Well, a few weeks ago I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had been experiencing a bit of a reading slump that I thought had got through following my recent birthday. Seems like I was wrong with due to my recent experiences with a book.
Yep, I was reading “Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore”. It started off nicely and then I hit a reading version of what athletes call “The Wall”. Work life made reading difficult enough as I would be okay enough to read before work, but it felt like a chore, like eating your greens or cleaning the house. Equally, real life made reading all the more difficult as I wanted to have an escape from life with the minimum of effort.
But the biggest problem was that I wasn’t getting the enjoyment from my choice of book that I thought I would, despite it being set in a bookstore and from some sense of needing to read a varied selection of books along with feeling conscious that I was falling behind with my reading challenge for 2013, I persevered with “Mr Penumbra”.
Then, late last week I got chatting with my good friend Jana from “That Artsy Reader Girl” site (please check her site out if you haven’t already). She helped me to realise why I got into reading… for fun rather than as a sense of obligation… and that it isn’t a sign of defeat to “DNF” a book. So, I took her advice to “DNF” and metaphorically tossed the book away (not in the style of Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook”, I hasten to add), started with a new book and looking to enjoy my reading again.
To round off, a plea for some advice on behalf of slumpers everywhere. How do you get over a reading slump and do you have any reading suggestions to help beat the slump? As always, please leave your comments below.
PS – Following my previous slump post, I have got my backside back to the gym.