The last year or so has been one of my worst reading slumps ever. There are lots of reasons for this, and after going back and forth with myself, I’ve decided not to put them all out there on my public blog. I’m still reading more than most people I know, but ultimately, breaking this slump is up to me. So, here’s how I’m dealing with it:
- I’m setting a measurable goal. Reading a certain number of books in a year is one of those goals that I throw in to make sure I actually achieve some of my New Year resolutions. It’s never been something I actually took seriously, but this year, it is. I’m going to read 100 books, or about 8 books a month, this year. I miss reading and deciding to make it important in 2016 is the first step toward stopping my slump.
- Stephanie Plum. Last week, I read Finger Lickin’ Sixteen by Janet Evanovich. The books have huge font, are super easy reads, and are enjoyable. I usually finish these books in one sitting, or two days even if I’m super busy. The get me into the habit of sitting down with a book, which is pretty important when I’m trying to break out of my slump.
- Audiobooks. Audiobooks are a huge help if I’m feeling restless. I can get through my TBR while taking a walk, knitting, coloring (yes, sorry, I’m into adult coloring), playing video games, cleaning, showering, or driving. I constantly feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, and audiobooks help me maximize the time I have.
- Setting a timer. For me, when I’m in a reading slump as bad as I’ve been in, just the act of sitting down and concentrating can be difficult. There are a million things pulling at my attention. It doesn’t take me long to get into the habit of reading again, but in the beginning, I have to set a timer and train myself in the art of stillness.
What else can I try to help me start my 2016 reading goal off strong?