And here we are again at my annual reading and blogging slump, 2 (or is it 3 now?) months and counting. I can solve one of those problems by posting so here’s a post 😀
Welcome to the first session of the Reading Slump Pity Party. While other blogs may provide some actual helpful advice on reading slumps, we here on Panda Hearts Books are here to sit next to you on the floor and cry with you. I know it’s tough but we can all get through it if we stick together. Yes, there might be tears and blood shed along the way, but it’ll be worth it. Let’s discuss the 5 stages of the reading slump:
1. Denial | The “I’m just in the middle of a slow bit, it’ll be over soon” stage
Take for example Passenger by Alexandra Bracken which I started in March and still haven’t finished. To this day, I will swear on my right hand that I’ll finish it. Ah, yes the taste of sweet sweet denial.
2. Anger | The “WHY AM I STILL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SLOW BIT?” stage
Ok, so a month later and the book still hasn’t been read. Just stay calm, it will happen. UGH THIS IS PAIN! I SHOULD BE FLYING THROUGH IT LIKE I NORMALLY DO!!
3. Bargaining | The “Ok, I’ll watch some Youtube then read before I sleep”
We all know you ain’t coming back from Youtube, it’s a deep dark hole.
4. Depression | The “I’m a terrible reader. I’ve let down the whole book community”
Maybe in between this bookish existential crisis you read a couple of books but you just hate all of them… ALL OF THEM! How is that even possible? And then you go back into the crisis and just lie on the floor.
5. Acceptance | The “Yes, I am in the middle of a slump” stage
Say it with me “I am undergoing a slump and that’s ok.” Ask your friends for some recommendations, scan your Goodreads for something to read and say you’ll pick up a book soon. Good. Now you can go back to lying on the floor again.
… But seriously, in need for books that give me feels.