Top 5 Wednesday: Want to Get Rid of Your Reading Slump?

It’s #T5W time! Today, we’re talking about books that will take you out of your reading slump. I know that this process is different for everyone. For me, two types of books usually get me out of a reading slump: re-reading a favorite book, or reading a fast-paced fun/cute book. Today, I’m focusing on books that are quite quick reads, either because of their fast-paced story line, or their adorableness. 

As always, I will leave all the Top 5 Wednesday information in the description box of my video.

Books mentioned: 

  1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  2. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  3. Sunbolt (Sunbolt Chronicles #1) by Intisar Khanani
  4. Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers #1) by Rachel Aaron
  5. Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles #1) by Amanda Hocking

Reading Slump or Reading Meh Books?

Today’s post is the result of my reading habits in the past month. I usually never pick up more than one book at a time -unless one of them is non-fiction. However, I now have 4 books on my currently-reading shelf. That really happens only once or twice a year. As you can see, I’m reading 4 books: 

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I first started reading The Emperor’s Knife (Knife & Tower #1) by Mazarkis Williams at the end of June. I’m not that far in, as you can see because I wasn’t really feeling it at the time. So I put it down. Then, in the middle of July I left for Turkey and didn’t take it with me. So it’s been on my currently-reading shelf for over a month.

On vacation, I started reading Shadow of the Raven (Sons of Kings #1) by Millie Thom. I received this book for review ages ago. It sounded really great: about Vikings, Danish raids, kingdoms conquered and families torn apart. Sounds pretty epic right? But I’m halfway through and not really committed to it. I’m not invested in the characters. The only character I was invested in was Eadwulf, but at the middle-point of the book, I just don’t understand his actions anymore. Plus, I feel like this book is so long! It’s nowhere near as long as the books I usually read, yet I felt like I’d been reading for ages and only got to 50%. 

Because I wasn’t feeling Shadow of the Raven, I decided to start The Tiger and the Wolf (Echoes of the Fall #1) by Adrian Tchaikovsky while I was on vacation. I’m quite far into this one, so it wouldn’t take me all that long to finish it. Yet I don’t feel compelled to do so. I quite liked his other book, Empire in Black and Gold, but this book makes me feel so purposeless. I don’t know what the point is of the plot so far?

On Monday, I had to take the train to Brussels. And I was thinking which book I wanted to read on my way there. And I didn’t feel like reading any of the previous three. So I decided to start The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. This one, I’m really enjoying. I’m advancing quite fast while reading, which is surprising for a non-fiction book. 

So here’s what I’m asking myself. Am I in a reading slump? Or am I just reading books I think are average?

Maybe I’m not enjoying/finishing the books I’m reading because I’m in a reading slump. That has happened to me before. When I’m in a reading slump, I can’t seem to commit to a story and finish it. So maybe that’s the reason I have 4 books on my currently-reading shelf. But if I really think about it, I do feel like reading. That’s not usually so in a slump -at least for me. That’s why I’m thinking it may not be a slump? I do want to read. That’s proven by the fact that I’m really into the Happiness Project and read about 100 pages yesterday evening. 

So maybe I’m just not impressed by the books I’m reading. I’m not really captivated by the first three reads, and therefore never really have the motivation to continue. Maybe it’s because to me, they are quite “meh”. You know? Those books that aren’t bad, but aren’t amazing either? They don’t really jump out at you. That’s how I feel about the books I’m reading now. They aren’t bad, certainly not. But they don’t feel special to me either. I’m not really attached to the characters, which means I’m not that motivated to find out what happens to them at the end of the book. 

Have you ever had this problem? Do you think I’m in a reading slump, or is it just the books? I feel bad DNFing Shadows of the Raven because it’s a review book. What do you think?

On reading slumps and finding time

Today, I am talking about something a little different than my previous posts, namely reading slumps. If you don’t know what a reading slump is, it’s a period where you suddenly don’t feel like reading anymore. You don’t feel motivated to pick up a book, and if you have the story doesn’t seem to grip you. You can’t seem to get into the story and don’t feel like finishing it. For a book blogger/booktuber, reading slumps are the worst. It makes me feel guilty, because I want to be reading and reviewing books for my blog. But I shouldn’t feel guilty about it because there is nothing I can do to change it.

Right now, my reading slump is created by two things:
The first one is that I started university again this week. I haven’t seen most of my friends in 3 months so right now we are catching up and spending time together, which to me trumps reading. Finding time to read in between meeting my friends and going to classes is hard and I need to get back in the rhythm again. Once I’m back in it, I’ll find the time again, don’t worry! The second reason is probably that I’m reading several books at once. Or is that a consequence of a reading slump and not a cause? I don’t know. Anyway, I’m having trouble sticking to a story and getting involved in it so I’m reading more than one book at a time which I normally never do.

While I hate being in a reading slump, there’s really not much I can do about it. And I refuse to feel guilty about it, it happens to everyone. So I apologize if the reviews in the next week will slow down, I just haven’t been reading as much. I’m hoping this slump only lasts a week or so until I get back in the rhythm of class and can combine my social life with a blogging life. I will still be posting blog posts, I’m not taking a break from that.

Do you have any tips for getting out of a reading slump? Let me know in the comments!