Reading slumps seem to be a real problem this year. Between COVID, lock downs, protests, and a seemingly never ending presidential election, this year has been stressful. I know it negatively affected my reading. However, I have found a few things that helped!
- Rereading: I began to listen to some of my favorite books from years ago. This didn’t require ALL my attention since I already knew the story. I also didn’t have any anxiety since I knew how the story would play out. Anxiety is a huge issue for me, so knowing in advance I would enjoy the story seemed hugely helpful. Listening during my commutes and on weekends while I did chores was calming and something I looked forward to. If audio isn’t your thing, try rereading a favorite to break a slump or simply to find comfort in a well known tale.
- Novellas: There is something good about finishing a book in 1 sitting and novellas are perfect for this. Sometimes, I grab novellas set in my favorite series (Nalini Singh’s Psy Changeling world has lots). Other times I just snag a story that sounds good and is on kindle unlimited. Either way, it feels good to know I will have read an entire book in a hour.