It's the end of the school year, and I've been hearing a lot of book bloggers and readers in school talking about the end of the year crush and the reading slumps it's brought. I too have fallen into this, but I'm trying to fight my way out of it! For some context, I read nine books in April and only 3 books in May.
I figured I'd write a little about reading slumps and how to get out of them as I'm hoping to be coming out on the other side of my own!
Below, I'm breaking down different stages of my reading slumps and then setting out the books I'm looking forward to reading this month.
I honestly think that my reading slump started with a book hangover. I'd just finished The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu which I devoured super quickly and loved. It's bright and engage and bold. None of the books I picked up afterwards felt intense enough or real enough for me to fall head over heels into. I proceeded the only way I knew how: To keep reading anything I could think to pick up.
This strategy did keep me reading, albeit, slowly. It got a few books onto my April list, but I started watching TV when I used to be reading. Honestly, I don't think that this is the worst thing. I needed to catch up on all the TV I missed when I was reading all the time. Also, with the stress of the SAT, finishing up my classes, and starting my new job, my brain felt too fried to pick up a book in my limited free time. Breaks are important, even from things you love, and accepting that has allowed me to move on and start fresh with my goals for June.
Way Too Busy
This was the final straw in my fail of a reading month. Once I lost my reading momentum and I stopped making a concerted effort to make time for it like I used to, it was hard to get back on the reading train. Sometimes, you just have to wait it out. Eventually, it'll be easier to incorporate back in or you'll be so ready to read that you'll wedge it into your schedule again. I'm looking forward to a summer full of books!
Books I'm Picking Up Soon!
Red White and Royal Blue- I cannot wait for this royal romance as everyone has been gushing over it for months! Also, I can't wait to read my first true NA book. Maybe the success of this one (it even hit the NYT list!) will help revive the genre in a new way!
Going off Script- I'm fascinated by the behind the scenes of the TV world, so this book about a writer's room intern caught my eye immediately! It sounds a lot like Ship It!
Something Like Gravity- I love Amber Smith's books, and I'm so excited to pick up my ARC of her latest!
This Might Hurt a Bit- This sounds like an interesting exploration of grief, and I can't wait to find out more about it while I read.
Bloom- This will be my first graphic novel, and I've been saving this book as a reward for graduating!
Books To Break Your Slump...
You'd Be Mine: Review Here
Heroine: Review Here
The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig: Review Here
All Our Broken Pieces: Review Here
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