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….