I have a confession to make: I haven’t read a book in almost three weeks.
Or, more precisely, I haven’t finished a book in three weeks. I have read two chapters of each The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov and Jane Austen’s Persuasion. But it was like pulling teeth. Don’t get me wrong, I actually really liked what I’ve read so far. I just have no appetite for reading at the moment.
Reading slumps happen to the best of us. For me, this one is particularly long and frustrating. Probably more so because I’m in grad school right now, and kind of have to read so I don’t fail. But it’s like I have writer’s block, but for reading. I have reader’s block.
Last week, I decided to come out of it by reading one of my all-time favorites: Harry Potter. I’ve been thinking it’s time to re-read the series, and figured it might get me back into a reading rhythm. I read one page before I put it down. Which was pretty depressing, to be honest. I love the Harry Potter books so much that I’ve not only read them all at least twelve times, I’ve been known to finish all seven of them in three days (it is possible if you only stop to get food, sleep, and go to the bathroom).
I have yet to find a cure for reader’s block. I am surrounded by books (hell, I’ve acquired about twenty new books in the last few weeks – I found a dollar bookstore), but just thinking about them seems like work right now. Instead, I’ve been re-watching some awesome movies – The Imitation Game, The Young Victoria, The Theory of Everything, Northanger Abbey, The King’s Speech, and, of course Jurassic Park (because I am eagerly awaiting the fourth installment).
Hopefully I’ll get back into reading sooner rather than later, but for now, I’m just riding it out.
If you have any tips for how to deal with a reading slump, share them in the comments!