. But, see, I don’t think boredom equals a slump. You (me?) are bored, that is all. You gotta unbored yourself. Because it can get worse…
You know what happens when I get bored with a book? I put it down and eyeball it every now and then while marathoning something on Netflix. There IS a simple solution though. Pick a different book. I have a bad habit of when not liking a book I feel guilty, and I end up falling out of the reading habit. It is ridiculous, I know I’m working on it haha. I told you it gets worse, the reading habit is what is important. I think a reading slump should be renamed “my reading habit is gone for ___ reason”. Anywho. I think when proclaiming to the World Wide Web that a reading slump danger is impending you must either a) pick another book if your bored, b) turn off netflix, c) quit being lazy, or d) just pick up your book even it is only 5 pages at a time. Simple right? Otherwise it becomes procrastination and doom follows.
I am currently in the process of picking up my reading habit again after assuming I was in the ill fated slump for a super ridiculous amount of time. I got to thinking about how I honestly feel like the big slump is a myth. There IS a real reason readin’ isn’t happening. For me I lost my habit I think. You know what I’m doing? I have unofficially challenged myself to read everyday for 30 days. So far so good. I saw a BookTube video on this which totally inspired this. Click here to be inspired too.
So an inquiring mind wants to know, do you think reading slumps are a thing? I think the reading slump is a catch all phrase for whatever reason your not reading. Plus, I think it is perfectly acceptable for your reading to be happening more/less during your life depending on what is going on. I think the trick is not to lose the reading habit completely. For me buying books helps this.