I love to read – but I’m in a slump

There I’ve admitted it.  This is the first time since I began blogging that I find myself in a terrible reading slump.  I didn’t realize how bad it was until I saw this today on Goodreads:

GULP!!!!

I find that I want to bake, watch television, plan what I want to read, and blog about reading, I just don’t feel like actually reading.

Sincerely hope this ends really soon.

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Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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76 Responses to I love to read – but I’m in a slump

  1. It’s not that I don’t feel like reading, it’s just that I have had a run of mediocre books in the past week or so. Now I am wondering, is it the books, or is it me?

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  2. Try listening to an audiobook while you bake? 😎

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  3. I’ve been in a reading slump for a long time (couple of years), after being an avid reader all my life. I miss it so much but I just feel like I can’t engage with anything anymore. My partner has just started picking up books again after a similar period for him so fingers crossed I will be there soon too.

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  4. I’ve been there and it’s horrid when you’re in one! I revert to trying an old favourite – something that isn’t going to tax me too much and I can read just for the pleasure. For me, Jane Austen works well, as does Agatha Christie. And audiobooks – audiobooks are great when I’m in a slump as it doesn’t feel like reading!

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  5. bibliobeth says:

    Aw, I feel exactly the same way at the moment. I’m taking an enforced break from blogging at the moment, just to try and get that passion back for reading and I’m just not able to get into any book I start to read. Hope your slump is over soon!

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    • I don’t know Beth…. perhaps it is the season? I have to blame something. Strangely, all I want to do is blog – not read. And, for a bookblogger it is hard to come up with ideas for blog posts if you’re not reading. LOL

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  6. The same happens to me every once in a while. At first I started to panic, now I don’t care anymore. I bake, I blog, I watch some good movies. Eventually I go back to read the books that turned into those movies, and easy like that I’m back into reading. Reading graphic novels sometimes also helps, or spending some good weeks without anything to read and just cleansing my head.
    I hope yours end soon. 🙂

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  7. It’s always so hard when you have to admit being in a reading slump and not seeing a way out of it! I haven’t had one in ages, although I do find myself being extremely picky lately.. I’ve started reading books and thrown them aside after a couple of pages to start something else. Must’ve have a pile of five books like that by now – I’m slowly trying to get through them. But it still simply sucks when you can’t pick up a book and know you’ll lose yourself in it.

    Anyway. I hope you get out of your reading slump soon, but until then: Enjoy baking! I kind of like losing myself in making cupcakes from time to time instead of having my nose in a book. 🙂

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  8. Annie says:

    There’s a lot of people feeling like you do right now! Don’t worry 🙂 It’ll pass and when you least expect it…

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  9. You’re not alone – I have been feeling the same way for a while now..

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  10. FictionFan says:

    I ususally resort to re-reading a book I know well and love – no major concentration required, no worries about whether I’ll enjoy it, and usually no need to review it since I probably already have!

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  11. MemyselfandI says:

    It will come back. Don’t worry. Why don’t you try reading something short…maybe a play or some poetry…something you can dip in and out of.

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  12. Sandra says:

    Reading is (or should be) a pleasure, not a chore. And if you’re reading less you’re probably baking more, or gardening more. I’m sure your reading mojo will return very soon 🙂

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  13. Christie says:

    I feel your pain. I was positive I was going to read a TON of books this summer…but I didn’t. Okay, I thought, once school starts again and my life settles back into a routine – then I’ll start reading more. Still not happening. I always think that I just need to read **that** book; you know – the one that hits all the reading pleasure buttons (it’s a real thing!) and that will get me going again, but it just hasn’t happened. And yet – I KEEP BUYING BOOKS!

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  14. Cathy says:

    Reading slumps are horrible but THE book will arrive soon that will send the slump scurrying off. The TBR can get a bit oppressive too – the thing to remember is we do this for fun so don’t feel under pressure.

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  15. I get into a reading slump occasionally. I think it’s natural to sometimes need a break and do other stuff, the passion always comes back. If you read a few dud books that doesn’t help. Hope your slump doesn’t last too long!

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  16. I know that feeling and it’s so frustrating and hope it doesn’t linger! I totally understand about anticipating books more than reading them as well, I’ve got so many books from the library that get ignored! 😁 I’ve also got a number of different genres on the go at the moment so that I don’t get bored and pulled into a slump, again.

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  17. Margaret says:

    Me too! That reminder on the Goodreads Challenge is the main reason I don’t take part – it is so dispiriting to see you’re behind target and it doesn’t matter – it’s your own target! I love making lists and that sometimes spurs me on to reading a book I’d forgotten I’d got.

