Hello, people of the internet!
For the first time since I’ve started this blog in November 2016, I have hit a reading slump. I am currently reading a book, but it isn’t gripping me as much as I had hoped. Not only that, but it’s incredibly miserable! Not a single emotion other than downright pure misery! The plot and its subject matter are miserable – along with characters who aren’t that interesting, it’s not a good start. Since I refuse to give up on a book, I will continue reading and see if I warm up to it. I will write a review of it at some point. Though I don’t recommend forcing oneself to read a book, I find this easier than giving up and then wondering if I gave up too soon. In other words, it’s not something I recommend everyone to do if they’re in a reading slump, but it’s something that strangely works for me.
However, for now, I am in a reading slump. Luckily, I have several ways that can help me get out of it!
So, without further ado, here is my list of six things I do whenever I’m in a reading slump!
1) Creative Writing!!!
As some of you may know, I want to be a published writer, and so I write stories as a hobby. In fact, I’ve written some short stories for Wonderfully Bookish’s Short Story Challenges. You can read mine as well as other people’s entries there and can even take part yourself if you wanted!
Writing stories is very therapeutic and enjoyable for me (albeit writing block is a pain in the rear). There’s a quote from Toni Morrison, which I just love: “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” And that’s what I’ve been doing!
2) Watch a film/TV series/play/YouTube
I know, I know, technically they should be four different points, but since it involves me sitting down and watching something, I decided to put them all down as one point in this list. I love stories in all sorts of forms, so I also enjoy films, TV series, plays and YouTube. When concerning films, depending on which mood I’m in, I watch any genre and I love both live-action and animation. As for TV series, again what I watch depends on my mood: I watch thrillers, historical fiction, documentaries, comedies, etc. Though I don’t do this as often with films, TV series and YouTube, I adore plays! Again, any genre, but I want to point out that plays are especially different from the others because you’re watching the story as it happens! You’re in the moment and you get lost it! And yes, I love YouTube. I watch gaming, comedy, lifestyle and BookTube!
3) Dancing and Sewing
Fun fact about me: I’ve been dancing for 19 years. That’s right: since I was 3 years old, I have been going to a dancing school. I do ballet, tap, contemporary and a little bit of acrobat. Whenever I’m dancing, I’m one with the music and movement and all of my worries are gone until the music ends and I finish dancing. For my solos, I make up my own routines and so can be as creative as I wish.
Now, I put dancing along with sewing on this list because that’s mainly when I sew (not when I’m dancing, boy would that be hard to accomplish!). As an older student, I am responsible with upkeeping my outfits and creating my solo outfits. Luckily, I love doing this since it gives me the opportunity to be creative not only with my dancing routine, but also my sewing and designing outfits.
4) Play Video Games
Yep, I’m a gamer. It may not be a hobby I indulge in a lot because I work and have a lot of other hobbies, but I do enjoy playing video games whenever I can. If anyone of you are wondering, my favourite game to play is Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.
Yes, something I do find stressful to do at times, but socialising with friends and family does help me whenever I’m in a reading slump. We talk about anything, have a laugh and/or debate, and go out somewhere. It reminds me how lucky I am to have such amazing people in my life. Whenever we’re on a book-related topic, we discuss recommendations as well as books we should avoid like the plague.
It’s a healthy thing to do, even if I do have problems with interacting and socialising, I’m not going to lie.
6) Go Outside
I find it’s very easy nowadays to just stay indoors. Sure, I do this a lot, but it’s also good to go outside, especially if it’s a nice day. So whenever I’m in a reading slump, I go outside (and walk, I can’t just stand outside my front door for a bit and then go straight back in again). It clears my mind and I get exercise. And when I go back inside, I’m happy knowing I haven’t stayed indoors all day. It’s nice to have a balance of staying indoors and going outside.
And that was my list of what I do things when I’m in a reading slump. I should point out that I do all these things even if I’m making good reading progress, but they’re my main choices if my reading isn’t going very far.
What do you do when you’re in a reading slump? Feel free to let me know!
Thank you for reading!