How to Get Out of a Reading Slump

May was spent participating in a bookstagram photo challenge and also buying books, sorting books, and reading about books in hopes to add some more interesting titles to my TBR – not that mine is short and in need of any new additions. As a result, I found myself in an epic reading slump, and thought of the ways to drag myself out of it. Here’s what I came up with – maybe it will help you as well?

(photo by Oxana)

Limit your choice

Choice is good, but when it’s wide, it’s hard to focus on something. If you have a lot of books, pick several for your TBR pile, and pretend that you’ve got nothing else.

Stop buying books

This tip will not work for everybody, as there are sensible people out there who are meticulous in only buying books they intend to read immediately – but I ain’t one of ’em. Thanks to my parents, my grandparents and the humble ole me, my library is huge. I know it won’t be getting any smaller, but I should certainly control how many books I buy. There is a strong correlation between me buying a lot of books and not reading anything. The more time (and money!) I spend in bookshops, the less time I spend actually reading. Perhaps you’re the same? Then stop buying, and get to reading!

Shop your shelves

Stand in front of your bookshelves and imagine yourself in a library or in a bookshop. Pick a book and recall why you got it in the first place. Then ‘take it home’ to read. 😀

Go for your favourites

Whenever I feel stuck in my reading, I pick up a book by my favourite author or in my favourite genre – or both! Agatha Christie, I’m looking at you.

Explore a new genre

But perhaps you like shaking things up a little instead? Explore a new genre then. If you’re a romance reader, pick up a mystery; if you like mysteries, take a look at fantasy, etc. If your reading is pretty much across all genres, look for a subgenre or for a category that you haven’t touched in a long time.

Join a readalong

I’ve never been in a readalong before, but I hear it’s fun and motivating. We’ll see how I fare in June, with a Wilkie Collins one. 😉

Join a readathon

Now these, I’ve done. Even if it won’t kick you out of your reading slump indefinitely, you’re bound to get some reading done! I’m not the most prolific readathoner in the universe. I think the best I’ve done was three rather short books. Nevertheless, it was enough for me to become caught up with my reading goal for that year – and it did kick me out of my reading slump.

Set a timer

Set a timer for 10, 20, 30 minutes, and get going. When the time is up, stop. But I guarantee you, you’ll want to continue.

Aim for 20 pages a day

20 pages a day is not a lot. An experienced reader could easily get through that amount, so even if you feel uninspired, you’ll be able to do it. When you’re done with 20 pages, stop. Chances are, though, just like with the timer point above, you’d want to get going after your 20 pages are done.

Change your setting

If your usual reading place is in your bedroom, move to another place in your house. If the weather permits, go outside. I love reading in the park on a good weather day. Another popular choice is a cafe or a coffee shop.

A post shared by Alex (@readanythingonce) on

Make your setting

I find that I read (write, sleep…) better if I have a dedicated space in the house to do so. I don’t have one now, and I do believe that it affects my reading mood. If you feel like your reading joy has dropped, perhaps find a corner in your house to make deliberately bookish?

Drop it

Do you make it a point to finish all books that you start? Life’s too short to waste it on bad print. If you feel inclined, skim the remaining pages to get a rough idea of how it pans out – then drop that mother, together with the habit of digging through pages and pages of bollocks.

Take a break

If all else fails, just take a break. No one can perform at 100% capacity all the time. Perhaps it’s time to take a break and digest what you’ve read before. Some books overwhelm you, give you a reading hang-over, or even put you in a reading coma. Give yourself a few days to think through what you’ve read, then slowly pick out your next read, and begin again.

How has your reading been going? Any advice on how to get out of a reading slump?

What I’ve Read – January-March 2018

How’s your bookish year going? Mine isn’t half bad. I’ve read a variety of genres, and a decent mix of ebooks and paper books. Shall we dig in?

A post shared by Alex (@readanythingonce) on

I started the year by finishing Galbraith’s Career of Evil. Good mystery, more backstory, awesome thriller points – the third in the Strike series comes highly recommended from me. Cuckoo’s Calling was rather twee, Silkworm was full of grotesque. Both enjoyable (especially Silkworm – I continue to be amazed by J.K. Rowling, it takes balls and talent to write that shit), but Career of Evil is the best one so far.

Continue reading “What I’ve Read – January-March 2018”

Books in 2017, and ‘Goals’ for 2018

books

2017 was a good year for me in books. I read 21, which is 4 more than my original challenge of 17. I discovered some new (to me) authors, but most importantly I think I finally brought back my reading mojo.

Aside from that, I also bought much less than I usually do (which is a good thing), and I found myself reading what I already have. It wasn’t quite the three out one in I was hoping for, but it was still better than other years.

Fingers crossed for 2018. God willing, these trends will continue.

In 2017 I also started a separate Instagram account for all my book-related posts.

A post shared by Alex (@readanythingonce) on

Come join me there if you haven’t yet!

At first I thought that Goodreads yearly review would be enough for me, but no. I want to write an actual post, even if it’s just a line or two about each book I’ve read last year.

Even if my notes are short, the post itself is still kinda long – after all, I am talking about twenty-one books here. So it’s all blissfully hidden under the cut. If you’re not keen on book notes, scroll down to the very end for my tentative 2018 reading goals.

Enjoy!

Continue reading “Books in 2017, and ‘Goals’ for 2018”

Six Good Things Sunday #4

Hello, hello! I’ve taken quite a lengthy pause from publishing new installments of SGTS. I want SGTS to be as genuine as possible, and with that in mind I try to compose these posts of things that have really kept me going during the last two weeks or so. These lists were difficult to write as of late. Instead of forcing it, I just let it slide.

But I’m back! Sometimes you just have to push yourself a little.

spanish reader fairytales

Spanish

When I look back through all the SGTS I’ve posted so far, I see that Spanish has appeared in at least half of them. It’s not the only language that I am learning, but it’s the one that gives me most emotional satisfaction. I’ve been a bit slack in my studies for the last week or two, but in the past few days I’ve made a bigger effort, and it feels good.

dyninno umbrella spring

Spring

Spring has been quite temperamental. Isn’t it always? We’ve been through really warm days (20+ C), and we’ve had some cold ones (2 C). Of course, it’s the weekends that get all the cold and the wind. But the trees are in bloom, and the grass is getting green everywhere, so it’s all good.

spring temperamental

makeup inventory sgts

Makeup Inventory

I’ve been tallying up the amount of make-up and skincare items that I own, and the numbers have left me a bit discombobulated. I’m on a self-imposed make-up buying ban. Judging by the size of my skin and hair care stash, I might ban myself from purchasing those items as well.

striped rainboots on a tree stump

Walks

Walking to and from work and taking long strolls in the evenings and on the weekends is doing wonders to my disposition – and health. I’m not quite in a happy place, but meh. It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.

peter principle blog

Ideas

Some time this week my father visited me and dropped a bunch of books at home. Amongst them was the book on the Peter Principle. I’ve been familiar with the concept for a while, but it hasn’t resonated with me as strongly before. Certain events in my work and personal life were not pleasant, and they continue to disappoint. This book has been a great reminder to take my side projects and ideas more seriously. This, too, has been aiding my otherwise low disposition. Moldova is not known as the land of opportunities, but sometimes you just have to take a risk, because you’re tired of constantly feeling cramped and trapped.

Prodigy

As any other person out there, I run a list of things I want to achieve and experience in life. On that list is a section on bands and artists I want to see performing live. Hearing the news about The Prodigy’s show in Kishinev was amazing. I’ll be buying my ticket next week.

spring sunny