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I’m struggling. I’m trying. This is my perpetual state right now.

How do I start reading books again? How can I remove myself from this huge reading slump? Aaah, I’m so frustrated because I haven’t felt this. Ever. Promise.

Before when I said I’m in a reading slump it meant that books that I read successively didn’t impress me. But I still read. I always read. That was what I called slump before. But now, I have zero motivation to read a book. I think my e-readers have been lonely because this is probably the longest time I didn’t use it. I only took a glance, frowned, then moved on. Not that I don’t have any desire to read but I just don’t feel like reading books now. Aside from I’m admittedly distracted lately (you probably know what I mean already).

Even though I have these awesome titles that I’ve been wanting to read before this slump happened (Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, The Jewel by Amy Ewing and Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch), even received print ARCs from a publisher, annoying bad timing, I just couldn’t read them. I haven’t tried maybe because I’m not in the mood. I do not want it to interfere my judgment. I feel it’s unfair to review it halfheartedly. Lately, I’m questioning myself if there’s something wrong with this whole thing. How can I excavate myself in this deep, deep hole I put myself into?

It’s embarrassing to know that I have yet to read a book for the longest time. Not a page, a paragraph, a sentence…not even a single word. It’s frustrates me because I do still love to blog. And I do love reading reviews and checking out books news and book blogs. Is not that is gone. But without reading I couldn’t blog. Because for someone reason they go hand in hand.

It’s not that I’m reading. I do read…just manga though. But I want to read books again. Perhaps, I need to organize my schedule? It might help me to prioritize. Now, that I almost caught up with the series I follow, I think I am beginning to reconsider. But where do I start? How can I begin again?

Have you ever felt this way? Not be able to read because you are in a dreadful book slump in the history of book slumps? What did you do? Please share it with me.

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2014 / 07 / 27

36 Responses to Confession time; one that it’s hard to admit.

  1. Daniela says:

    I’ve felt like this before – my advice would be to do something that takes a lot of energy out of you (exercising maybe), wear yourself out, become so tired that you wan’t to chill in bed, grab yourself a cup of warm milk and pick up a book. I find that the best reading times are the cosiest times, and whenever I’m in a sleepy-mood I always reach for a book.
    Hope this helps! I love reading too and sometimes I enter a horrid book slump.
    Daniela xo | danielascribbles ♥

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Instead of grabbing a book, I crave something with…graphics. Or sometimes ended up watching it. Perhaps, it’s only phase, hopefully I’ll be back.

  2. Honestly, my advice to you (as hard as it may be) is to wait. Blog about the things that you are reading and what you are interested in at the time and wait until you are more excited about reading. I honestly think that to force it will make you frustrated and possibly keep you stuck in your slump. I know that it is frustrating beyond belief but it sounds like there are other things that you’re reading/are passionate about, so consider laying off the books for a bit and blogging about those! Best of luck!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Thanks Aubrey! I have so many things I want to discuss that’s still book related. Me not reading means I don’t like it anymore. I’m just not in the mood.

  3. I’ve been doing so many other things at the moment, that I don’t have a lot of time to read. I don’t really mind and I don’t think it will be a good idea to force yourself to read. I would say, go with the flow :)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Right, it’s not good to force myself. I guess, I need to make things flow naturally. It’ll be back, pretty sure about it. Thanks Mel!

  4. Annie says:

    Yes, I have felt that way multiple times! But for me, it was a little different. Like I didn’t read but I was so tired that I didn’t actually want to read either, I was just guilty about not reading because I had so many books lying around. So I’m probably going to be absolutely rubbish at giving you advice and the sort, not that I think I’m the person to go to for that anyway. But you know what? I think manga is a good start! That’s still reading! When I was in my slump, the only reading I did was magazines and eventually, I just got back into reading. Like really, I think as long as you’re reading – anything! – then you’re on the right track! And maybe find a book that you REALLY, REALLY want to read that you know you’ll enjoy. Or something in a genre you love? Like for me, that’d be contemporary. It’s my go-to genre whenever I don’t have anything else I’m interested in, I just go straight to that because I know I’ll enjoy it. Or try a really, really short book. Even a kid’s book! I love reading those Geronimo Stilton books! They’re so entertaining.

    So I don’t know if that helped. Like I said, I’m rather rubbish at giving advice. But hopefully, you get back into reading soon! Just don’t push it, I always feel like forcing yourself to do something like reading which is supposed to be fun and awesome just sucks the fun and awesome out of it. In my experience anyway!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      There’s really that guilt about not reading, no? It’s what makes me frustrated. I guess the passion is not gone just another reading material. It’s not rubbish, Annie, really appreciate it. Thanks. :D

  5. Been there, done that. I think it’s okay to have a very long slump once in a while. It makes our interest rekindle towards our other hobbies. Sometimes I am glad for the slumps because i got to focus on dancing or studying (really Abby? XD). I suggest you start with something light, a good summer read that everyone’s raving about. Maybe that’ll help to get back to reading novels. Or maybe re-read a favorite book that isn’t too lengthy? :D I miss your posts btw!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Slump does give me time to tackle some other interest, it wasn’t completely unfruitful.Re-reading sounds good, will give a try, Thank you, Abby!

