Friday, January 13, 2006


Well, it happened. You never know when one is coming and you don't know what to do when it does. We've all experienced one. We hate when it happens but many times don't know what do when it does.

I am talking

The dreaded SLUMP

I'm in one and it's not pretty. One book I've read so far this year! One! And it's the 13th day. Normally I would have finished at least four by now. I've tried a number of different kinds and genres but nothing seems "right". I hate when this happens.


'til later


Tara Marie said...

Don't you just hate that. I've been on a forced binge. I'm making myself read even when I'm not in the mood, but I'm wondering if it's making me a little nit picky.

My suggestion--reread something you love or several somethings you love.

romancelover said...

I haven't experienced the slump this year YET, but I am reading one of the most frustrating books right now. I'm tempted to fling it across the room and then do a victory dance around it.
I suffered from this slump last year and someone suggested reading a book from a different time period (I am obsessed with regency and victorian period and that's pretty much all I read). I also blamed Avon for the slump; a lot of their stinky books gave me the runs!

Good luck...oh, and def try Austen's PERSUASION (glad I turned you on to'll love it). It will get you out of the rut. It's such a good book and I blame on rereading it, too!!!

- Daniela

Karen Scott said...

Well, I'm in the throes of JD Robb's In-Death books, and I'm not bored yet, but I know how horrid being in a reading slump is!

Kristie (J) said...

Tara: I finally picked up and have sort of settled on Crazy Hot - "but I want to read something new" she whined. I have such a huge TBR pile and this isn't helping shrink it.

romancelover: I think it's going to end up being rereads of old loved books until this damn thing goes away

Karen: I hope you share more of the joy of discovering how wicked Eve, Roarke and the rest of the gang are. They've worked on getting me out a slump before.

ReneeW said...

I was in a bit of a mini-slump during the holidays. I only read one book between Christmas and New Year. Get something out of your TBR that you've been holding back (like the last book of a favorite author) or pick out a favorite from your keeper shelf.

CindyS said...

Kristie, with all that you are going through right now, reading may not be what your mind wants. You probably have your brain running a hundred different ways which means reading is too hard.

I hate slumps and have had my fair share. Having anxiety makes it so that when I am trying to read a book, all I can think about are all the things I need to get done.

So, try and not stress about NOT reading. Just let it happen or not. I was in a one year slump (I read 14 books in the year) when I forced myself to start finishing books I picked up. That way, I knew my wandering mind wasn't keeping me from reading. Knowing I couldn't move on until a book was read kept me from spazzing about the books I couldn't get to.

Take it easy.

CindyS - JR Ward's book will be out soon, right?

Jay said...

Boo, slumps are sucky. I agree with Renee - when in a slump I go to one of the (many) books I've been holding on to and anticipate enjoying.

Bookwormom said...

I struggled with burnout for much of last year, so I sympathize. I got many ideas on how to break out: reread your keepers, try a new genre for a while, give up completely, etc. In the end I pretty much floated along & read whatever took my fancy.

I'm sure you won't struggle as long as I did, so chin up!

Bookwormom said...

Back again Kristie-

I was hunting through your archives & came across the entry about pablum (from October 18th , I think). My grandmother used pablum to describe baby cereal, all of my aunts use that word, but only a few of my cousins. I've never heard anyone else say it.

My grandmother grew up in NJ in the twenties & thirties & spent her adulthood in Europe, so I assumed she brought 'pablum' back to the US from Europe. Maybe not.

Very cool entry! I learned something new tonight. I hope you & Ron are ok. You're both in my prayers.

Nicole said...

I'd definitely reread an old favorite. That usually helps me.

Kristie (J) said...

Cindy; there are a couple that SAY they are coming out in January but AREN'T coming out til February that I think will jump start me again - it it doesn't happen before that (the nexy Crazy book & Fles & Stone) And you're right I need to not stress about not reading :)

Jay; they are a bummer, that's for sure.

Amanda; I'm tickled that I can educate as well as entertain

Nicole; I'm rereading the Crazy books. I'm liking them but I'm still sluggish.

Reese said...

I can recommend Wendy Wax's "Hostile Makeover" as a slump ender. It's genuinely funny from start to finish.

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