Personally, reading slumps happen to me when I start reading a book that doesn’t engross me completely, and I put off reading it because I dislike being bored. So, I end up not reading at all.
I started reading Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald in July, and although the writing is beautiful and the storyline itself is interesting (time traveling, romance, history—seriously, what’s not to like?), I have not read past the first few chapters. And since I also dislike not finishing a book (I feel as if I’ve somehow failed—ridiculous, I know), this reading slump attitude becomes a recurring cycle, which hinders my reading. Send help!
I’m also one of those people who will not read more than one book at a time. I had to do it in college, and in graduate school, and I find that focusing my energy and time on one story alone allows me to enjoy it more deeply. But I’m starting to think maybe I should give reading multiple books at a time a try. Should I?
Anyway, I don’t really have an answer as to how to overcome a reading slump, but some things that have worked for me in the past are:
1). Put the book aside and read a short story
2). Pick up a short book from a different genre
3). Push through the boredom of the book (most of the time, this one never works)
How do you overcome a reading slump? Do you mind not finishing a book you’re not enjoying? Do you read multiple books at a time?