‘Just one more chapter’ says my favourite mug, well I wish that would be true right now. It’s more like the opposite though. It almost seems like I don’t know how to read anymore. I’ve been in a reading slump for ages now, literally months, and I had the hope that the new year, new goals feeling would get me out. But it hasn’t happened, and to be honest I am at a dead end.
My reading slump started quite early on last year, I think in April. Ever since then I hardly read any books. And I just don’t understand why, and I don’t understand why it takes so bloody long. In April I read no books, in May I just read one, and the rest of the months of the year it varied from zero to 2. Not counting August, when I participated in my own readathon (the OhMyBookathon) and read four. That was also the moment I thought the reading slump was finally gone. That turned out to be nothing but a dream since I read nothing in September.
I feel like the whole of 2017, except for the first three months, has been one big reading slump. And I absolutely hate it! I love reading, I really do, so why can’t I just read? What’s wrong with me? I think the biggest problem is actually picking up a book. When I’m invested in a story and I like the book, it’s fine. But from opening the book till about 100 pages it just doesn’t work. This week I really wanted to read, I decided I wanted to start 2018 with Renegades by Marissa Meyer. It’s been lying on my bedside table all week. I even had two or three nights were I went to bed, put on my reading light, grabbed the book and then ended up just not opening it and doing other stuff. WHY?!
*Update… I started this blogpost a couple of days ago. But now there seems to be some kind of development. Yesterday night I actually picked up a book and I read some more this morning. HALLELUJAH. Hopefully, this isn’t false hope again, but the real deal. Hopefully, this means I can finally leave this big ass reading slump behind me. By the way, I started reading Renegades, the Dutch version called Alter Ego actually, and so far I really like it. But I’m only 60 pages is, so we’ll see how it goes.