I love books. When I was a kid, I spent my birthday money on American Girl books. My idea of heaven is wandering around a bookstore alone for an afternoon. I work in a library. So, ya girl loves to read. But I’ve hit the dreaded book slump.
Nothing I start to read captures my attention. My book collection is gathering dust. I am currently reading Somebody to Love: The Life, Death, and Legacy of Freddie Mercury and it’s the exception to this whole mess. I like to have at least 2 books going at the same time. I can flip back and forth when I lose motivation to keep reading. So this feels like a drought, book-wise!
If you’re in a book slump, like me, how can you cope?
1. Clear out your bookshelves: Whether you KonMari or not, we bookworms tend to accumulate a lot of titles. When I’m in a book drought, I find that I’m less emotionally attached to my books. It’s easier for me to part with titles that I know, deep down, I’m not going to re-read. It’s also a good time to get honest with yourself about your To Be Read pile. If you’ve had a book for 3-6+ months and haven’t started it yet, odds are that you’re not going to want to read it at all. I like to box up these books and bring them to my library. You can also bring them to your local thrift shop or see if there’s a library in your area that’s been affected by a natural disaster.
2. Expand your horizons: Maybe you only read fantasy or romance or mystery novels. A book slump is the perfect time to switch up your style. Pick a public figure and try reading their memoirs. Maybe you decide to try audiobooks and check out an author whose work you’ve never read. This is turning into a PSA for your local library but it’s in my bones. #SorryNotSorry. But your local library is a great place to try out new genres. If you don’t like it, you can always return it and you’re not dropping any cash.
I’ve also found that drugstore books are a good (and frugal) way to bust out of a slump. They’re light, easy reads and they can be just the palate cleanser you need. Another PSA: Don’t let book snobs scare you off light fare. I remember in college, listening to a couple of classmates disparage the newest Dan Brown novel. Don’t ever apologize or feel ashamed about books you enjoy reading. If someone doesn’t like it, that’s their own effing problem.
3. Or, stop trying to force it: Maybe give yourself a break around reading for a few weeks. Use the time to catch up on your favorite series, hang out with your friends, or try a new hobby. I started knitting for the first time around Christmas last year so this book slump would probably be a good time to finish up a couple of projects I have going.
4. Don’t sweat it: Book slumps always end. You’re going to find your way back to your beloved books. But we bookworms already know that, don’t we?
How do you cope when you can’t find something to read? Or, are you reading something right now that you really love?