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  18. We all have these moments, I am feeling particularly ‘stressed’ over the amount of rules some publisher now have..one in mind now seems to have two marketing managers and the messages from both is just too much at times . it takes the fun out of what we do x I do hope it passes soon x

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  19. I know how you feel Lynne! I read my first book in almost 3 weeks yesterday. I loved it…finally a book I could get into after the probably 10-12 I couldn’t. I haven’t felt like blogging too much either. Maybe something’s in the air. Do something you enjoy…for me it’s watching Will & Grace reruns…and it’ll all come back!

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    • I think it is that the last two books I read were disappointing. It took me a whole week to read each one!
      I did some gardening today, that helped my mood a bit.
      Your supportive words are very much appreciated Renee.

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  20. Charlotte says:

    So true! Sometimes I feel like blogging about books more than actually reading them! I’ve realised that there are so many better readers out there than me 😂

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  21. safbookreviews says:

    Me too! I’m having a bit of a reading slump myself I hope I can snap out of it soon and post more book reviews! Sometimes I like to watch book reviews or hauls on YouTube to get me out of them!

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  22. madbooklove says:

    I’m sorry you’re in a slump. Slumps come to me at least once a year, and generally last three to six weeks (ugh!). I always find it frustrating, but since I can’t seem to do anything to speed it up, I tend to just give in to tv or gardening or knitting or whatever thing it is that seems to have a stronger call than my books at that time. It does pass eventually, and trying to force the issue tends to just aggravate me further. I hope your slump passes quickly!

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  23. Christine says:

    Definitely take a nice break, Lynne. Do other stuff. It’s important. You don’t want to be on your deathbed regretting sacrificing the other interests you have for the sake of more books on your “read” list. Live life to the fullest–now that is something you will never regret.

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  24. Zoë says:

    I feel ya. I’ve been feeling very slumpy for the past few months myself. Hope yours ends soon!! 💖

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  25. Sarah says:

    haha this is usually the point where I pause blogging for a while and then just indulge in fluffy romances for a while – kind of like vegging out in front of the Hallmark channel! 😀

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  26. Sorry to hear you’re in a slump. Sometimes it just means you need a break, though! Enjoy your time baking, watching tv, etc. and soon enough you’ll want to pick something up again 😉

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  27. Take a break and just relax……maybe that’s all you need.

    Hang in there Lynne!

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  28. MarinaSofia says:

    It happens every now and then. I either read something completely different from what I normally would, or give myself a well-deserved rest. And it’s not the end of the world if Goodreads challenges are not completed – it’s only a rough estimate you gave yourself at the start of the year.

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  29. Karen says:

    I hear ya! I’ve been struggling on and off for the last few months. I have so many books that I really really want to read but I can’t seem to settle to read anything. I don’t use my GR challenge in a competitive way but merely to track how many I’ve read and mine is currently 53/90 – the lowest its ever been. Take a break, don’t put any pressure on yourself and your reading mojo will come back on its own.

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  30. It’ll come back. I recently had a whole summer when I couldn’t read a book at all. Most unlike me!

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    • Strange… You’ve got to wonder why this happens to us. Thanks for letting me know that you understand.

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      • It happened before I was book blogging but prior to that I was always reading a lot. At the time I wondered if it were anything to do with having an overloaded kindle with hundreds of books on and not able to decide which one to read. Felt overwhelmed by it. I’d start one, then try another. Mainly Daily Deal books that I couldn’t resist. I feel more enthusiastic now I’ve gone back to reading print copies.

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  31. gkdewolfe says:

    Lynne, please stop feeling guilty!!!!Enjoy
    this time to do the other things which
    give you pleasure. Live more in the moment…,,,Your love of reading will
    return especially if you just breathe
    and take the pressure off yourself😘

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  32. I’m the exact opposite I am wanting to read but I don’t want to blog. I’ve come to the conclusion that for the first time since I started my blog I am in a blogging slump.

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  33. sahmoun2778 says:

    I got the same message from Goodreads today. Maybe it’s just a conspiracy to mess with our heads. Sometimes, I pick up a book from a genre I normally run from (e.g. romance) and somehow it cleanses my mental palate and makes me crave a good mystery or something I love. I hope your slump ends soon, but don’t let Goodreads get you down. It’s all supposed to be fun!

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  34. Martie says:

    That’s not a slump. That’s wanting to also enjoy other loves besides writing. Enjoy.

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  35. I too am in a slump! It’s horrible! I hope you get out of yours soon!!! Best of luck to you ❤

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  36. skyecaitlin says:

    Lynne, I am feeling the same way, but I don’t feel guilty about it. Sometimes I love to read and sometimes I just want to watch television or do other things. I also like to write. Don’t feel guilty. I think a reading challenge is awesome, but if I put myself under pressure to do one of the things I enjoy to unwind, then it would no longer be enjoyable.

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  37. Give yourself a break. Sounds like you’re over-scheduled.

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  38. Oh dear. Don’t overthink it. It’ll come back when it wants to!

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