Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Reading slumps

     I want to discuss a matter that receives somewhat serious attention. Reading Slumps. Their name may seem unimportant, and not daunting at all, but that is not the case. For years, nay, centuries, thousands upon thousands of readers have suffered from one. Perhaps, many suffer from a chronic reading slump, causing them to never believe themselves as readers. Maybe that is the problem that plagues many around us, but that is beside the point. What I really want to discuss is what a book slump entails, how one gets into it, and how one can escape this dreaded thing.
     To understand how to get out of a reading slump, we must first understand what it is. A reading slump to a reader is probably the equivalent to a singer getting strep throat. They stop the person from doing what they love to do. Sometimes, readers can even think they are falling out of love with the written word. Reading slumps are when a reader stops reading, which can be sue to many factors.
     The first factor is reading material. I know that I sometimes end up in a slump whilst reading excruciatingly boring pieces (like history textbooks, science textbooks, just textbooks in general). Another is laziness. Sometimes, you just cannot be bothered to run your eyes across a page to create images in your head, and would much rather the images there for you already manufactured (T.V. or Movies). Some people even read such an amazing book, that everything they try to read pales in comparison. There are just as many ways to get onto a slump, as to get out of one.
   Reread an ultimate favorite novel. Nothing like reliving the beauty of a loved book. Read a new book from a favorite author. The writing style is to be trusted already! Read a level lower (If you are reading manly Young Adult, read middle grade; and so on), or read a different genre altogether (If you read mainly romance, try a thriller; and so on). There are so many things to do.
   Finally, maybe it's time for a break. Maybe your eyes are to weak to be dragged across a page (audio books to the rescue!). Absence makes the heart grow fonder, so maybe sitting down and watching some good old television for a while is the thing to do! Remember, don't rush yourself to read book after book. Books are amazing, but don't feel pressured in any way. They are here for entertainment, a break from the stress of life; not a cause of it!
   As always, stay classy my friends!