Hello! My name is Simone and I’m the Mayor of Slumpsville. Earlier this week, I was in a pretty bad reading slump. If you’re not aware of what that is, a slump is when you try to read a book but the words are just words and it’s tough for you to get to the next page. You’d rather be checking your phone than reading your book. You’d rather do anything than pick up a book. And this was me.
Slumps happen to all of us. We all marathon a whole series and then don’t want to look at anything else for a while. We read that big tome and it burnt us out. If you’re me, then you’re reading books for work that aren’t the best books.
The only remedy for a slump? Time. I know many people suggest watching tv or doing other chores or taking a walk or catching up on something else, but the truth is that all you need is time. When we go into a slump, I like to think my brain is tired and there’s no other way to combat exhaustion than just letting it go and enjoying my time away from books.
But then Wednesday I started a quick contemporary YA called HOT DOG GIRL by Jennifer Dugan (review to come) and that did the trick. This is why I love to keep a good mix of books in my TBR. If I’m in a bad slump, I don’t want to read something big and heavy with lots of themes or character development. I want something quick and easy and fun and my last read was the perfect combination. It wasn’t the most prolific piece of work I’ve ever read and it didn’t need to be. I always have tons of fun reading something light and it did exactly what it needed to do.
Now that I’m back on course, I’m finishing up THE TWO LILA BENNETTS by Lisa Fenton and Liz Stenke for my book club this weekend, and about to start an epic fantasy that I’ve been dying to read. I needed to do some work and read some priority reads, but I’m finally ready. Can you guess what I’ll be reading?