Recently I have not been loving what I have been reading. I don’t think it is a full on reading slump, but more a reading ho-hum feeling. I have still been reading, but not feeling excited about the books I am reading. Part of this has to do with the fact that I read some fantastic books last year. I think January was an excellent month, for me, last year. For awhile there I felt like I was throwing four and five-star ratings like someone throws beads at Mardi Gras.
Here is how I plan on getting back into the swing of things.
I am reading something I love. Currently I am re-reading The Hunger Games. I don’t normally re-read books. I always feel like I don’t have the time. However, I need something that know I love. So far it hasn’t totally jump started that love, but I am enjoying being back in that world.
I am planning a trip to the bookstore. I am not a person who buys books often. In fact, I haven’t bought books in a long time. I have been using the library a lot, and staying away from the bookstore. It has helped me continue to pay down debt. This will be one exception to my book buying halt I have going on. I want to be able to just browse and grab something that sounds so great to read. Plus, the library where I live is ok, but doesn’t have a bunch of things I have been wanting to read. Nothing gets you jazzed about reading like a bright, shiny new book.
I am going to be reading a few different kinds of books at the same time. I normally don’t read a bunch of books at once. However, I need to hit on that book that I can really get into. I don’t want to start a book and get stalled. Then have nothing else to turn to.
The last thing I am doing is taking a break when I need it. I am reading both books really slow. If I don’t feel like reading, I am not going to force myself. I have been in the mood to watch T.V., or talk to friends, or do something else. If I force myself to read every night, I am only going to loathe whatever I am reading. No matter how great the book is!
What do you do to get back into reading? How do you find the next book that will jump start your love for books?