Last week I found myself in a really weird mood and I’m not sure how to describe it other than I felt sick of reading. At the time I’d been home from uni for a week and a half and had finished probably 10 books back to back with minimal interruptions. When I got back up to select my next read I just… didn’t particularly want to.
This mood was not a reading slump.
Reading slumps to me are those moods where I can’t for the life of me find a book that grabs my attention. This wasn’t the case last week. I still wanted to read. There were plenty of books I felt like reading, and upon reading the first page they grabbed me quickly. But I sort of just stopped to look at them and just thought “meh”. While there was some desire to read, it wasn’t an intense drive. Eventually I realised the root of the problem.
Since the start of March my life had been study study study. Suddenly with the freedom of finishing exams all I had done was read all day every day. For a brain that has had to focus on a thousand different things every day of the week for months, not having anything important beyond this one task got kind of boring. When I was absorbed in a fast moving, intense book it was fine and I barely noticed. But as soon as I started a lackluster scene or stopped reading I was over it. Staying in my room the entire time probably didn’t help things.
How can one prevent such a terrible feeling?
Fortunately I recovered from this mood a hell of a lot faster than the usual reading slump, using the techniques people usually say work for reading slumps. Some of the things you could do if you ever found yourself in such a mood include:
- Take a break for a day or two. Go marathon all those TV shows and movies you’ve been dying to see. Catch up with friends. Write a tonne of blog posts.
- Get out of the house for a little while or change location. It might be the environment you’re sick of and not actual reading.
- Find a book that grabs you on the first page. Ideally it’ll be fast paced, action packed, and impossible to put down.
- Change genres! You might be reading books that are more similar than you realise. Completely changing genres could bring you the unique story you’ve been looking for.
- Listen to the hype. Find a book everyone loves and give it a go! Chances are you’ll enjoy it too, it’s popular for a reason right.
- Reread an old favourite. Nostalgic feels from revisiting your favourite books can sometimes be enough to reignite the spark.
- Start a new series. If it hits the right spot you may have found the next lot of books you want to binge read.
- Just push through it. Sometimes forcing yourself through a terrible mood is the only thing that works.