How to Get Through a Reading Slump

We’ve all been there, you have a pile of books to read but for some reason you just can’t get through a book. It happened to me last week. I read a book that I had been anticipating, and it did not live up to that anticipation. In fact, I ended up just not liking it. Then the next book I picked up, I just couldn’t seem to get into. Not that it wasn’t good, but obviously it wasn’t for me personally.

Recently, I have been giving myself permission to not finish a book. This was something I never used to do. I would hate read that book until it was completed, and I could put it out of my sight. With the extended quarantine however, I have come to the realization of “why am I putting myself through that?” My time is important to me, I should fill it with books I’m actually enjoying.

The best course of action for me when I hit a reading slump is:

  1. Take a few days off. Seriously, just take a break from reading. I know you love to read, but your brain needs a break. I know far off places, daring sword fights, magic spells, and princes in disguise are very exciting, but they can also be overstimulating. So your brain needs a day off.
  2. Pick up a good romance or a book you just absolutely love. I normally pick up a great romance novel. Romance novels are always quick reads for me because I very easily get swept up in them. It clears away any issue I had been having, and in a couple of days I have the sense of accomplishment from finishing a book.

Just like that your are out of your reading slump. That’s what normally does the trick for me. The romance novel gets me out of whatever funk I was in, and then I’m able to pick up a brand new book no problem.

Let me know if this trick helps you out of a reading slump! Don’t forget to check out my instagram @kerryreadsthings

Review: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Miryem is from a family of moneylenders, but her father is a sympathetic man who will take any excuse when people cannot pay him. It has brought his family to the brink of poverty. Miryem decides to take matters into her own hands, she sets out into the village to claim what is owed to her family. She gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold.

When an ill-timed boast is overheard in the forest by the king of the Staryk, a magical race of creatures who seem more ice than human, she attracts his attention. She will forever alter the lives in two kingdoms. Miryem is given a seemingly impossible task, and her life becomes intertwined with a local peasant girl and the daughter of a local lord.

REVIEW

The was my first Naomi Novik novel and I wasn’t disappointed. I really enjoyed the blending of myths and fairy tales to create this stand alone adventure. Miryem is an interesting heroine, at times she is gold hungry and over confident which is what gets her into trouble, but her actions do feel justified and her arguments are valid. Our three heroines are all from different stations in life, and each have much different experiences with magic.

I do wish the book had been completely from these three viewpoints. Once she began to add in additional viewpoints I lost interest at times, and struggled to get through those chapters. There is always the risk taken when doing a story from multiple viewpoints. It just frustrated me, because I was flying through this book until the additional viewpoints were added about halfway through and then it really slowed me down.

Overall, I enjoyed Spinning Silver. It is a well written, well-paced fantasy novel. It makes me excited to check out other adventures written by Naomi Novik.

RATING: 8/10

Review: From Blood & Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Maiden is chosen at birth, they must live a life of solitude, never to be touched, can’t be looked upon, and never to be spoken to. An entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, yet she isn’t quite sure what she wants. Right now she would like to be able to enjoy life, and fight back against the evil that took her parents life.

Then she meets Hawke, a gorgeous guard who becomes honor bound to ensure her safety until the day of her Ascension. They have an instant connection, and he makes her feel things she shouldn’t feel as the Maiden. As this test of her faith is happening, Poppy also finds herself caught in the middle of a fallen kingdom trying to rise again.

REVIEW

I knew nothing about this book, but kept getting it recommended to me because of how much I like Sarah J. Maas’ books. I ended up completely loving From Blood and Ash, and finished it in 24 hours. (It also helped that my area got hit by a tropical storm, so I had lost power and I had no other distractions.) Poppy and Hawke have such great chemistry, and I love the world that Jennifer L. Armentrout built in this novel. I also enjoyed the slow trickle of information, you find out things as Poppy does. Poppy has a lot in common with many young adult fantasy heroines, but I really enjoyed the exploration of her sexuality. That often isn’t seen or maybe done off-screen in other novels, but fully explored in From Blood and Ash. I did figure out the one major twist beforehand, but it didn’t hinder the book for me at all.

I recommend this book if you love fantasy and romance. It definitely checks off both those boxes. I can’t wait for the sequel which comes out September 1st!

RATING: 9/10

This is just the beginning…

Hi! Welcome to my new adventure! Reading has something that has always been an important part of my life. The love affair began when Harry Potter entered my life. I immediately got sucked into the wizarding world. I attended midnight release parties for each new book, and would devour the new book until it was finished. It connected my Dad and I, who had also always loved to read. He opened my world to Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit (his favorite series).

Reading has always been the one constant in my life. I have bounced around to different jobs and different states, but books have always been there. In the lonely times and even the fun times I can always curl up with a good book. I love to also talk about books. Unfortunately, just because I bug my friends to read this amazing book I just finished they don’t really listen to me. 

So I thought why not make a space to explore all my feelings for the books I am reading. I’m here expressing my thoughts and feelings about the book or series I’ve finished. Everyone’s tastes are different. You might hate something that I love, nothing wrong with that, so just think of this as a helpful guide.  

Let’s have fun and let’s talk about books!