  6. Shannelle C. says:

    You changed your commenting! It looks so pretty. I mean, Disqus is fine but this now matches your theme. :D

    And I guess, just chill and enjoy whatever you’re your manga. I mean, at least the desire to read isn’t gone, right? If you really want to kick yourself out of the slump, break the cycle and try reading something. You could stop halfway and try some other book until you feel like reading again. And if that doesn’t work, you can always just give me all those ARCs. Imagine me waving my hand and just saying, “I volunteer!”

    And I just checked out skycircus, and I’m sighing. I really want you to do a design for me at this rate.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Haha, I changed it, I do like disqus but it didn’t match my theme and I want things look uniformed.

      I’m enjoying reading, so yes, it’s not gone. But there’s still this desire to read books so this is where this SOS kinda of post came from. I’m guilty for the ARCs so I want to read them before I gave ones I don’t like (I’ll tell you what ;D)

      The domain? You mean website or worpress theme. I’m polishing my website coding skills that’s why I changed it. ;D

  7. Emily says:

    Oh no :( I’m so sorry you’re feeling this way big sis! :( *hugs* Slumps suck, but yes, sometimes it’s best to take a step back and just relax, do something else, you know? :) It’s fine! All of us will still be waiting back here for you :D
    You could always also… you know reread Ignite Me? Or your other favourite books ;D <3
    We'll still be here for you big sis!! No matter how long you go :) *hugs*

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Don’t worry, still blogging discussion mostly or special post but not reviews since I’m not reading.

      Re-reading sounds productive, I’ll try it. :3

  8. Don’t feel bad about this, Mitchii. Everyone goes through tough times, even for things they enjoy doing, which in this case is reading. It’s probably your mind’s way of saying, “Okay, you need to take a break from this for now. Go do something else!” And yeah, I’ve been in a reading slump before and it’s pretty scary how it feels, since books are a huge chunk of my life and it’s weird that I don’t feel the same positivity toward them as I did before.

    To be honest, I think I’m falling into a reading slump right now as well. I’m getting more and more into anime and manga, and you probably know that recently all the books I’ve been reading have been pretty meh, and I’m getting really sick and tired of that. :( Just thinking about starting another book now makes me feel sleepy, lol. I guess my advice would be to just let it run its course. You’ll find your love for reading again, I know it. If you try to force it now, chances are you’re going to start to dislike reading because it’ll feel like a chore.

    So… just have fun with your manga and animes and try not to worry about reading storybooks for now! We can get through this slump together. <3

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Why am I relieved to know you’re in a slump too? It makes the guilt a little easier to bear.

      It feels weird to me from this chronic reader to not reading a single word. It’s frustrating…Also, I’ve been reading awesome manga title (Tokyo Ghoul for example) the quality of the story is too high to fall for meh books. So I’d rather spend my time reading manga that I loved.

      Have fun with yours too, glad you started Tokyo Ghoul. <3

  9. Ashley says:

    It’s times like this that I usually reread Harry Potter. I’m always in the mood for those books!

    If there’s an old book you love, try rereading it to get you back in the swing of things.

  10. Medli says:

    I haven’t been able to read for a long time. I have so many new books, but the inspiration of sitting down and reading just hasn’t been there. I am hoping when the weather finally cools off, (Fall cannot come soon enough)I will be able to sit down with a book and read.

  11. Finley Jayne says:

    I had this happen last year. The year before I had read over 300 books and then I crashed and burned. Last year I think I read maybe 15-20 books the whole year. But the break was what I needed and this year I’m back and enthusiastic about reading again. Maybe just take a break, but don’t feel bad or guilty about it. There’s no law that says you have to read all the time :)

  12. Mitchii, I had experienced this horror. I took a year-long blogging hiatus because I can’t even think about reviewing/reading without my brain going haywire. I suggest you take all the time you need and do other things besides reading. Don’t feel guilty, Mitchii. We would all experience this at one point or another. Before, I didn’t even entertain the notion of simply getting tired of reading but it happened and taking a long break was the best thing I’ve ever done in my life. Also, listening to Harry Potter as an audiobook helped a lot. It’s a nice to change to be read to once in a while. You’ll get passed this, Mitchii, I know you will! :)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I supposed a break is good for me. I think once my mind is fully prepared I’ll get back to swing of things with much ease. Thank you Sarah.

  13. Reading slump is really not that rare I always have it after a really boring, “sorry-I-just-could-not-get-into-you” book!

