Blog: The Pain of the Reading Slump

I’m in a reading slump. I genuinely can’t remember the last time I had such a big slump. Even when I last posted about being in a slump (December) I still managed to read 9 books in that month. Granted, they were primarily rereads but I still managed to read 9 books! I haven’t even finished one book this month, granted I am reading Les Misérables but a huge, beastly book isn’t normally something that deters me and it still isn’t, I’m really enjoying it but… I’m just not in the mood to read, even though I want to be reading and it’s frustrating. It seems as though those two feelings conflict but they really don’t, I want to read I just don’t feel like it…

I feel pressure to read sometimes, the pressure comes only from myself, but I feel if I’m not reading I’m not producing content for this blog, and that makes me sad because I love this blog. I love writing posts, interacting with those of you who read it and not being able to do that because I’m not doing anything to write about is getting me down.

The main issue I have is I don’t feel I’ve achieved anything. Nothing. I don’t feel I’ve made any significant headway on anything else, least of all my dissertation or any coursework, I’ve not even been watching TV. I just don’t understand where my time has been going or what I’ve been doing with it. I have nothing to show for it.

Gah. I’m feeling really zapped right now. That could also be antibiotics talking as I’m doped up to my eyeballs, but alas. Normal business shall resume soon, I just needed to get this off of my chest!

2 thoughts on “Blog: The Pain of the Reading Slump

  1. StoriesforSophie says:

    I know exactly how you feel. I had the same thing reading The Bell Jar. I put it aside and switched to All the Bright Places – much easier to read, less heavy-going. That did the trick for me and I’ll get back to The Bell Jar when I have more energy and can concentrate better.

    Try not to put too much pressure on yourself. I know that’s easier to say than do.

    Hope you’re feeling better soon 🙂

  2. Gitanjali Singh Cherian says:

    I empathise Ashleigh! Just hang in there. I went through a reading slump for about 2 years (it began just after my son was born), during which I read only about 5-6 books I think. And now for the past 6 months or so, I have been on a reading spree and I can’t stop myself from reading every night before I sleep! So don’t force it. Either read something really light or just accept that this is a slump and don’t read at all. It will come back when it’s meant to. Once a reader, always a reader I say 🙂 Don’t be too hard on yourself and hope you feel better soon.

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