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Disregard the skepticism, Promise, I have a point…or at least I think I have.

Gosh, I’ll be typing yet another monthly round-up on the weekends and the posts are still minuscule (it has improved compare to last month albeit trifling though). But I’ll be saving the complaints later because it’s not the reason why I’ve posted but I have reflected some of the things I did for the past four years. Yep, I’ve been blogging for four years & no, this is not a celebratory post. But rather on my biggest problem to date: BOOK SLUMP!

You still in it, Mitchii? Why, yes, I’m still stuck in this rut and the fact is…I’m beginning to get comfortable in it. Slump and comfortable? Two words that really shouldn’t be together but honestly it’s becoming too comfy in here and makes me so anxious to try reading a book. I always wake up telling myself I’m going to read later but ended up distracted. Goal of the day smashed to pieces. And that happens every freaking day.

But you know what, it did make me realize some things, like: the number of books I read does not make me less of a reader than who, let’s say, read a hundred books (so far I have read 172 books this year and I only need 8 books to finish my goal. So not really a shabby work). But it does make me want to read a book that I really want to spend my time with. Before I read books sometimes for the heck of it. Now, I want to read because I’m genuinely interested with the story. Furthermore, I have unconsciously up my ante. So chances are, if the book is not what it promises it’ll be, I’ll be more critical to it. (I seriously blame Tokyo Ghoul for raising my standard; that damn, awesome of a story!)

I also became very indifferent with ARCs. I used to check Edelweiss & Netgalley on a regular basis. Now, it’s miracle if I actually remember to check it out. My last visit on NG was two months ago…I think more than that. I also don’t easily jump to the opportunity when I hear “free books” from a publisher (like seriously, where were these invitations when I was very active in reviewing?). I realized I couldn’t commit so why should I accept it? It’s not fair to me and to them. With that sort of thinking, in some bizarre way, I have matured. I’ve learned to accept things I know I can do and not just plainly because (if that makes sense). And ARCs like all books will get published sooner or later. Some of the books I was eager to read before came out and I haven’t even read them. Yep, how strange things turn out to be.

But most of all, I do not only rely on books I read to blog anymore. In four years of blogging, I’ve realized something fundamental: I love blogging. It doesn’t necessarily about books. Sharing something and have a specific outlet/place to put my thoughts really makes me happy. Now I remember why I kept a diary when I was a kid (up until I was in high school and by the time I was in college I opened a livejournal). Still, I don’t mind whether I receive attention or not. The fact, I share something out in the open is already satisfying to me.

But after all that, still this problem remains; I’m still in book slump. Now back on tackling books and actually read it!

How about you? Been in a book slump? How dreadful was it? Did something good come out of it? Care to share it with me?

2014 / 10 / 31

15 Responses to The ‘pros’ of a book slump?!

  1. I don’t know if my book slump is a real one, because I’ve never stopped reading for long periods of time. But for the last few months, nearly all my reads have been two stars, and I was starting to get really apprehensive about picking up a new book. Why would I want to read, when all I was reading were crappy books?

    It made me pretty sad because I love reading so much, but I also like reading GOOD books.

    I guess the good thing that came out of the kinda-slump was that I was even more appreciative of a good book when it came along. And they still stand out to me now, even though they weren’t favourites. But I can remember them because they were the shining stars in a dark string of mediocre books.

    I’m glad you’ve realised your slump isn’t a bad thing! I’m sure reading will come back to you ^.^

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I think some people do consider that a book slump. It’s very frustrating to read yet none of them please you. But I know that feeling, when I check the shelves and I see those books that I love it always makes me smile, like reminding me, ‘ah this is the reason why I love reading.’ In fact, it what makes to get rid of the slump because reading is a big part of my life. :D

  2. Megan says:

    Can I get a high-five, Mitchii? BECAUSE I’M NOT ALONE? Man, this book slump is killing me, too. I haven’t been blogging much even though my exams are all over (I only managed to blog for three or four days last week, and this week all I’ve published is one post). And I’ve been totally slacking on my commenting, too. D:

