I've recently found myself in a terrible reading slump. I didn't finish 1 single book for an entire month!! The thing is, I really really wanted to be reading... I just couldn't get myself to actually do it. But let me tell you, throughout this month I've definitely learned some things about myself as a reader:
Why I Was Wrong:I thought that when Winter by Marissa Meyer came out, it would be the magic I've been needing to pull me out of this. I read about 100 pages of it, and it just WASN'T. And that was so disappointing. I'm not trying to be overly dramatic, but I was really sad about this book NOT making me want to read. And it's totally not the book's fault! Right now I'm in this space where I need to be completely engulfed in a story... and with Winter, I already know the story. I'm just reading Winter to find out the conclusion to the story. Basically what I'm saying is I think Fairest would have pulled me out better than Winter did because in Fairest we're learning about a character's backstory, we're learning about how the world of Luna works. In Winter, I already know how the world works. I already know what needs to happen. I'm just reading to see it finally happen. But that's not working for my reading slump.
My Attention Span Right Now:While I love books of all types (ones that start off slow, ones that build into something, etc.), right now what I want to read is something that catches me from page 1. So this is what I did: I read the first 3 pages of every book I've bought/been gifted throughout the last year and none hooked me. That's right... I spent a good hour or so reading the beginning of every book on my unread bookshelf. Then I read 1 page of The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu, and I finished the book in a single day. Like I said, I previously had not finished a book for a full month. I have 4 half or less read books sitting on my nightstand that I really want to read. I don't dislike the books. The stories are good, the writing is good. But what I need right now is a character with a strong voice that feels like they are speaking directly to me. I need to read that 1st page and feel like I want to KNOW. That's what Alice did for me and I need to find that again soon because...
This Not Reading Thing Sucks:I feel like I'm failing at the one thing I'm supposed to be good at. Also, I know it sounds kind of silly for me to say that I'm "good" at reading... but reading is my thing. Without being a reader, I'm having a hard time finding my identity. Basically, I feel lost and unfulfilled. People keep asking me what I'm reading and I'm having a hard time figuring out what I should say??? I mean, I want to say I'm reading Winter so that I can recommend that amazing series. Because The Lunar Chronicles series IS amazing. I just don't feel like reading it right now :(
After Alice:I have read 1 book after I finished Alice. I'm not sure if I'm out of the slump or not. I was REALLY into Alice... like, could not put it down. But then I read another book after it, and although I finished it, I wasn't racing through it. I'm not sure what to read next. I'm feeling really up in the air about it. I guess my good old Book Anxiety might be back.
So what about you?? Have you ever been in a reading slump? Do you have any thoughts of how to get out of it?? And once you're out of it, how do you choose books to make sure you don't get back in? Can you recommend me any books that hooked you from page 1?