I recently found myself in a reading slump. A reading slump is a term I learned back in my days of being a semi-successful book blog owner, and its when you just stop reading because the book you're currently reading is terrible.
For my senior year I took a literature class so I was pretty much reading almost every day for school, which kind of sucks because everyone knows that being forced to read is pretty much the worst, and while most of the books were pretty interesting, some of them left a lot to be desired. (The Sun Also Rises and Pride and Prejudice I'm looking at you.) To make matters worse, I literally spent the whole school year trying to read Tropic of Cancer which I wrote multiple blog posts on. Spoiler, it was pretty awful and is totally to blame for my book slump.
The book wasn't very long, but it was pretty dense, and painfully boring, but a few years ago I vowed to always finish every book I start. This past week I realized thinking that way is stupid if you ever want to finish any books.
Sometimes books suck. Not because they're stupid or unimportant to the world and the literary community, but because maybe you're not clicking with the author's style, or the pacing of the novel, or you despise all the characters to the point where you can't even appreciate them, you just hate them. And its okay to leave a book because its just not working out, because as a reader, being in a book slump is pretty much the worst thing ever. I went from reading 20 books in a year to 6, and I blame Tropic of Cancer, and every other boring book I forced myself to read and ended up taking 3 months to get through 200 pages.
So for anyone and everyone looking for a good book recommendation to kick start their summer, I recommend reading your very favorite book. I have all of mine lined up on a neat little shelf so that if I ever don't know where to start, they're all laid out nice and simply for me. Return to the book that made you happy, that made you feel something, that made you fall in love with reading. Because if you read what you love, you'll never be disappointed, and its 99% guaranteed to pull you out of any reading slump or mild depression you may be feeling.
For me, go to books are See You at Harry's, Eleanor and Park, Why We Broke Up, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and the Flower Power series by Lauren Myracle. They're all on my shelf and they're funny and sad and romantic and thought provoking and I love them.
What's on your go-to book list? I'd love to know since as you're all now aware, I'm recovering from a reading slump and need more stuff to read. Also take the survey on the home page. That's all.
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