Personal | Reading Slumps & Other Horrible Things

Hi everybody! I hope all of you are having a wonderful weekend, full of autumn-y feels, great books and happiness in general. I’ve been wanting to do a blog post for the last few days to explain why I haven’t been writing reviews too much lately. There are several reasons for this unfortunate situation:

~ 1. I’m in a horrible, horrible reading slump.

I have never been in a slump this bad. I think the last four-star novel I read was An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir back in July! I haven’t yet read anything new that can be rated four stars or above since then, and that’s horrible. At first, I was steadily making through a bunch of books, even though I was giving them low ratings (mostly three stars or two stars), but eventually (specifically after reading Queen of Shadows) I just stopped reading.

I’ve picked up quite a few books since then. I started re-reading the first Harry Potter book, and I finished it and I loved it, but I still didn’t feel the urge to pick up anything else. And here’s when it gets terrifying! I couldn’t even make my way through the second Harry Potter book! Then, I tried picking up The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, and I’ve read a whopping total of 60 pages over the course of a week. *le sigh* And I even picked up something light and entertaining, namely Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins, just to kickstart my reading, even if I don’t particularly enjoy it. I’d like to think it’s working, but I’m not really sure.

I have so many books I want to read on my shelf, not to mention there’s a library near my residence hall stocked with brilliant books. But I just can’t find the will to read. Well, that and the crappy amount of time I have, which brings me to…

~ 2. College.

The first year of college was a-okay for me. I was getting reading done brilliantly, making my way through 9-12 books a month. And I thought I could do the same thing this year, but it’s been crazy for me so far. I have assignments, quizzes and readings due every single day. I have classes that span the entire day- from 8 am to 6 pm, and then I go straight to the gym, and I don’t have time for anything else except homework when I get back. I try to get in a post right before I go to bed, or in between classes, but reading is just a big NO for me right now. It sucks because I carry a book with me at all times, in case I get the time to read, but it’s just not happening!

So, I’m really sorry that I haven’t been posting as much. Blogging has rarely been a source of stress for me- I have always enjoyed it, and I firmly believe that it should only be done IF you enjoy it. But it really sucks that you can’t get the time to do the things you enjoy because you’re so bogged down with everything else. And I know that this is just the start of it- next week, I’m going to be starting my job at an elementary school, and that’s going to take up another huge chunk of my time. I just hope I’ll be able to get back to reading again before I lose my mind.

With that, I would ask you wonderful people to maybe suggest some books that have gotten you out of reading slumps in the past? Maybe tell me other things that help you with reading slumps or time management? I’d love some advice- it is, truly, much needed at the moment.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and as always, happy reading! x



  1. College totally kills reading for pleasure. I’m just starting to read a ton again now that I’m out! I remember every time I picked up a book for fun I’d feel bad like I should be reading textbooks. *le shame* is real! But you’ve got it, you sound determined 🙂

    • That’s exactly how I feel! To the T! It sucks because last year, I was killing everything and this year, it’s all downhill. Oh well, I hope I’ll get out of it soon! x

  2. That’s the worst! I completely understand, I’ve been in an on-off slump lately, a couple books that have helped me get going again are Entwined (not sure who by but it’s a retelling of the 12 dancing princesses) and Maximum Ride by James Patterson. Good luck!

  3. I’m the same, I don’t have much to review lately because I keep putting books down. In the beginning of June I read five books in one week, a personal record for me, but now I can’t even read one in one week. Ugh. Hopefully Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda will be enough to get me back into it, because it’s a lot of fun this far.

    • That’s terrible! 🙁 I’ve heard great things about Simon, so I hope you love it. I’d love to see a review once you’re done, since I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy! x

  4. Slumps are inevitable. In my experience taking a break can sometimes be a good thing because once you get the urge to read again, you’ll come back full force. Don’t sweat it and don’t force it!

  5. Oh sweetie 😭 I know how it feels! Slumps are the freaking worst. If it’s really becoming so hard to read that a light contemporary won’t help you climb back out I think the best thing is to do is focus more on the thing that is causing you the most stress, sort that out first and make sure it’s as less stressful as possible and you may find that you’ll open up a book and actually feel excited!
    Good luck Aimal! ❤❤❤

    • Yes, I feel like that’s the ONLY way to go at this point. I might have to stop reading for a while and start focusing on getting my life routine back on track. Thank you so much for the wonderful advice, Josie. <3

  6. Aw, reading slumps are the worst. I understand, it’s hard sometimes to balance between life and everything you need to do with college, and your blogging life, too. I started uni again, and I will find myself in the same situation as you, I think. What I try to do, is plan some posts when I feel like it and when I get time, on weekends mostly. No one should force themselves to read books, and I find that, what works for me, is reading a bunch of quotes, going on Goodreads to read about new books, or going on blogs and reading some reviews on books. Picking up a book I love can help, too. 🙂 I hope this helps a little bit, and good luck! 🙂 <3

    • Thanks so much for the wonderful advice! I find that whenever I’m slowing down in reading, BookTube always helps. But for some stupid reason, that’s not helping this time either. -.- But I’ll have to go around Goodreads to see if anything else catches my attention! 🙂 x

  7. Reading slumps are awful. I was in one last April/May time when I finished Ready Player One and began Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Although given I was on holiday and I had exams and two big show and a singing exam to practise for… I read the Darren Shan sage/series and it got me out really quickly. It’s a little childish but fast paced and each book is quite short. I have a review of it on my profile (cough-darrenshanapprovedifimightadd-cough) if you’re interested? 🙂

  8. Really, the main thing that I’ve noticed works for me is to make it a routine. Wake up 15 minutes early and read in bed before you have to get up maybe? I know how hard it is to do but getting up at the same time every morning (weekends included) can also be really helpful.

    As a whole, I empathize with you completely. I am in a similar position and balancing everything is just so difficult.

  9. Reading slumps are never fun and I agree with your idea of picking up a light, fun read to help you get out of it. Reading mixed with a demanding school schedule is rough as well, so hopefully you’ll find a good balance and break your slump. Best of luck in both regards!

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