Random Ramblings: The Dreaded Reading Slump

Posted March 29th, 2011 by in Discussions / 0 comments

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I feel like I should put up some sinister music to go with the post. Or open it with something like “You never know where it will be, around the next corner? After you flip the last page? When you open the front cover?” in a really creepy bone chilling voice. Of course followed by that buh-da-dun music. We all fear it. I don’t think the opening was overly dramatic. I think it terrifies you just as much as it does me. That’s right I’m talking about the dreaded reading slump! Or reading rut or whatever you want to call it. It strikes whether you are a reviewer or an everyday reader. It’s appalling and can really cripple a good reading run.


Usually I employee some pretty OCD tactics to avoid the slump. I almost NEVER read the same genre in a row. I can’t read two historicals back to back. I can’t even read a demon paranormal and then a vampire. It has to be a completely different genre. Let me tell you, it stinks when you find a good series and all you want to do is read the next one. My perfect example is J.R. Ward’s Lover series. I read the first two back to back. Then got to Z’s story and slogged through it. It felt SO wrong because his was one of my first favorites. I felt like the story suffered because I didn’t stick to my rules. It also means that it can take forever to finish a series. Yeah, I want to read the Eve and Roarke series by J.D. Robb but I’m daunted by the size. Do you know how big that series is?! It’ll take me two years.


I also hit slumpsville when I read several mediocre books in a row. This may not seem fair but it’s just how I operate. If a book doesn’t grab me, I feel like I must slog through to the end. (Yes, another OCD tendency.) I’ve yet to hit a DNF book but that’s not to say it can’t change in the future.


My question to my readers and other book bloggers: What tactics do you use to send that awful slump tucked tailed and running? Do you often have reading slumps? Have you ever had to pull yourself out of one? What worked for you? This is a cry for help! I’m not above begging. Consider it helping a fellow reader getting her book mojo back! I really miss it….

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  1. Lamia (The Book Eate

    Well, to be honest, I have a reading pile that's a mile long, so I never have "nothing" to read. But sometimes I find myself abandoning book after book, simply because I can't settle on a book long enough to appreciate it and want to open another one approximately 20 minutes after I started reading.The trick is to find a stand-alone book with fast pacing that doesn't take 10 chapters to get interesting and will pull you in right from the start. Of course, you can't know that… Before you try it. It sucks, I know.It it helps, this, this & this book pulled me in immediately and are all absolutely amazing.A warning about Poison Study, though: don't read the sequels. They're awful. The plot is pretty much tied up after book 1, and book 2 is mediocre at best and doesn't really resolve anything.BUT Book 1 is one of my favorite books, ever.And the way you talk about The Slump makes me want to capitalize it haha.I hope you get your mojo back soon!

  2. Danielle

    Oh Steph, I feel your pain right now. For some reason I can not get into a book no matter how good it is. In the past if I'm in a slump I grab one of my comfort reads and that usually helps. Not this time. Like you I always finished a book — my reason I paid good money for a book and come hell or high water I'm going to finish it. I would suggest just take a break from reading, play computer games, surf the net or just watch TV. Good luck!!!

  3. Lamia (The Book Eater)

    Well, to be honest, I have a reading pile that's a mile long, so I never have “nothing” to read. But sometimes I find myself abandoning book after book, simply because I can't settle on a book long enough to appreciate it and want to open another one approximately 20 minutes after I started reading.

    The trick is to find a stand-alone book with fast pacing that doesn't take 10 chapters to get interesting and will pull you in right from the start. Of course, you can't know that… Before you try it. It sucks, I know.

    It it helps, this, this & this book pulled me in immediately and are all absolutely amazing.
    A warning about Poison Study, though: don't read the sequels. They're awful. The plot is pretty much tied up after book 1, and book 2 is mediocre at best and doesn't really resolve anything.
    BUT Book 1 is one of my favorite books, ever.

    And the way you talk about The Slump makes me want to capitalize it haha.

    I hope you get your mojo back soon!

  4. Stephanie @ Once Upo

    Lamia – Thanks so much for the recs! I adored the Study series! Graceling has been on my list for awhile and I've never heard of Lips Touch but it sounds very intriguing.Danielle – Thanks for the sympathy!

  5. Danielle

    Oh Steph, I feel your pain right now. For some reason I can not get into a book no matter how good it is. In the past if I'm in a slump I grab one of my comfort reads and that usually helps. Not this time. Like you I always finished a book — my reason I paid good money for a book and come hell or high water I'm going to finish it.

    I would suggest just take a break from reading, play computer games, surf the net or just watch TV.

    Good luck!!!

  6. Stephanie @ Once Upon A Chapter

    Lamia – Thanks so much for the recs! I adored the Study series! Graceling has been on my list for awhile and I've never heard of Lips Touch but it sounds very intriguing.

    Danielle – Thanks for the sympathy!

  7. Robin

    Steph – I hope your slump doesn't last long. Do you have an keeper shelf that you could try re-reading? That seems to help some people. Like you, I try not to read the same genre back to back. It does seem to help limit the slumps. But it is hard to get through some of those long series. I feel like I'm always behind everyone else.

  8. Alexa

    I usually switch genres between adult romance and YA novels. You said that wasn't working for you though. Hmm I would say I pick up and reread some favorite parts of books that I know are awesome. This usually gives me confidence in the book world again so that I have complete hope of finding a good book to read.

  9. Robin

    Steph – I hope your slump doesn't last long. Do you have an keeper shelf that you could try re-reading? That seems to help some people.

    Like you, I try not to read the same genre back to back. It does seem to help limit the slumps. But it is hard to get through some of those long series. I feel like I'm always behind everyone else.

  10. JenM

    I'm like you, I try not to read the same genre back to back and I never read series back to back. The only one that I came close to doing that on was Robyn Carr's Virgin River series. I got the first 4 books in a bundle and powered right through them, but as soon as I started on book 5, I realized it was getting stale so I backed off for awhile. I also don't usually sit down and read for hours straight (unless I'm stuck on a plane or something). Every hour or two, I get up, play on the computer, or turn on the TV for a bit. I think that really helps keep me out of slumps.

  11. Alexa

    I usually switch genres between adult romance and YA novels. You said that wasn't working for you though. Hmm I would say I pick up and reread some favorite parts of books that I know are awesome. This usually gives me confidence in the book world again so that I have complete hope of finding a good book to read.

  12. JenM

    I'm like you, I try not to read the same genre back to back and I never read series back to back. The only one that I came close to doing that on was Robyn Carr's Virgin River series. I got the first 4 books in a bundle and powered right through them, but as soon as I started on book 5, I realized it was getting stale so I backed off for awhile.

    I also don't usually sit down and read for hours straight (unless I'm stuck on a plane or something). Every hour or two, I get up, play on the computer, or turn on the TV for a bit. I think that really helps keep me out of slumps.

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