Defeating the Dreaded Reading Slump

With the start of the fall season, I had a plan. I was determined that this would be the time to make a dent into my ever-growing TBR pile. I picked out about eight books to start with and was going to pick out another eight when I finished those. I started off strong in September. I flew through the first three books with ease, but suddenly, everything changed. The oh so dreaded reading slump had arrived. I find that this happens to me about twice a year; once in  the beginning of the year and once towards the end.  I haven’t been able to read more than a few pages of anything since the middle of September. That’s a month and a half of practically no reading! Oh, the shame! The horror! 😱 That being said I am proud to announce that the slump is officially over! I finally finished a book (well, graphic novel, but it’s something) and have started going through my TBR quest once again. Here are three things that helped me to get back into reading.

  1. Don’t read.

I know what you’re thinking. How will not reading help me to start reading again? Some smart person once said, “Distance makes the heart grow fonder,” and that couldn’t possibly be any truer when it comes to reading. My reading slumps usually occur after a good old-fashioned binge reading session. It’s like a little food coma after a massive lunch. (Lunch🍡….yummmmm!!…. food …. pizzaaaa🍕…. fries🍟…. cookies🍪…. 🍩mmmmmm!!.. I think I’m hungry..) You need to let the lingering feels from your recent reading expedition subside and come to terms with themselves. We all know how authors like to scar their readers’ hearts and souls and we need to give time for our wounds to heal before we open up new ones. We need to start to miss the gut-wrenching heartache of having our favorite character killed off or our favorite couple being tragically torn apart. We need to crave the adventure that reading offers and sometimes that requires us to take a step back from reading in order to come back full force. Instead of reading, try binge watching your favorite show on Netflix or work on some crafty DIY Pinterest projects that never come out how it is in the picture or if you’re really desperate you can even do something productive like cleaning.

2. Read something fun and short.

When you are in a slump, you need something that reminds you about just how much excitement can come from reading. The best way to do that is with a book that is short and lighthearted, like a good cartoon. Try reading a fun graphic novel or some short stories. The plot progresses quickly and you feel accomplished and motivated after finishing a book.

3. Surround yourself with book related content.

Excitement is contagious. I find that when I see how excited other people get over reading, it makes me excited to pick up a book and start reading it too. Start browsing some new books, watch some fun book tags on Youtube, read some reviews on a blog, or buy some cute new bookmarks. You want to refocus your attention on your ultimate goal of reading.

Theses are what helped me to finally get out of my slump and I hope they help some of you when you find yourself in your own little slump. Do you guys have any  tricks of your own?

Review: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

In this series, Marissa Meyers retells some of our favorite childhood fairytales with a uniquely futuristic twist.  Let me preface this by saying that I loved loved LOVED this series. I have been putting off writing this review because I was having a hard time trying to put all of my excitement into words. Whenever I started talking about this series, my explanations came out in squeals, grunts, and all sorts of incomprehensible noises. This series was really fun and completely caught me off guard. I was not expecting to love it so much.

There are currently three books, Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, in the series and a companion novel Fairest that provides a different point of view. This review does not include the companion novel as I will be reviewing that separately.

With that said, let’s dive into the books.

The first book in the series is Cinder. Like the name implies, this book is a retelling of the classic tale of “Cinderella” except Cinder is a cyborg.  She lives with her stepmother and her two stepsisters. Cinder is a renowned mechanic, who slaves away for her stepmother. There is a deadly plague that is terrorizing the world and people are desperately trying to find a cure. After Prince Kai asks her to fix his droid, Cinder becomes entangled in intergalactic politics that can change the fate of the universe as she knows it.

This book was a very fast read. I got sucked in from the beginning and enjoyed every minute of reading the book. There was action, suspense, romance, and mystery, basically everything that makes a good page turner. I absolutely loved Cinder as a character. She was smart, resourceful, and independent, while also being vulnerable. I gave it a solid 5/5 stars.

Next, Scarlet is the retelling of the story of “Little Red Riding Hood”. Scarlet lives on a farm in France with her grandmother. Her grandmother has been missing for two weeks and Scarlet is trying everything to find her. She meets a street fighter named Wolf who unlocks secrets about her grandmother’s whereabouts and more. Their story actually becomes intertwined with Cinder’s story becoming different parts of one cohesive plot. I absolutely loved how the two stories connected. It is very well written and creative. This book was my least favorite in the series because the beginning was a little slow for me. However, the ending left me excited for more. I gave it 4/5 stars.

Cress is the third installment in the series and it is based off of the story of “Rapunzel”. Cress is stuck in a satellite orbiting the Earth for many years. She is an amazing hacker and programmer. Her story becomes entangled in the stories of Cinder and Scarlet in the beginning only to be separated from them later. I can’t say much more without spoiling the first two books, so I’ll just leave it at that. This book was a very exciting read. A lot of loose ends start to get tied in this book, while some new problems are also introduced. The book reminded me of the movie Tangled, which is one of my favorite movies. The dialogue between Cress and her love interest was very reminiscent of Flynn Ryder and Rapunzel, which made me thoroughly enjoy reading it.  Overall, I gave this book 5/5 stars.

This series is amazing and I can’t wait for the fourth book Winter to come out this winter.

If you’re looking for a fun young adult sic-fi book with fantasy elements, this series is perfect. I don’t always read sic-fi books and I often take a while to get through them because I start to lose interest. That wasn’t the case with this series. I wouldn’t classify this as a true sci-fi book, but it definitely has elements that sic-fi readers will enjoy. I loved how the book retells stories that are so nostalgic to us in a way that is completely different from the original story, while still having the base plot of the story woven in. It even has little excerpts from the original texts of the stories inserted before each part of the book, which I really enjoyed. You have to pick this up and read it for yourself to truly understand how beautifully written this book is.