I have been reading since I was little but I will admit that for the longest, I never knew the correct statement for being in a reading slump. I have had my days when I don't feel like reading and I want to be able to just sleep the day away but other times where I would be just not into reading for a couple of weeks. I thought I was losing my reading mojo and turning into those people that just didn't enjoy reading anymore. But, that wasn't the case... I just need to refresh my mind for reading. I came up with a few tips on how to get out of a reading slump because I am pretty sure you have all been there just like me!
1. Be okay with the fact that you aren't into reading at the moment and don't think something is wrong that you don't feel like reading. Embrace it and you'll see that you just needed a break.
2. Try reading a different genre than your usual "go-to" genre and it might get you to see a different reading style than you are used to.
3. Reread one of your favorite books that has always made you feel good about reading. I love to read poetry books and The Alchemist, it definitely makes me happy to reread them.
4. Read a children's book -- I know it might sound strange but after reading a few children books you start to not feel so pressured on reading the adult novels and it gives you something simple to read just to get your mind back into the mindset of reading.
5. Join a bookclub. Reading with others might actually make you feel good to read and chat about a book and it can get you to stick with at least reading one book a month.
6. Get rid of books off of your bookshelf. Sometimes when we let go of something, we realize that we want to hold it closer and treasure it more. Who knows? It might get you to go through your books more often.
7. Walk around a bookstore or library. It does something to my mind when I get a chance to read books and gather around a new plot.
8. Read an e-book from your kindle and it can give you a different perspective from reading from a physical book.
9. Listen to an audio book while you're driving, so technically you don't feel like you are reading your everyday book but listening to a book and still indulging in a juicy plot.
10. Watch a movie that is based on a book, such as A Beautiful Mind, Bridget Jones Diary, Harry Potter, and more. Sometimes when I watch movies that are based on books it makes me want to go out and read the book to compare and see if its better. It could potentially work for you as well (:
I have my days when I am going through a reading slump and I usually follow these tips. I try to do multiple things to help with my reading slump. I would love to have tips that you do as well when you are having issues when you read. Let me know down below!
I have always been a mess when it came to keeping up with the different books I have been reading. I would write them down then forget where I put the list. I would also take photos of the books on my bookstagram then realize that I can't remember what I thought of the book. A reading journal is a book that keeps the books you have read in a journal with your ratings of the book, the title, genre, authors, summary, and more. I can't believe that I have waited so long to write a post on how to keep up with your reading with a reading journal. But girlfriend, you need a reading journal. Like. Now.
A reading journal was so hard to come by. I literally searched on Etsy and Amazon and realized that I can't find a physical reading journal until I found this one. I kept coming across the internet but only found printables, very expensive physical books and internet based reading journals which is not how I wanted to keep up with my books that I read in the past. What lead me to finding a reading journal was because people kept asking me what books would I recommend and what I really thought of a specific book -- and I kept forgetting titles and authors. So, finding this journal was heaven sent! Reading journals can be seen as a great addition to you avid readers because it keeps you organized and have a chance to have your favorite books or recommended books in one place.
As you can see, I haven't done by best with keeping up with the books that I have read as far as in depth summaries go but I have kept this book as my reminder of books that I have read and the stars that I give them. I have to admit I didn't go into detail about every book and some of the reviews are strictly black and white. But, overall I can come back to my reading journal and know whether I would recommend a book or not. If anything, I always put the stars, genres, authors, etc. I have loved using this journal but want to spend this year using it to the best of my abilities because I want my bookshelf to be full of books that I enjoy. I can also keep up with my emotions that I felt about a book in the future so that I am aware of what books I tend to not like so much.
I think it's important to see the trend of books that I enjoy and the genres that I know I connect to. I am more into 'mood' reading (reading books that I want to read not necessarily going towards the 'new' book) now and thanks to this journal I have noticed what books I tend to find more interesting -- which is why I recommend a reading journal for you. It can bring some insight on what type of reader you are and lessons you took away from a book! You can find this specific journal at Amazon. But, I would let you know in on a secret....you can create your own journal which I will probably do in the future.
QOTD: Would you use a reading journal? And if you wouldn't how would you keep you with your list of books that you have read?
Poetry is one of my favorite genres so when I had the chance to actually speak about a poetry book that I have read quite a few times.... I needed to make a review of it (: The Flowering Woman by Q. Gibson has been on my bookshelf ever since I got it and I decided to reread it and write my personal thoughts on it because when it comes to reviews I always want to refresh my memory and open my mind to new possibilities.
Plot: According to Amazon, The Flowering Woman was written by Q. Gibson and this is her debut collection of poetry and prose written for the woman who has longed to find healing and solace in her journey. Womanhood is a universal connector and surviving it is necessary. The collection unveils through the eyes of the writer some hurt, truth and ultimate healing on the journey to becoming a woman. Each section will encourage women to grow, feel, tend to their battles and recognize that every woman is also fighting a soft battle of her own.
Do not spoil yourself dying to be everything
expects you to be. Sweet thing, this is how you preserve
My thoughts: The Flowering Woman is the flowering woman. I know you're probably like what? Well.. what I mean is that the title speaks for itself. The entire book made the reader understand how women flower into who they are. Blooming into a flower as we get older is the theme that I noticed while reading. I feel like I was able to connect with different points in the book because I am still growing as a woman and it is refreshing for a book to focus on that aspect. The Flowering Woman speaks about how a woman goes through different stages in her life and how we continue to blossom but in a positive way.
Q. Gibson made me realize that we go through issues all the time but that you aren't alone. Honestly, this book was like having your journal entries read out-loud and you were able to connect from an experience in your life. There were many poems that made me realize that we as women go through the same types of issues, such as choosing the wrong path, partner or friend. But, we can look at ourselves as a flowering woman continuing to grow. I am glad that I have this book to look back on as I get older.
QOTD: What is one aspect that you love about yourself?
You can find this book at: http://a.co/8T9r7Ku
The title alone made me want to purchase this book. I have had this book on my wishlist on amazon for a couple of months now and I was finally able to purchase it after putting myself on a ban for buying books until I got through my bookshelf lol. So, I am glad to finally give you guys my intake on this poetry book. I purchased this book from Target but you can get it from Amazon, Walmart and many other book stores. Lets get started on the poetry book called The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace...
Plot: There is no plot in this poetry book but it kinda does have a theme. The theme of this book is self empowerment. Throughout the book, there is many poems that relate to going through so many heavy issues from abuse, addiction, to break ups, then realizing your worth. It has a poem relatable to anyone from teenagers to adults. I was able to relate to many topics throughout the book and Lovelace made sure that she got her point across.
write the story.
into the dirtiest
parts of yourself.
rot & decay
& turn it into
nourishment & life.
& sing to it
& show it
grow a beautiful garden
from your aching
& teach yourself
how to thrive from it.
write your story.
- the sign you've been waiting for. (page 162)
My thoughts on the book: I enjoyed the book a lot and understood why everyone was trying to get their hands on it. The structure of the poems were unique and had different styles to them. For example, some poems would be shaped like hearts or broken down to look like a certain image. I think the author gave us the readers -- her raw self and was able to release some of the issues that went on throughout her life. I didn't realize that the book was about 200 pages because each poem kept me engaged. I would recommend it to anyone because the book touched on many issues that a lot of people have gone through.
QOTD: What is one book you have been reading lately that has made you think deeply about yourself?