Discussion: How I Deal With Reading Slumps
How I Deal With Reading Slumps
Hi guys! So, I don't know about you all, but I'm the QUEEN of reading slumps! It usually happens when I'm reading too much and get burnt out. But I also get slumps when I read too much of one type of book or age group.
If I'm reading too much and I get burnt out, I usually need to take a reading break and do something else: catch up on my DVR, do some blogging, blog hopping, etc. I got so burnt out last year and it got to a point where I NEVER wanted to read.
I am one of those people who can't just read book after book after book. I need a break in between- usually to write my review. I don't do well when I put reviews off, because I forget things about the book I was so passionate and excited to talk about. So, because I need a break in between books (if I finish a book early in the day, I can usually start another that night or if I finish an hour or two before bed, I'll wait to start a new book the next day), and that has helped keep me from reading too much and getting burnt out.
If I'm reading too much of the same genre (which I tend to do- I read A LOT of contemporary romances), I find I need to switch it up. If I've read a few contemporaries, it's time to do a fantasy or a sci-fi book. The same goes with my age groups. If I read a YA, I typically try to pick a NA/Adult book afterwards. Sometimes I need the more adult feel and sometimes I flat out need the sexier content.
When you read too much of the same genre, I feel like it starts to blur together because so many of the same elements are there. So, it's nice to go from a contemporary romance to a historical fiction book, or something of that nature. It's like every time I read another genre, it's all shiny and new!
Teresa and I used to host a reading challenge called Jumble Your Genres, where each month focused on a different genre. I really liked that reading challenge and I don't know if anyone does something similar, but I may need to do something like that next year because it's so easy for me to fall in the contemporary romance hole!
So, that's what helps me! What about you guys? How did you deal with reading slumps? Do you switch genres and/or age groups to help you out?