Ahhh the dreaded reading slump. Anyone who has ever been in one (or any kind of slump for that matter) knows how hard it can be to get out of it. Since about November of last year, I keep falling into slumps. I will eventually find a book that I just devour and then can easily pick up a new one and keep going. However that seems to only last for a few books before I am back to the slump.
In November I was trying to force myself to read a bunch of predetermined books I had chosen also known as a TBR (To Be Read) for some reading challenges. I kept finding myself making excuses to do anything but pick up those books, so instead of just picking up something else I just quit reading. In early December I did the same thing, I chose certain books to read but kept finding myself not wanting to read them. Durning the first week of December Nalini Singh came out with her new book which was her first thriller, A Madness of Sunshine. This book did exactly what I needed it too, I dived into it and got lost in the mystery and beauty that was set in New Zealand. I find that her books have a way of bringing me in and making feel like I am a part of the story.
Since then I have learned a little more abut my reading habits and the biggest one is that I can not plan books to read. I am such a mood reader and if I am forcing myself to pick something up that I am not completely invested in then I quit reading altogether. I have also found that re-reading some of my favorites can help me out of a slump. My usual go to books/authors for this are the Pay/Changling series by Nalini Singh specifically Caressed by Ice, Sheild of Winter, Silver Silence and Wolf Rain. Some more of my favorites are Penny Reid’s Neanderthal Seeks Human and Shelly Laurenston’s Honey Badger Chronicles.
How do you get out of a reading slump? Do you have certain books you read or something you do to get out of that head space?