On reading slumps. I posit that they may not be a thing

On reading slumps. I posit that they may not be a thing

12/14/2021, 9:40:35 PM
On reading slumps. I posit that they may not be a thing. Maybe it’s just me? 🤔 Here are all the books that I’ve started and then not gotten past the first couple of pages this month. It’s a lot. For someone who reads quite a lot, I’m really struggling to concentrate and focus. I was asked to review a paper for publication and I can’t even make it through the abstract properly 😅 I don’t think of this as a reading slump. Reading is a hobby. And like most hobbies I go through phases. I’ve stopped crocheting for a while I don’t think that’s a crochet slump. I’ve stopped making bookmarks for a little while, I wouldn’t call that a slump. I don’t have any other hobbies to have taken a break from, but you get my point. Reading is to me is meant to be enjoyable, if you’ve just come out of lockdown in Melbourne then taking the time to be a social butterfly is something you’re allowed to do without feeling guilty. If you’ve gone back into lockdown like parts of Europe and Canada and can’t read that’s also okay because times are scary. And whatever the US is currently doing; also scary, reading may not be a priority. We put so much pressure on ourselves to read. Maybe a slump is people’s way of accepting it or compartmentalising parts of life. If I think about me not reading as a slump I ignore the parts of my life that may be contributing to it, and makes me feel guilt for not being able to read because I literally can’t focus on a sentence. I’m probably in a minority here, I’ve seen the word said over and over. But maybe we should try reframing those thoughts into something that is more positive or less hard on yourself. The definition itself yes fits entirely. But it also has negative connotations, for me I never want to associate reading with negativity. Anywho, I’ll get off my soapbox now with my probably very unpopular opinion 🙊😅

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