Getting out of a Reading Slump

by Rachel Baker on September 24, 2014

I am in a serious reading slump. I absolutely, positively am not really enjoying too much of reading lately. And, frankly, I don’t think the problem is with what authors have written. Its me, not you.

I have read a whole ton of books the last few weeks:
The Vines by Christopher Rice
The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue
Last Winter We Parted by Fuminori Nakamura
– all these for review via netgalley. While trying to get inspired by these, I also have been periodically reading The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, because I am also working through The Priestess and the Pen by Sonja Sadovsky (also from netgalley).

I cannot review these books yet and I feel completely awful about it; I know that each book was well-written and there is an incredibly strong audience for each of these books when they are published.

But I’m in a slump. And I’m trying really hard to get out of it. Or maybe its not a slump, maybe I’m just in a different place than usual. I read Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu yesterday and very much liked it; not for the writing or even really the story , but because of the value of the book being a gothic novella published in 1871 about a female vampire who seems to be the prototype for all female vamps. I don’t really get the modern vampire thing, but the old gothic vampire stories are sort of cool – because the vampy character was almost always a metaphor for something else.

So, maybe instead of a slump I’m in one of those exploration of reading and genre places. I just don’t know. One of the reasons I wanted to read the Christopher Rice book, The Vines, was because I thought it would be dark ‘enough’ for what I thought I wanted. It wasn’t. It was really good, and there was awesome metaphoric meaning to it, but it wasn’t what I needed enough to be able to write the astounding review it probably deserves.

I ran across this article at bookriot today with 5 Tips For Getting Out of a Long-Term Reading Slump

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