A period in which all books seem uninteresting. Symptoms include: being unable to finding all books dull or boring, not finding the usual joy in books of ones favourite genre, significant decrease in reading speed, lack of book buying etc.
This is me right now, I’m in a serious reading slump. I would say that this is my first ever real slump, I have previously experienced a day or two where I simply cannot focus on a book because my mind is on other things, but this is something else entirely. I have no reason to be experiencing such problems getting into a book, especially not one that I know is good because I keep catching glimpses of the magic within the pages before my attention wanders and all is lost. It’s almost cruel. I have the week off of work, perfect time to be working through my ever expanding TBR list, but oh no, my brain has other ideas and would rather stare aimlessly at the wall for hours. So stupid!
My PGCE course is fast approaching, just 2 months to go, and I have a reading list as long as my arm that I need to get through before I begin. In my current situation this seems like an impossible task. Why oh why? When I first saw the ‘Recommended Reading’ list I was really excited; it contains work by many of my favourite authors of children’s literature. Authors such as; Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson, David Almond, Roald Dhal, Anne Fine and Philip Pullman. I’m currently battling my way through Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, the first book in the His Dark Materials Trilogy (known as The Golden Compass in America), a book that I have been wanting to read for many a year now. In five days I have managed 100pages! That’s it. Just 100 poxy pages. What is happening to me?!
Even when I am at work I can usually finish a 400page book in 4-5days, when I’m not a work this would drop down to around 3 days, even just a day if I don’t have any other plans. 100 pages in 5 days is practically unheard of for me. I am not liking this at all, I am absolutely desperate to get my reading mojo back. Do any of you fellow bookworms have any suggestions? Have you been experiencing a reading slump too? How did you get out of it?
Please help me!
A broken-hearted bookworm.