    What I do when I am having a reading slump:
    1. Read a book by your favorite author. Read from those who never failed you before.
    2. Reread a favorite book! It will surely make you remember why you love books so much!
    3. Do something else that you LOVE. Besides reading, surely you have a hobby right? Mine is biking and watching TV shows. Kind of relaxing. :)

    Hope it helps! :)

  14. Elizabeth says:

    I am TOTALLY where you are right now. Luckily for me, I’ve been there before so it doesn’t worry me too much (…it still worries me a little. No clue why – it’s not like my desire to read has disappeared forever, it’s just been distracted haha)

    First and foremost, don’t let yourself stress out too much, that’ll only drag it out because you’ll start associating stress with reading. Secondly don’t worry about ARC’s at all. Like seriously. Or at least that’s how it works for me – ARC’s make me feel like a reluctant reader, so that compiled with already not reading makes it worse for me.

    Usually when I stop reading…it’s not that I’ve ACTUALLY stopped reading. I’m on a manga binge, or more frequently a fanfic/fictionpress binge (as I am now). It’s still reading, so it still counts!

    I can’t remember if you were the one who said you weren’t a rereader, but rereading is a big comfort to me, so I usually reread when I’m at this point. This time around I also ended up checking out whatever ebook looking interesting, and tried to go as far from what I usually read as possible. (I found a paranormal romance that I LOVE! That never happens!)

    But honestly, I think the best thing you can do for yourself is read what you want. If that’s manga, keep doing it! Eventually you’ll come back to books, probably as soon as you stop feeling like it’s something you’re supposed to be doing. In the meantime, if you want to blog, don’t be afraid to talk about what you’re reading – even if it’s manga! (I know you have a separate blog for that now, but I don’t think you should feel like you can’t talk about manga on this blog at all. You’ve got at least one reader who is interested!) If you want to remain book focused, you could find a way to relate the manga you’re reading with books you’ve liked in the past – whether it’s settings, characters, genres, etc. Cultural differences. Whatever you feel like, you name it. I’ve always loved your discussion posts, so maybe see if you can talk to people IRL or Goodreads or readers here and talk about bookish things and see what strikes your fancy!

    This is a super long comment sorry haha. Bottom line: Don’t worry about it. Enjoy what you’re reading and don’t feel guilty about what you’re not.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I am rereader though, haha. That’s a great idea. My micro-blog is mostly for fangirling, I don’t plan on writing discussion in it, just small snippets here and there. But I want to share my love for manga in this blog as well.They’re graphic novels so it’s still book related. Maybe I will. Thank you so much Elizabeth. <3

  15. Oh no Mitchii! :( I’m so sorry to hear you’re in a slump! That seriously stinks! I agree with Margarita, Abby and Ashley – rereading one of your favorite books is always a great place to start, and hopefully that will get you back on track. Thanks for sharing, and I hope you get out of your slump soon!

  16. Asti says:

    Oh Mitchii, this sounds tragic! I do understand though, I go times without reading. I try not to let it make me feel guilty though. I think with every hobby or thing you devote yourself to, there are times where you just sort or burn out. Where your mind just wants a little break. Nothing wrong with that! I think the suckiest thing about it is just the fact that we blog about books, so when we don’t feel like reading we feel like we can’t blog and then there’s guilt associated with that – it’s just no good! But you can still blog! I don’t see nothing wrong with adding random posts about other things in your life, including manga, if you’re in a funk! Do what makes you happy, and hopefully you’ll feel better to start reading again :)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Thanks Asti! When I started blogging, I only do reviews and in order to review I need to read books. But I realized, thanks to you guys that even though I don’t read book, I can still blog book related things. So I might not be reading book now but I can still blog. xD

  17. I have definitely felt this way many, many times, Mitchii! Definitely not something to be ashamed about, we all get at that point once or twice, and forcing yourself to read a book when you’re not in the mood for it is more counterproductive and would certainly not help you get that reading groove back. For me, what I do, I either do two things: one, read my favorites. It always makes me more motivated to read after I read the ones that made me remember why I loved reading. Second, do other things. You’re already doing it: manga. When I had this huge reading slump, I played vidoe games for FOUR MONTHS. That’s right – I pretty much abandoned my blog in that span of time. Haha. But when I got back I was more excited than ever to be back in blogging and reviewing and reading books :) I hope you get that reading mojo back soon, love! If you need anyone to talk to, we’re here (me, especially!)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Trying my best to get back into reading but like you said forcing is counterproductive, so I’m gently easing my way. Thank you Faye!

  18. I have been in a kind-of book slump before, where I haven’t particularly felt like reading, but have forced myself to read books anyway. And I hated it. It took away the beauty and magic and fun of reading – which is what it should be about!

    I think I got over them by reading for me. Sometimes I get bogged down by all the review copies I get. I love them, don’t get me wrong – but sometimes they are just so overwhelming because they have a deadline attached to them, and I HAVE to review them. So reading a book for fun, without review, and just for me helps.

    So maybe that’s what you can do! Read a favourite, or read a book that you have been looking forward to for AGES. Or maybe even read a book you’ve never heard about before! Just try and bring back some spontaneity – I think it could help ^.^

    I hope you get over your slump soon, Mitchii!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Review copies is not what it all seems but I’m trying my best to overcome this slump, hopefully soon! Thanks Chiara! <3

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