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Your advices in my confession were really helpful. I’d realized that (and maybe it’s an easy assumption on my part, if it is…sorry?) we are bound to hit a book slump every now and then. It’s not something completely inevitable. Sometimes like this is needed to break the monotony. Of course, I want to halt this slump. I want to start reading. I want to feel that enthusiasm of starting a book, finishing it and then reviewing it. I miss those moments. But I want to break my slump slowly. I don’t like to force myself but sipping just small amount will help me not to get overwhelmed (that might end up more problematic than where I already am). I also don’t like to start reading for the sake of blogging. I want to read because it gives me pleasure—that’s all the reason I need. The reason why.

So here is Operation: Rekindle (or Mitchii’s strategies to overcome her book slump—but this a long title and sound formal so I trashed that idea, LOL). And perhaps, if you’re in a book slump these will help you as well. In the entire month of August, I’ll try these things to get out of my bookish slump.

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So here they are: (1) Read a favorite! (2) Read a sequel of a favorite. (3) Read highly anticipated book. (4) Read something similar to what I like.
Reread my favorites:

This is the advice I got from most of you. Rereading my favorite books might help me start reading again. But I have bit of problem: my perception of the book might change. I know, I already read it so where’s this coming from, you say? My mindset is quite different…these days. I don’t know if it really will affect but let’s see. (I’ll try to post the outcome of this little experiment of mine).

Read a sequel of my favorite starter book (of a series):

Two benefits if I go down this road: (1) I’ll finally tackle the books in my TBR. (2) Finally moved on with series. But! I’m still not motivated… *slaps herself* Ok, I’ll do it! I’ll try!

Indulge thy self:

I’ll try to read books that I highly anticipated before. Maybe it’ll help me to read again. While I may not be sure that I will like it, I still think I prefer reading something I have no knowledge of it and take what it’ll offer.

Read something similar?

Ok, my obsession right now is anime/manga, right? Mostly shounen series like Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida (dark fantasy, seinen series) and Haikyuu! by Haruichi Furudate (sports, shounen series). Maybe I’ll try books that have similarities to these. But where do I look? Especially if I don’t want a speck of romance in it (because I want to enjoy the plot, characters, as it is without the diversion of shipping a couple!)

 I’ll be posting if this is successful or not! Ok, here’s to reading again! :YAY:

2014 / 08 / 05

18 Responses to Here I go! Operation: Rekindle

  1. Jackie says:

    Being in a reading slump is no fun, but those things on your list sound like it might help you get out of it. :) For reading slumps, I don’t usually stress about the books I NEED or HAVE TO read because everyone says it’s so good, I just read what I feel like and come back to the other book you have to read a little later.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Not fun at all. >.< Yes, I always think of that way, in fact I read books because I'm interested with it not because everyone is.

  2. 1. I totally get what you mean, Mitchii! I’m scared to suddenly dislike a book I once loved, since I know there were a lot of books I probably enjoyed only because I was new to reading before. :( I hardly reread favorites–usually just snippets and favorite scenes. It’s really helpful to get back into reading!

    2. Sometimes, during the long wait for a sequel, my interest dies down. :( This step only gets me out of slumps a bit.

    3. This is the one I probably do most. I pick up an anticipated read in hopes that I would feel pumped to read. This usually works for me.

    4. Haha! I’ve been reading a lot of romantic oneshots lately. ;D I miss having time for longer manga/anime! <3

    Awesome list, Mitchii. I'll keep this list in mind.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Trying these things if somehow help me overcome this bookish slump (I also do think that it’ll help others in the same situation).

      ps: also reading few one-shots. xD

  3. I definitely think that all four of these strategies have the potential to work!

    And I know what you mean about favourites. There are some favourite books of mine which I have only read once in my life, and I am almost a bit scared to go back and read them. I love the feeling that I associate with them NOW and what if that changes if I re-read them? :( But I think that is kind of unlikely, especially if it’s something that you really and truly love!

    Reading a sequel to a favourite is a great idea, and I had never thought of that as a way to get over a reading slump! And I love you you took a picture of The Evolution of Mara Dyer. EEP. I really really want to read that book – it looks amazing. If anything could get you out of your slump, I am pretty sure that book will be it.

    I also think that reading anticipated releases are a good idea. Like you said, you don’t know you’ll like them but they’re new and shiny, so there’s a chance that could help with the slump!

    And reading things similar to what you are enjoying is a very good idea, I think. I remember when i went though a manga reading craze. It’s very different to novel reading, but just as enjoyable, I think.

    If you want to keep reviews on the blog, maybe you could start reviewing the manga you read? I know I would like to see more manga reviews around the place because they are amazing to read, and I like finding new ones to sink my teeth into ^.^

    I hope at least one of these works for you, Mitchii, and I shall keep an eye out for your updates!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Yes, hopefully these will work out. I miss reading terribly (at least the enthusiasm of reading and anticipating favorite reads).

  4. Emily says:

    Awww yeah! :D Fantastic idea Mitchii! ;D I’m sure this is bound to help, and if it doesn’t we can always come up with new ideas! ;) But re-reading some of your favourites is always the best idea, and look there’s Ignite Me! Plenty of swoons and feels to go around xD All the best, and you go for Operation Rekindle girl!! <3 *hugs*

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I’m trying Ignite Me, if it’ll help me overcome this slump. You’ll never know, Warner can do miracle LOL. Thanks little sis. *hugs back*

  5. Finley Jayne says:

    Good luck, hopefully these strategies will help you get over the dreaded slump!

  6. Goodluck, Mitchii! I’m sure you’ll be able to get out of your book slump in no time :) It would be such a wonderful journey to find your love for reading again. The idea of reading sequels to books you loved is a fantastic idea! Let us know how it goes! We highly anticipate your love for reading’s return :D

  7. Good luck and I really hope these books will get you out of that slump :D

  8. Shannelle C. says:

    I’m just so envious of your photos because they look so pretty and I want it. Like I can’t even get photos that nice because I don’t have a nice white background, let alone a camera nicer than my phone. Do you have instagram? :3

    And I do hope you get out of this slump and you end up enjoying reading again soon! (And I want to push you to go to Alex London at this rate for the mere sake of meeting up with you and borrowing books.)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I have, it’s @thenapkins although I rarely post. And to be honest my photography skills sucks most of the time. I don’t have a fancy camera, just an average digicam. I just use photoshop to manipulate the photos a bit.

      I might not go, I haven’t read his book and not really interested to try. :(

  9. I really hope you get over your slump soon, Mitchii! Yeah, reading favorites is definitely a good idea. I haven’t read Ignite Me yet, but I’ve been hearing some pretty awesome stuff about it, so I’m sure that’s a good book to go to. :) And eep, can’t wait to hear what you think about The Jewel! It’s one of my most anticipated books as well.

    Let me think of a book that’s like Tokyo Ghoul and which I enjoyed… Have you read This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers? It has zombies in it, but that’s not entirely the main focus, and if I remember correctly, there’s either no romance, or hardly any. I adored that book, and the characters were all so realistic and well-developed. Sequel is coming out next year, I think! Oh, and you can try Stormdancer as well — not much romance either, and it’s steampunk/fantasy set in Japan. It’s pretty good. ^^

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I did read This Is Not A Test and I dnf-ed it. Didn’t like it. As for Stormdancer, I hated it. A very terrible integration of Japanese culture and poorly researched book.

      Don’t worry, I’ll try to find some. Not necessarily Asian inpired but has the same appeal as the ones I’m liking these days. Thanks Meg! <3

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