Monday, April 27, 2015

Book Chatter (12): Reading Slump Woes & Contest



Pull up a chair, relax, and let’s discuss the wonderful world of books.

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Well, you’ve come to the right place. Once a month, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on various book topics and offering prizes that pertain to the topic at hand. That’s not all – You will get to choose the monthly topic by voting on which topic to discuss for the following month. You will also be able to suggest topics by clicking on this FORM.


READING SLUMP WOES

Have you ever been on a reading high, where you hit the mark on great books then out of nowhere find yourself slamming into a brick wall?  Sounds familiar? It’s the dreadful reading slump – oh the woes of being an avid reader.

In my case, I could read 4 to 5 starred books, 3 - 5 in a row then hit a snag. It’s so frustrating when this happens because I end up picking up at least 3 more books only to read the first chapter then put the book away later until I’m in the mood. I’ve noticed when I hit my slumps; it’s when I’m in a mood to read a particular genre. For instance, earlier this year, I was on a roll – I started off with Golden Son by Pierce Brown then I read I Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole. Notice the similarities? These books both have similar elements: Unique stories, great world building, unforgettable characters, and dark undertones. So, it made since for me to want to keep the love going. When I couldn’t find any other books that met these criteria, what did I do?

I went back to the basics. What I mean by this is, what made me love reading in the first place? There are books that capture your heart and will forever be remembered. You can read these books over and over again and because of this I always go back to one of my unforgettable reads to pull me out of my slump.

Here are my go to books when I’m in a slump:  It’s a weird mix but they work for me. 

  • Whitney My Love by Judith McNaught – this was one of my first historical romance reads (I’m a supernatural girl)
  • Darkfever (Fever, #1) by Karen Marie Moning - I'm obsessed with this series
  • Poison Study, (Study, #1) by Maria V. Snyder - I love the world building and unforgettable characters
  • Beautiful Disaster (Disaster, #1) by Jamie McGuire - my first New Adult - you always remember your first
  • Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) by Jeaniene Frost - this book has everything that I love when it comes to this genre
How do you get over a reading slump?



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15 comments:

  1. Pride and Prejudice is usually the book that gets me out of a reading slump, it's just witty and romantic, and I love it.

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  2. If I am in a slump its because I'm overwhelmed and probably read 30 books in a month. First I give myself sometime, then I go for something quick and easy, preferably the beginning of a series then I'm downing books like crazy.

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  3. Reading what I like, rather than what other people tell me to. Oftentimes, my slump develops because I read the stuff I hate.

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  4. @Writing Pearls - You have to share what you are reading that you can go through that many books. I'm curious now.


    @bn100 - LOL. I admit that I do that too.

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  5. @Angie - Those books typically end in DNF. If the recommendations or ratings are pretty high, I'll try about anything.

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  6. I usually reread one of my favorites! Either that, or I go book shopping!

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  8. @Annie - LOL...I've spent tons of money doing that!

    @poetryinleaves - :( Oh no. Goodreads is perfect for recommendations.

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  9. I usually try to switch it up, or read some short stories, or read an old favorite.

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  10. I re-read parts of my favorite books like falling kingdom by morgan rhodes, finnikin of the rocks by melina marchetta, and throne of glass by sarah j maas :D

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  11. @Mandy K - Yes, that definitely works!

    @Allie L - I love Throne of Glass! I've been wanting to read Finnikin of the Rocks forever. I just have to find the time.

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  12. I always go towards graphic novels or I just pick up a somewhat short book that's completely out of my comfort zone. Recently, I felt like I was in a slump and I randomly chose The Handmaid's Tale, the story was very upsetting and horrifying but still addictive and I don't usually read adult speculative fiction so it kept my interest. It helped me out of my slump. :)

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  13. @Isa - Now, I'll have to add The Handmaid's Tale to my TBR list.

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