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Reading slumps are the worst – what i do to get past them

Can you believe September is nearly gone? I know I say this almost every year, but time really does seem to fly by. Even more so when you have a lot to get done. As I mentioned in my last post, I haven’t been reading as much as usual and it’s all because of a terrible reading slump I’m in. But instead of talking about it and hoping it disappears, I’m gonna tell you what I’m currently doing to make it go away. Yay for being proactive and all that.

1.Learn how to let go

I never DNF a book. I’ll hold on to it and force myself to read it until the end, even if I don’t like it. But because I don’t like it, I don’t really feel like reading at all. I’m learning how to let go, and realising that if I ever feel like it, I can always pick it up again in the future.

2. Anything is better than nothing

When I sit down to read, I always want to read a good chunk of the book at once. Or at least a full chapter. That’s not always possible though, specially if I’m super busy. Reading a couple pages at a time is still valid and is definitely better than not reading at all. 

3. Choose shorter books

It’s pretty self-explanatory: pick shorter books to read, so there’s less pressure because I know I can finish it. And once I start, it’ll get the ball rolling so I can keep the momentum to read more books later on.

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4. Pick different genres

Usually when I’m in the middle of a slump, poetry and nonfiction are easier reads to get me back in the game. They also tend to be shorter reads and highly motivating. 

5. Audiobooks are life-savers

I honestly have no idea why I only started listening to audiobooks this year. They are amazing and such a great help when you don’t really have the time to sit down and read a physical copy. I’ve been listening to audiobooks while commuting and that’s basically how I’ve managed to read anything at all in the last few months. 

6. Stay in touch with the community

Because I wasn’t reading as much, I thought I had nothing to bring to the conversation and stopped being active on bookstagram. That was a terrible mistake. I was missing the community, and even if I had nothing to post I still wanted to see what everyone else was up to, so I went back. It was the best thing I could’ve done. Seeing everyone be so excited about books made me excited as well, and now even if I don’t have as much time to read I can’t wait to get back to it. I want to read. And isn’t that a magical feeling?

And that’s how I’m slowly crawling my way out of this awful slump. If you have any tricks of your own, please let me know! Anything helps.

Until next time,

juli

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