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It is official 2021 has been a bit of a reading slump year.
A bit of background information, when the pandemic hit I was reading consistently however I was on the verge of a burnout with podcast reading. I tend to read most of the books that I feature on the show. As you know I share multiple shows per week so it is a lot of reading.
I took a break and hit a reading slump back in August/September. Then I discovered that short audiobooks work for me so I went on a mini-binge on audiobooks which was fun but it didn’t last long. However, I ended up picking up novellas which were short reads. By the end of 2020, I ended up reading 233 books (there were two books that I read that I didn’t count on Goodreads). I ended up having overall a good reading year.
Well it is almost April and I have read less than 50 books. I have started countless ARCs but finished far and few between. I am in a bit of a reading slump.
Here are some tips and tricks as to what to do when you are in a reading slump:
It’s ok to put down a book if you are not feeling it right now
I learned that I am not a good DNFer. Unless the book is extremely problematic. I want to read through the end. However, one action that I discover is that I don’t mind putting a book down for a few weeks and months, then spending an afternoon finishing off. At the end of the day, I realized that I did enjoy the book better because I gave it space to sink through.
Pick a Novella or Category Romance
Short books work for me because I can read them quickly. Novellas might be a hit or miss where you wish there were more pages but I think they give you a taste of the author’s voice.
Category Romance gives you all of the tropes and they tend to be fun to read. Find a line or an author that is tried and true and pick a book.
Switch up Genres
If you have been reading a bunch of contemporary, perhaps try to read a Historical Romance or Paranormal? I have done this a few times and it seems to work.
Start an Audiobook
You can start with audiobook novellas if you are unsure if you want to dedicate 8 to 12 hours on a story. Audible Plus has some great novellas (see some of my recommendations).
Ask you Friends for Recommendations
If you are looking for a great read, ask your friends what has been the last book that they read that they can’t stop gushing about? What book has become an all time favorite book?
Pick a tried and true trope
If you have a trope that you love, pick a book that features this trope prominently. If you need recommendations, check the podcast archives as I have featured guests sharing their go to trope recommendations.
WHAT IS MY ACTION PLAN?
Because I am in the midst of a reading slump, I will use this blog as a bit of accountability space and share with you what has been working and what has not been working.
Here is my April 2021 game plan:
Pick a Category Romance from the Blaze and Dare lines as I will be a guest in the Categorically Romance Podcast
Take a break from ARCs for about a week
Read some Historical Romance
Listen to at least 3 audiobooks this month
Pick a Lynsay Sands Paranormal Book because they are a lot of fun
In the comments below, please go ahead and share your go to tips and tricks as to what do you do when you are in a reading slump?