Is there such thing as a reading-new-thing slump? (Discussion!)

Recently, I have been finding it a little hard to focus on new books, books I haven’t read before. Even books that I’ve been dying to read, I find that a few pages in I’ve turned back to Warehouse 13, Doctor Who reruns, Emma ect. I just assumed that I was in a bit of a reading slump and started trying to come up with things to fill my blog schedule.

I have read one book since I came back from my holiday – that was two and a half weeks ago. I have read one book. For me, this is a slippery slide to a slump.

Then I decided to start re-reading A Darker Shade of Magic while organising my bookshelves (do people ever actually achieve Full Bookshelf Organisation? I always decide to start reading something halfway through organisation and then it never gets finished…). I actually read the whole book in one sitting, loving it just as much the second time around as I did the first.

Huzzah! I thought, and returned to Legendary, to The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock and other books I’d tried to start and the same lack of motivation happened again. Seriously? I have 14 books on my bedside table right now, plus four or five I bought on a “start the series” sale for Kindle. I have plenty of new things to readClearly the slump wasn’t quite through with me.

Then, today, I received a paperback copy of the long way to a small angry planet and I wanted to start re-reading straight away. Thinking about it, I want to re-read Six of Crows, the Shades of Magic trilogy, and other series I loved before.

I just don’t want to read new things. As much as I want to re-read all these favourites, I am afraid they would make for a boring blog. I’m going to try and alternate so I read one new book and re-read an old one to try and mitigate this desire to re-read all the books I’ve loved before (sounds like a YA title I would actually adore – forget all the boys I’ve loved )

Am I just making things up? Does it count as a reading slump (for blogging purposes) if you just want to re-read and it’s not making any sort of dent in your TBR pile? What are your best tips for managing a book slump?



  1. Oh my gosh, I totally fall into this! I have a few books that are my go-to re-reads. Usually my slump is cured in a book or two. I also love the feeling of not knowing what is going to happen so that might be a factor, as well. Great post 🙂

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    1. I usually love the new book feeling of not knowing what will happen, but sometimes you just need to know exactly what is happening! I’m glad I’m not the only one! Thank you for commenting 🙂


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