How to NOT Get In a Reading Slump
If you're a mood reader, then you are not new to the reading slump. You basically dread it. Sometimes you don't even know you are in one until the month ends and Goodreads says you are hella behind on your reading challenge. Sometimes slumps are a necessary evil, you just have too much on your plate and reading has to get sacrificed. Shit happens. Slumps happen for all different reasons and a slump for me may not be a slump for you.
BUT I am proud to say I am not in a reading slump. It is April 15th and I have currently finished 12 books this month. WHAT?!? For a good month 12 is usually the amount of books that I read. This is the half way point for the month and I have already hit my monthly goal. This is mind boggling for me. Somehow I am still 2 books behind on my lofty reading challenge of 150 books.
I looked over all of what I have read this month and realized that there seems to be a method to this madness. Here are my helpful tips: for maximizing your reading, reading challenge, and staying out of the dreaded reading slump.
1. Count Anything and Everything on Goodreads
I tally my reading for the month/year by using Goodreads. Ain't nobody got time to handwrite this or make a spreadsheet, but man I wish I did. Goodreads counts a lot of unexpected this as books for your Goodreads challenge. Always add any reading that you are doing for school. Reading a short story? Check to see if it is on there as a singular entity. Reading an anthology or collection of novellas? See if you can count them individually to bring that total up. Did you read a chapter sampler or sneak peek of a book you are dying for? Publishers put them on Goodreads as well. This may feel like cheating, but when you see that total increase it will motivate you to read more.
VARIETY: ALL OF THE VARIOUS READING MATERIALS!!!
2. Genre Burnout
As a mood reader, I tend to binge read a genre for awhile and then it starts to aggravate me. I then stop reading for a bit because I can't get into another genre. This is what I like to call Genre Burnout. I begin to hate books that I normally would enjoy because I have read too many similar books in a row. For example, this month I consumed four contemporary books in a row (they were of different age ranges) so now I just picked up a paranormal books as to not deal with my eventual contemporary burnout. It was also really exciting to get back to another genre.
3. Read Books of Different Lengths
This month I read books that were around 300-400 pages and then shorter books around 100-200 pages. I haven't picked up any giant books over 500 pages, which would definitely have brought down my total number read. I like mixing it up between full length novels and novellas because then it feels like I am flying through books at a much faster speed. It also gives you more of a variety in the pacing of the book.
4. Switch Up Your Reading Formats
I will take a book anyway I can get it, be it audio, electronically, or in print. Different formats lend for different points throughout my day. Audiobooks are great for when I am getting ready. I don't have to worry abut poking my self in the eye with my mascara wand or messing up my eyeshadow whilst listening to an audiobook. I have trying reading and curling my hair, let's just say it didn't work out so well. I am constantly putting my earbuds in and listening to music when I walk from the bus or to class. Why not listen to an audiobook instead? I personally don't drive, but if I did you would expect an audiobook to be playing the car. The same goes for e-books. I read e-books on my phone, my ipad, and my computer. Seriously, I have zero prejudice on how I consume a book. You always have you phone on you and an e-reader app does not need the internet for you to read. It is great for random times when you are waiting for someone, in an elevator, those awkward social anxiety moments, and my favorite the short subway ride. That instagram account of hotguysreading print books on the train is great and all, but do you realize how difficult it can be to pull out a print book from your bag and try to hold it on the train. I applaud those guys, but I'm a be reading on phone. I tend to be in the middle of an e-book and print book at all times.
5. Read Multiple Books at Once
I know some people just can't do this, but I say try it. I tend to do this by having both an e-book and a physical book that I am reading at once. But it is great because you aren't giving your self that commitment to one book. If one story begins to get really good the you finish that one. When you are done you have a book that you have already started so you don't have to deal with that weird time span of trying to pick a new book up. It just starts a cycle that I think works really well.
6. Deviate From Your TBR
I make piles of books around my room that I plan to read for the month. They are usually too many books than I can actually finish in a month. I tend to never stick to the TBR, but I will read which ever books from it calls my name. This month I have read four books from my TBR, currently reading the fifth. In between all of these TBR books I picked up random books on a whim that sounded really good. This let my mood reader side takeover for some of the month, but I also was able to read several of the books I knew I had to.
Are you a mood reader? Do you live in fear of the dreaded reading slump? Do you already use any of my strategies? Do you think my tips will be helpful?