Hello friends! I hope wherever you are you have everything you need and you are keeping healthy.
This past Saturday marked two weeks since I finished a book. I’ve been trying to read the same damn book for over two weeks. The book isn’t terribly long or even that bad. I’d like to blame it on limited time- but I don’t have all that much less time now than I did a few months ago.
I’m hoping it’s not really a reading slump but at the same time, I’m just not as excited about reading as I used to be. It could be that February was chock full of mediocre books. It could be that I’m feeling the pressure of getting through all ten ARCs I have due (although I should note, ten in a month is typically doable for me). It could be that my job is emotionally draining and I really just need to stock up on creative strategies for zombie killing now that all my paranoid
delusions fantasies are coming true:
Maybe it’s all of those things. Maybe it’s none of them.
Either way- I’m feeling frustrated (and perhaps a little disappointed) with myself. Am I just picking the wrong books? Will it even get better when I’m freed up to go back to mood and buddy reading? Complicating matters, I’m not enjoying books I had fully expected to love, and I’m questioning whether I even like the fantasy genre any more.
It’s come to a point where I feel like so many of these books just sound the same: hero goes on epic quest, displaced princess saves the world, enemies to lovers romance! I feel like I’m missing out on the witty banter and exciting action scenes that once seemed to come to me so easily, Six of Crows, The Greatcoats, The Thief. In short, where have all my favorite books gone?
Maybe I’m so stressed out that I don’t feel like I have time to read complex world building and deep characters. I want all flash and no substance. Things I don’t have to think about.
Anyway. It’s enough to make me want to reread all my old favorites: The Last Kingdom and Under the Dome, Too Like the Lightning and maybe even an Anita Blake novel or three. Yes, this slump has reached vampire orgy levels of desperation.
What I came here to ask, is what are your methods for coping with reading slumps? Is it okay to put the ARCs aside for a week or two to get back in the groove? Do I reread an old favorite? Change up my genre?