Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Paperback's Pondering's: When a REALLY Good Book Puts you in a Reading Slump



It feels like FOREVER since I've put up a Paperback's Pondering's and I'm so happy to be back to my normal ranting self! Judging by the title, you're probably wondering what the hell I'm talking about. Usually the story goes that we as bookworms read a really crappy book, and then find ourselves slipping into a reading slump. Well for me, this isn't really the case and instead, the roles seem to be reversed.

I recently read a book, The Truth About Forever by: Jennifer L. Armentrout. This book was STUNNING in every sort of way. I devoured all of it's goodness and I was genuinely sad when I had finished it. So naturally, after I'm done with a book I would immediately add a new book to my currently reading. Well I found myself after reading The Truth About Forever COMPLETELY unmotivated to start anything else. I just didn't think that anything else could top it.

This happens to me every single time I read an amazing book, no joke. I literally slip into a bookish mourning if you will that forbids me from wanting to read anything else. It's partly because I don't think anything else could top it, and also because I'm just on a high from the book that I will just be thinking about it every time I try to pick up a new one.

The funny thing is, I don't really get into reading slumps after reading a crappy book. If anything, I am more motivated to get my mind off of the book and trying something that I hope will be better. It's a total reversal from what any other bookworm might say.

So how do I get out of this reading slump? To be honest, I find it really hard. I normally go about a week of crawling through a new book, skimming the pages without really retaining anything and hoping for the next book to be something better. It's like I need to be with a good book all the time.

I'm not really sure if anything I'm saying makes any sense, but the point of this post, is that I want to see if anyone else feels the same way. Do you get into a slump when you read a really good book, or am I just a weirdo?

Emily @ Paperback Princess

13 comments:

  1. I don't really get slumps - one of the perks of reading approx. 28934y6837468 books at once ;) *hides from the inevitable universe-backlash of me saying 'I don't get slumps' & hopes that I don't get a slump as the universe's revenge* ;)

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    1. Haha I wish I was you in that case then!

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    2. Sh! The universe will hear you! ;)

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  2. I can definitely understand you! However, I feel this way about TV shows instead of books. Everytime I finish a mindblowing TV series, I end up in a slump in which I can't watch anything else. I just want to re-watch the show again and again, because I don't think anything can top it.
    I think there's really no way out of it: the only way is finding someone that is just as good! I think we just have to be patient that we will find another book or series that will capture our attention again!
    I wish you all the luck!

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    1. Haha I get that with tv shows sometimes as well! It happened to me when I finished Gilmore Girls, I was just like UGH, what could top this?! Thanks Lais!

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  3. I feel this so much! I find that I read more bad books, or at least books that I don't care for, so they've kind of become the norm for me. But then, when I stumble across the best of the best I'm like OH MY GOOOOOOD and can't get over it. Everything I read after it will always be a let down, so it's like I have to read something I KNOW I won't like so that I can be like 'see, I was right'. It's a shame that the books that make us love reading even more are the ones that can make reading more difficult.

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    1. Exactly! I get way to overly excited about books that I run and rate everything 5 stars, but then finding a book to top it, just seems impossible, so I just settle.

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  4. I totally agree! Thing is...it seems like every book I read is an awesome one, and I always fall into a bookish slump afterwards, if it's not a series. If it's a series...I'll be binge reading it! xD

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    1. Yeah, it only happens to me with standalones as well! Clearly I need to be reading more series lol!

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  5. You're not a weirdo, or if you're one, I'm one too!!! :D We are practically twins, I ALWAYS go into a slump when I read a particularly amazing book too- not crappy ones. Crappy ones get me motivated to go find another better book usually, LOL. On another note, I'm glad you enjoyed The Truth about Forever. I didn't love it as much I'd have liked to, but it deal with some really important issues- and Rider was amazing!!!
    Great post, Em! Totally relatable.

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    1. Glad to see I'm not alone on this! I loved Rider, he was an absolute sweetheart, I think that's what made me love this book. It was very character-driven.

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  6. Slumps are THE WORST. Thankfully, I don't get them often, but they're seriously SO ANNOYING, because however hard I try I can't get back into reading for WEEKS, at times. Tbh, for me they happen out of the blue - not even when I'm reading sg I disliked or adored... sometimes I just lose motivation to read without anything happening, and just want to do something else.
    Amazing post! :D

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    1. They don't happen to me all thah often either but when they do it's usually in this form. They're so frustrating, aren't they?

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