27 April 2012

TGIF - Reading Blues!

It's FRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY! And for me it's a long weekend as Monday is a holiday in the Netherlands. I can't wait to sleep and read and sleep and sleep and imprint my backside into the sofa. It's been a long week.

TGIF is hosted by GReads and is both a post re-cap for the previous week and a fun question!

This week's question is: Reading Blues: We all get them from time to time. What helps you overcome those reading slumps when nothing seems to grab your attention?
Such an appropriate question seeing as I've not read a SINGLE book all week (usually I read at least three!). Work has been super busy and my motivation is at an all time low. Although the books I'm currently reading are great, I find myself distracted by the smallest things......oh, look! a pigeon! (see!).

I know I'll get through the Reading Blues - I have before and I've worked out a few strategies for myself:

- Read some short stories - after a few I'm so HUNGRY for a full length novel with more storyline, character development and world-building.

- Stop pushing myself. Reading is supposed to be fun and something I look forward to in my downtime. If I'm not enjoying it, chances are I'm going to be pretty cranky by the end and that's not fair on the book nor the author.

- Allow myself to pick through all my books and start a few to try and find that 'click'. Getting caught up in lists and schedules and deadlines just turns me right off, I need to read something I want, not have to.

- Spend so much time on the internet I end up bored out of my skull and reading becomes my escape again. I'm working on that one right now ;-)

What are your tips for getting through the reading blues? Help me out!

Edit: I'm so confused this week, I even forgot the post links and now I have to work!  But I'll do better next week, promise!


  1. I like the last one about the internet - that works for me too. Sometimes, I just simply don't read for a while and then pick up something short - a quick & fun read.

  2. Great tips! I really like what you mention about using the Internet as a tool to get over your reading slump. I didn’t write about that as my TGIF but I definitely think I do that subconsciously. Great tips, thanks so much for sharing!

    Darlene @ Leather Bound and Lovely

  3. I don't read short stories often, but that's such a great tip for getting past a reading slump! I've had Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions on my shelf for awhile, and it's an anthology full of stories by many authors whose books I love. I'll definitely be picking it up next time I'm in a reading slump because I think it would be a good way to introduce myself to peak my interest in new series and also give me a chance to read stories by tried and true favorite authors.

  4. When I get into slumps (every other month or so!), I tend to pick up a good paranormal romance or urban fantasy, as it's something I don't usually read. A lot of people also suggest rereading your favourites, so I'll have to give that a go at some point! Great tips :)

    Books of Amber

  5. I like short stories because I can read them in the short periods of time that I have and getting the sense that I finish something. Nice post!

    From Diary of a Writer in Progress

    1. Yeah that sense of achievement really helps to motivate me, especially when I've been reading the same book for days and days and days....

  6. Girl I totally understand were you are. First, I am soooo amazed that you can hold a job and read three books a week. WOW!!! Love that. I think changing genres helps a lot too.



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