    Yeah, I don’t really care much about ARCs anymore, either. I can’t even keep up with the ones I have now. Last time, I used to be so crazy about them, and even got upset when I couldn’t get approved for the ones I requested. Now, I’m just like — ehhh! It’s weird… but also strangely relieving. xP

    But I’m glad to see that you still love blogging because I love everything that you post! Either way, I hope you get over your book slump soon, because it’s actually kind of scary not feeling a real need to read anymore (unless manga counts O_O), especially since reading has been a part of my life for so long. I don’t want to lose that hobby, but this book slump is taking a damn long time to fade away.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      You? Slacking on commenting? I think you’re one of those sincere commenters! You should be proud, Meg. But back to the issue, ah book slump, how to get rid of it!
      Every time I saw pile of ARCs on IG, I was like, ah, yeah cool. Not even a tiny speck of envy on me (not that I was jealous to begin with). But I no longer so much whether I will receive one or not.
      AAAAAAAW MEG!!!! I suck at this blogging thing but this comment makes me want to try so hard! And yes, this slump is scary because I do love to read again, I just don’t know where to start and very apprehensive if I start one. Gaaah, very frustrating and this so mean of me but I’m glad not the only one. *hugs Meg tightly*

  3. Less time reading means more time for blogging things? :D I hate that pull between spending time finishing a book and spending time writing blog posts, so I could see feeling less inclined to read leading to more fun discussion posts and things ;-)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I love writing discussions and I think everyone notices it but discussions are far more popular than reviews (at least on my case).

  4. Shannelle says:

    If I had a slump, hopefully something productive comes out of it. And post anything you want! You know, talk about your manga or your designing processes (hell yes to that please) or talk about your coding journey (HELL YES to that one) or talk about food or something. I’m happy that you still love blogging, and if you want to blog about something else, go ahead!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Design process, haha, my inspiration is sporadic. Sometimes I like to design and sometimes I hit designer’s block so I don’t know if it’s worth mentioning. But glad you guys are open with me talking something else aside from books. :D

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  6. Elizabeth says:

    Yay for blogging for the sake of blogging! I’ve also discovered that now that I’m not interested in reviewing books, I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails about doing so. Whyyyy?? (But oh well, whatevs. Still not going to review them). I’ve been in a weird sort of slumpish place too (not quite as extreme as yours though haha). I have gone like…a week or so now without reading anything – not even manga. And just kind of forgetting that I usually read. And no blogging stuff either (well, ok that’s changed a bit recently, but still). It feels weird – and weirder that I’m not concerned about it. And then I’m concerned I’m not concerned.

    Clearly my brain is a hamster on drugs.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      It’s weird timing right? Where were these invitations when I was active doping reviews?! It does feel weird but since I’m blogging two blogs I feel like I still have that sparks. The direction of the blog/s just changed. I guess, I wanted something more diverse and more me. :D

  7. Valerie says:

    YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL BLOG. I’m glad I stumbled upon it.

    Yup, you’re definitely right though. The number of books you read doesn’t define you as a reader. Though even I have to be reminded of that sometimes. But honestly, as long as you’re sharing something, and you WANT to share something, and it makes you happy to blog, then all is good!

    Also, I gotta watch Tokyo Ghoul. I was indifferent to it over the summer, but it looks like it was really good. Gah I don’t know. I’ve been on hold with ALL my anime (all 10 series wahh) due to school, so I won’t be watching anything new until Winter break.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Thank you, Valerie! <3

      I'm glad that you guys don't mind when a book blog decided to include other stuff as well. I'm not completely going to stray but reviews ain't my priority anymore.

      You should! You should! I can't stop recommending Tokyo Ghoul because it's really, really good. I hope you'll enjoy it!

  8. So true! When I get into a slump, I just embrace it because when I DO feel like reading, I don’t feel forced…I actually enjoy reading way more when I know I’m just reading it just because I feel like it again. Lol I haven’t checked my Netgalley account for almost a year xD I’m really proud of myself because I remember back then, I checked that thing every day.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Yeah, I’m waiting for the moment that I feel like I’m ready to pick up books again. I don’t check NG anymore. I couldn’t even read a book much less review. It’s quite unfair to request then not review it. So yeah, it’s all good.

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