16 January 2012

Book Blogger Confessions #2


Book Blogger Confessions is a twice-monthly MeMe hosted by For What It's Worth.  It's a great way to find out more about your favourite bloggers, and pick up some useful hints and tips along the way!

Have you ever had reading/blogging slumps? How do you work through them or work around them? 

I haven't had a blogging slump yet *touch wood* - I'm more than a little obsessed with writing posts, posting giveaways, writing reviews and replying to comments.

Reading is a bit of a different story. I can read six or seven books back to back and then suddenly hit a wall - nothing holds my attention, and I flit from book to book like a sparrow on steroids. It happens mostly when I'm pushing myself to reach a target or work through a backlog or I read too many 'similar' books in a row - it's like I've overloaded my brain and nothing else will fit in, no matter how hard I try.

I've developed a few strategies for overcoming reading slumps over the past couple of years - reading an anthology of short stories usually helps, I think it helps to reset my brain, and I start to pine for more character development, longer stories and to completely immerse myself back into the world of a full-length novel.

Another strategy that I've used is to simply take a reading break - I read some magazines, I spend a few hours gallivanting through book blogs for new books, update my reading lists or watch some movies.

Most importantly, I've decided to not stress about it any more (well, as much as I can manage!) - I don't want to resent books just because I'm not in a reading mood!


How do you overcome those slumps?  Let me in on your secret!

13 comments:

  1. Oh great idea not to stress over reading :)

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  2. Stress would really kill the fun in reading. Do not stress, do not stress. I think I'll have this mantra written and posted on my dormitory wall. :)

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  3. Love your description - "sparrow on steroids". That really describes me sometimes. I also try to switch up the kinds of books I choose so that I don't read too many similar books in a row. I try to alternate between young adult books and adult books and to switch genres once in a while. It does help keep reading fresh.

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    1. I'm trying to swap genres as I go along, but sometimes I literally have six or seven books that I read the first chapter of, and then flit on to something else. I think that adds to the stress, I have to learn to just focus on one book at a time!

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  4. Wow! Those are some really useful strategies towards avoiding a huge reading slump. I definitely plan to use them in the future. I love anthologies and definitely plan to pick one up the next time I feel a slump coming on.
    Thanks for the great tips!

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  5. I think you said it best when you wrote "don't stress". I find the stress of meeting deadlines and reaching a target can make it difficult to actually concentrate on reading. I also love your idea of 'restarting' you brain with short stories. For me it tends to be Amish Fiction (I don't know why). But when I have read too much YA or paranormal fiction I pick up a few Amish Fiction books, enjoy them, and then I'm good to go again.

    Bonnie @ Hands and Home www.handsandhome.ca

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    1. I've read a few Amish fiction books and really enjoyed them. Maybe I should pick up a few more - I think it's the more 'calming' setting that helps!

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  6. I definitely go through the same thing - where I read one book right after the other and then hit a wall. Just a couple days ago, I actually told myself to slow down which I think helps avoid hitting that wall. I never really thought of reading short stories to get through a slump - that seems like a fantastic idea!

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  7. You've got some great slump-busting ideas here! I've also relied on switching over to a few magazines when I'm not feeling inspired by the books I'm reading... a night of those usually helps me re-set my brain for another book.

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  8. "Most importantly, I've decided to not stress about it any more (well, as much as I can manage!)"

    That's what I'm doing this year. It's making a big difference for me so far. It's supposed to be FUN!

    I like your anthology idea. I have several on my shelves and it would be easy to just read a couple without having to feel like you need to commit to the whole book.

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  9. That a great idea--reading short story anthologies or trying magazines. I bet the shorter format would really jumpstart a reader's imagination, and like you say, it eventually makes you hungry for full-length books again.

    Good luck with your stress-free reading! :-)

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  10. I love that you said a sparrow on steroids. I feel the same way! I read 3 books this weekend and am almost finished #4 ... but in a few weeks I know I'll be fighting to finish 1 book in a week. I just roll with it now instead of forcing it.

    Here's my confession:
    http://theirishbanana.blogspot.com/2012/01/book-blogger-confessions-2.html

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  11. I don't get in reading slumps very often but when I do I just relax and try not to push myself to read. That's why I like to have plenty of back up reviews prepped in case I have a dry period. But most of the time I average a book a day and since I don't post reviews on weekends then that's usually two extra reviews a week (not always, but quite often) that can go in my back up stock of reviews. I'm thinking that in the Spring I may need to use some cause I really hope to get more gardening done and am hoping I can read less. Which is weird, but I pretty much ALWAYS want to read and it's hard for me to NOT read.

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