I don't know about you, but I often go through reading slumps. They come on for very different reasons - this latest bout was helped by illness and other things going on in my life right now. As a book blogger, I begin to feel guilty and a little pressurised sometimes to stay on top of my review piles and soldier on through slumps. It rarely works.
So intstead, here are some other things that I do in order to make it through a reading slump:
Organise my books -
I love organising things, and especially if I'm not reading, I still love being around books. In a reading slump where I'm not reading anything at all, I still like to split my books up into different categories for when I am more excited to read. I'll think up themed weeks/months and pile books accordingly. Or I'll organise books differently on my shelves. Currently my bookshelves (which were once alphabetical by author) are now piled into genres. Contemporary, paranormal, fantasy etc. I have a large pile of dystopian/post-apocalyptic/zombie books that almost make me excited to read again!
Catch up on reviews/blog posts -
Unfortunately for me, this latest slump includes both my enthusiasm for reading as well as for blogging. So I haven't been doing much of either lately. But usually a reading slump gives me a bit of extra time during the day to write blog posts or catch up on my reviews. At the moment, I'm currently 23 reviews behind and counting. I really hope that this goes away soon. Even though I'm not writing very many blog posts currently, I am always planning. I write blog post ideas and also some suggestions and notes on different things in my blogging notebook so that they are there ready and waiting for me when I feel more up to it.
Watch TV programmes -
This is how I've spent most of time over the last few weeks. I find myself with lots of extra time now that I'm not doing as much reading or blog writing. Which is a fantastic way to rewatch some old favourite TV shows as well as discover new programmes.
Alias - This is a programme that I've been dying to rewatch. I think I've only seen it the once and it was awhile back, so I'm thrilled to get back into it. I mentioned watching Alias on Twitter and how much Sydney Bristow is still my hero and I ended up with lots of people sharing the Alias love. I'm now 3/4 of the way through the first series and have so much still ahead of me!
Roswell - After comments on a recent post of minr (Favourite TV couples for my Love month event), I decided to start watching Roswell from the beginning. It's just as wonderful and angsty and emotional as I remember it when I first started watching it as a teenager. I still heart Max Evans.
Homeland - Just started watching this series after hearing good things about it from the States. Only three episodes in so far. It seems like a show with a bit of a shaky start, but I'm still committed enough to seeing where things will lead.
One Tree Hill - The new series is showing and I have to say, I really enjoy it. There are some seriously ridiculous storylines (Mouth's weight gain in particular) but I really love the addition of Dan Scott and also Chris Keller back into regular cast members. They make things interesting again.
And finally, when I've worked my way out of this slump, and do start reading again, I have to remember to go easy on myself. Don't put any pressure to read a certain amount or read specific books. I usually go for smaller books, so that when I finish them quickly I have an easy sense of accomplishment. Another helpful tip is reading books that I wouldn't normally or reading in different formats. There was a breakthrough a few weeks ago, when I managed to power through 5-6 e-books, which is a format I don't normally read.
Do you have any tips on surviving and getting through a reading/blogging slump?