Everyone knows the dreaded Reading Slump. Hanging over your head like a cloud of doom, or hanging out on your shoulder like DEATH.
Or maybe something not so dramatic. But has anyone ever been in the opposite of a reading slump? To come to the answer of this question, let us analyze this scientifically accurate definition of a slump:
A period of time during which a person goes without an object or action.
Billy has had no hits in the past month, he must be in a slump. (Source)
Wait, wait, wait. If a slump is a time where you go without an object then… then the opposite must be outrageously devouring said object.
So what do we call this newfound period of awesomeness? A Reading Boon? Rise? Ascent?
Whatever you want to call it, I know it exists. I have *whispers* experienced it. The greatness of the Reading Boon/Rise/Ascent has touched me, deeply. Has it touched you?
B-but, Alise.. How am I supposed to know if I’ve been touched by the Reading Boon/Rise/Ascent?
Well, my dear children, if you have been graced by its presence, then firstly, you will probably relate to these Internet memes:
You’ll be going through books like there is no tomorrow. Books that you had previously struggled with will easily flow and you will find yourself making a huge chunk on your review books/TBR shelves. Sounds pretty awesome, huh? Unfortunately, the Reading Boon/Rise/Ascent is an endangered species and only shows itself to the best of little boys and girls.
However, there are ways to encourage its presence:
- 1. Re-read a favorite book of yours, you’ll be inspired to read again!
- 2. Read a humorous book, I recommend Hyperbole and a Half!
- 3. Try something new, like a graphic novel!
- 4. Rainy days, a bath, or warm summer nights are great settings for reading!
- 5. Join a book club or read with a friend!
Personally, I get into the Opposite of a Reading Slump when the weather is bad. Rainy weather makes me just want to lie in bed all day and read, so that’s exactly what I do! Soon enough, I find myself finishing three or four books that weekend.