The words all mix together like
A lumpy soup, luke warm and sad
They don’t excite the way they should.
The pages turn so slowly with
A painful wait between the chapters
Not sure these words are understood.
I’m in a dreaded reading slump at the moment. I have two books on the go and I’m not enjoying either of them and it is one of the worst feelings that a reader can possibly suffer.
Diving into a book gives me release from a world that is sometimes not very nice, so when I’m stuck in a bad book I feel like a door has been closed to that other world. I am quite literally locked out of the place that will make me feel better.
There is the argument that I could just put the book down and start something new, but I fall into the camp that hates giving up on a book. I do occasionally DNF a book, but it hurts my soul to do that and I would rather soldier on miserably.
I am into the last 30 pages of one of the books so I am almost there and I can’t wait to get to start another. It feels like the final few miles of an ultra marathon; not very pleasant at the moment, but it will feel worth it when I post my star rating on Goodreads.
And then there’s the fact that the quality of a book is so subjective. I’m slaving away through this novel while others are lapping it up and loving every word. I wish I could like everything, but alas, being human involves having likes and dislikes and going through little dips where reading feels like a chore.
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I don’t like giving up on a book, either, Rachel. But sometimes, that’s how it is. Life is too short, and there are too many excellent books out there to spend a lot of time on a book that doesn’t draw you in. Would you keep trying on a shirt or pair of trousers that didn’t fit you the first time you tried them on?
I know. I wish that writers would slow down because I do genuinely worry about running out of time!
Rachel would recommend listening to last 30 pages on audible while you do other things… that way you’ve finished it but also got a job done…
That’s a good shout. At least I don’t feel like I’m wasting any of time.
I know how you feel. I don’t like giving up on books either, but finishing bad ones can be a real chore. It’s some satisfaction to leave bad reviews on Goodreads though.
Hahaha, yes but then I feel like I’m being rude to the writer. I wonder if they read the reviews and then cry into a bottle of vodka. I’m not sure I can face being responsible for that 🙂
I can sympathise. I never used to give up on books. And I don’t think those *hard to get into books* are badly written; they just don’t resonate with us. Another person might love them to bit. I no longer persevere. Life is too short, and we don’t know when it might end. So why persist with something UN-enjoyable. That’s my philosophy, anyway