Reading Slumps Suck (But They Don’t Last Forever)

It happens to all of us. When you want to read but you just can’t. No matter what you do, your brain doesn’t cooperate and you end up reading the same line over and over and over again. Ugh! Reading slumps suck.

As someone who has started reading at the ripe age of 5 and have since spent a considerable portion of my life with my nose in books, I have had my fair share of reading slumps. Sometimes they last for a week, sometimes they last for a year, but they always come to an end which is the important thing.

Over the years, I have learned that the number one rule when it comes to reading slumps is not to force yourself to read. It might seem like if you can just get yourself to focus and read a chapter or two, you’ll get immersed in the story and you’ll be going through a book a day in no time. Well, wrong. The only thing you will accomplish by forcing yourself to read is increasing your level of frustration and decreasing your enjoyment of the book. Don’t sacrifice books to reading slumps!

Read a page, and if you’re just not feeling it, put the book down, turn on the TV, or go bake a cake or walk your dog or whatever else is part of your daily routine. Go about your life and just forget about the book. My theory on reading slumps is that at some point, the book saturation of your brain reaches a maximum and your brain’s like “All right, no more of this. Give me something else to chew. ANYTHING else.” And that’s alright, because we need diversity in our lives.

So go on with your life, give your brain some time to breathe something other than books and in no time, you’ll be jonesing for books like your life depends on it.

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