TGIF: The Reading Blues

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TGIF at GReads is a feature for recapping the week’s posts and answering a book-blogging question posed by Ginger.  I try to join in from time to time when I have some interesting thoughts on the question at hand.

This week the question is: Reading Blues: We all get them from time to time. What helps you overcome those reading slumps when nothing seems to grab your attention?

This question comes at a great time because I am (sort of) in the middle of reading slump.  I went on a library hold request spree a month or so ago and as the holds pour in, I find myself not wanting to read books that I know I would actually like… if I was in the mood for them.  You see, I didn’t believe it was possible to wear myself out on dystopia or other sorts of action-y or sci-fi books.  But I think I might have overdone it.  Because all I want to do these days is watch baseball.  Or go to the gym.  Or clean.  I know, I might be losing it.

So what do I do?  Well, I didn’t finish one book, returned another to the library without reading, and put another library book down in favor of watching baseball and reading a romance novel (On the Island) I bought last month, but hadn’t read.  Then I went to the library and picked up another adult romance (Attachments) which I’m nearly halfway through.  I guess a change of genre was all I really needed to get me back to the books!

I also want to address how blogging has played into my reading slump, though.  Before I started blogging, I probably would have let my interests wander and would have happily taken advantage of my increased interest in exercising and scrubbing the bathtub.  Maybe I would have taken the opportunity to reread Harry Potter or even just taken a break from reading for a few weeks.  Now that I blog, though, I want to keep putting out reviews, which means I need to be pretty much constantly engaged in a book or two.  I am perfectly happy to read more (that was one of my goals in starting this blog), but another of my goals in starting a book blog was to read better.  That is, to be happier with what I read and to read more things that I actually like.  So I am giving myself to permission to read what I like, consequences be damned!  Hopefully that, in and of itself, will keep me out of another reading slump.

What do you do when you hit a reading slump?  Has blogging played into how you handle them?

And here are my previous posts of the week, should you be interested:

My review of Starters

My review of On the Island

My Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Characters