The Dreaded Reading Slump and How to Deal

Reading Slump. Book Slump. I Don’t Want to Read Anything Slump. However you label it, they all suck and no one looks forward to when they get hit with one.  They can last days, weeks, months, or even years.  I was in a book Slump the entire four years I was getting my undergrad. All I did was read non fiction books for my different classes and I was too burned out to even think about reading something else.  It wasn’t until after I was married, and stumbled upon Twilight one late night on Amazon that I got back into the swing of things.  I went from reading zero books a year to reading 35.  Then the next year I hit 50, then 75, and I’ve consistently read between 100-135 books a year since then.  But between all those epic reads have been interment bouts of slump.  So what does one do when they don’t want to read, you ask?  Well fasten your seat belts (metaphorically because trust me, I’m not that damn exciting) because I’m about to show you what I do!

AEFB5CE8-32C8-430E-AD35-AFE23B2D4ECFI got hit with a slump right at the beginning of February. January was a super strong reading month for me, and I was chugging along at a nice steady clip when ROADBLOCK.  It was like hitting a brick wall.  I went from reading a three hundred page book in a day or two to barely reading 2-3 pages a day.  I’ve had four books started now for over 2 weeks and the bookmarks have barely budged.  They’re just hanging out on my nightstand having their own little book reject party.  I on the other hand, just ignore them and do other things to occupy my time, like watching TV.  I’ve discovered some of the best shows during this slump, and I’m totally going to tell you about them.

Lost Girl

Netflix

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FBB8D75B-07AE-41DE-A654-DDEF497CD160This first one is one I’ve watched before and absolutely FLOVE.  Charli and April hooked me on it back when we started the blog and it’s so good.  Back in the day, I was super into paranormal romance.  If it had vampires, werewolves, witches, or demon hunters I was like “Sign. Me. Up.”  I still have stacks of them on my shelves downstairs.  Lost Girl is like taking all those books and putting them on TV.  It has all the elements of a good paranormal romance.  Kick ass heroine.  Lots and lots of weird creepy shit happening all over a seemingly normal metropolis.  Plus, there are some absolutely amazing side characters who truly make the show what it is.  And did I mention the gorgeous werewolve hero Dyson?  That’s him over there on the left.    He’s my favorite.  There are five seasons available on Netflix.  Give yourself a decent chunk of time once you start watching because this show is like Pringles. Once you start, you won’t be able to stop!

 

 

The Assassination of Gianni Versace:  An American Crime Story

FX Network

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I vaughly remember hearing about the death of Gianni Versace when it happened in 1997.  It was between my freshman and sophomore years of highschool, and I was enjoying my summer break by lounging in the pool and sleeping way too late.  Internet as we know it today didn’t really exist so aside from briefly hearing it on the news I never knew any further information.  Plus, if I’m being honest, the most expensive piece of clothing I own are my Converse sneakers.  Fashion was never really my thing.

However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve definitely become more interested in true crime.  I’ll watch any type of crime documentary I can find, and I’ve binge watched so many episodes of Snapped I could probably voice one.  When I saw this was coming out, I knew it was something I definitely wanted to watch.  I binged the available episodes this past weekend and O.M.G.  It’s so freaking good.  Darren Criss, who you’ll recognize from Glee plays serial killer Andrew Cunanan and he is absolutely phenomenal. He’s seriously creepy, and I’ll be honest, after seeing him in this role, I can’t hardly watch him in an interview without getting the heebie jeebies (that’s a technical term ;))


1261E580-6286-4F9F-B1D2-651DBA2F2FF6Not only have I been watching TV, but I’ve also discovered web comics.  It’s a whole new genre that I didn’t even know existed and I am living for it.  The best site/app I’ve found so far is Webtoons.  I believe it is available on both Apple and Android devices.  I’m an Apple girl myself, and it was free in the App Store.   The web comics are normally updated on a weekly basis, like a serial book.  There’s romance, fantasy, comedy, drama, and so much more.  The first morning I tried it after seeing someone mention it in one of my Facebook groups, I lost an hour and a half of my morning and almost missed getting my oldest on the bus in time.  Once I started reading these things I couldn’t stop.  So far I have two favorites which I’ll link below!

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A nerdy, introverted gal and an extroverted, former frat guy move into an apartment together after college — it’s a win-win situation for two people who want nothing to do with one another.

It’s updated every Tuesday and you can read the first episode here!

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Sam wants to be a game developer, but before her career can get started, a popular gaming personality posts a video of himself playing her first game and gives it a bad review. To make matters worse, she soon finds out he’s her new neighbor! A story about gaming, memes, and social anxiety. Come for the plot, stay for the doggo.

Let’s Play was created by Mongie and updates every Tuesday.  You can read the first episode here!


If you find yourself in a slump, what do you do?  Let me know in the comments if I’m missing out on any good, binge worthy tv, or if there is another hidden gem out there like Webtoons.  Until then, you’ll find me over on Wattpad reading Harry Styles fanfic…sorry not sorry 😂

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