The Reading Slump That Will Not Die

41097059I’ve been in one for weeks now.  Weeks and weeks.

I blame Diana Gabaldon.  Echo in the Bone, a book I was very much looking forward to reading for review, became a chore.  A drag.  A book that I dreaded to pick up (and at 10,000 pages, picking it up is not all that easy either) so much that I seem to have lost my joy in reading.  It  got sucked right out of me. (Blythe took pity on me and reviewed the book.  For which I will be eternally grateful.)

Soulless helped.   I was hopeful there for a while.  But a few C reads later and I am back to my bad habit of playing Solitaire and Bookworm on my iPhone and watching Real Housewives of Atlanta.  I do not like playing Solitaire and Bookworm on my iPhone and watching Real Housewives of Atlanta. Night after night.  After night after night.  (Okay, so I really do like Real Housewives of Atlanta.  Not giving that up.)

My usual remedy of reading a beloved favorite doesn’t seem to have done the trick either.  If my attention is wandering when I’m trying to revisit my beloved Phin and Sophie or Derek and Sara can’t perk me up, I’ve got problems.

So, with my win count on Solitaire reaching truly impressive levels not to mention that I’ve now  formed the word “tone” about 7,000 times, I’m getting desperate.

What’s your cure for a reading slump?  And, for extra credit, have you ever experienced one that wa-a-a-a-a-a-y overstayed its welcome?

-Sandy AAR

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60 Responses to The Reading Slump That Will Not Die

  1. Tracy Grant says:

    Sandy, have you read “Freedom & Necessity” by Steven Brust & Emma Bull? It’s a Victorian set novel written in letters. One of my all-time favorite books. The blend of intrigue, adventure, and romance (it has a fabulous love story though it isn’t a genre romance) is somewhat similar to my books, I think. It’s definitely a book that inspired me as a writer.

    I second the recommendation of C.S. Harris’s (Candice Proctor) Sebastian St. Cyr books. Also, I forget, have you read Laurie King’s Mary Russell series?

    Hope you find something that grabs you soon!

  2. AAR Sandy says:

    Thanks again, everybody, for all the suggestions. I’m going to make a choice this weekend from all your wonderful recommendations and hope I get my reading mojo back. Soon!

  3. Vol Fan says:

    Sandy, be sure and let us know what you choose & if it helps! Good Luck!

  4. kaye says:

    I hate slumps! They ruin perfectly good books. Books I have on my TBR list that I have been looking forward to and…ack………they all start to seem the same.

    I have found that the only way out of a slump for me is reading non-fiction.

    Have just finished Jeannette Walls memior “The Glass Castle” and that woke me right up out of my slump. Brutally honest, and couldn’t put it down.

    Also enjoyed Christopher Buckleys book about his parents “Loving Mum & Pup”.

    Just know that there is a really good book out there waiting for you to read it and love it forever!

  5. MADENSKY SQUARE by Eva Ibbotson was magical for me.

    SOULLESS’s author and I share the same agent. How about looking up some other of Kristin Nelson’s clients’ books? Have you tried PERFECT CHEMISTRY, for instance?

  6. RobinB says:

    Sandy, may I send along my belated sympathies? (I would have responded sooner, but I was on a 10-day cruise with limited Internet access. Hey, that’s one way to overcome a reading slump–go on a cruise!) I felt the same way when I FINALLY finished “The Fiery Cross” (another item in the Outlander series that never seemed to end!). At any rate, I did what others have suggested; that is, read something completely different. In my case, it was an old Kat Martin novel (“Heartless”) which contained just about every single cliche known to historical romance. In other words, it was bad, but fun!

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