Yes, you read that title correctly. Hi, my name is Dawn, and I’m a book reviewer in a reading slump. It happens to all of us, right?
I’m currently reading a novel that is entertaining enough, but for some reason, I’m just not feeling compelled to pick it up, even when I find myself in one of those rare moments when all is well in my household and I can sit back and relax. For an avid, life-long reader, that is a tough thing to admit.
Head over to 5 Minutes for Mom where I make this difficult admission and share some of the approaches I take to try to climb out of these occasional slumps.
Peggy Coffey says
I’m so glad I found this. I am in a sort of reading slump. I have books, plenty of books, but I can’t read any of them. I have read since I was three years old and loved it. I’ve always had a book in my hand or in my purse, my mother used to have to take them away from me so I could function like a human. But now, I start them, but can’t finish them. I know it’s because there is so much going on in my life, and I think I should be doing something else, but I need to take time to slow down. I just feel so guilty and my mind keeps telling me that there are 500 other things that need my attention. I don’t see the pace of my life slowing down in the foreseeable future, so I need to take control. I am also wanting to read real books, not ebooks. I bought two print books and it was like I bought diamonds, I was so pleased with them. Those two books will be the first two books that I am going to actually stop and read. I will spend 10 minutes a day with each one, to begin. That may begin my love of reading again.
Love the blog. I will be reading this too.
Oh, I feel your pain, Peggy! There’s always something that needs to be done, so reading can feel like ignoring chores or children or something. But, I also like to switch up that perspective and remember that I’m a better person when I get some time for me, and reading is the activity that I’d most like to do if I take 20 minutes (or more!) to myself. Good luck!
I love this — “like I bought diamonds.” I read a lot of ebooks now, and the vast majority of my books now are review copies, but a while back, I bought 2 paperbacks, and I felt sort of the same way about them.