Last year I completed the Book Fangirling tag and one of the questions posed was: “What book put you in a ridiculous reading slump?” and for some reason that question seems to be popping more and more into my mind lately. I’ve been thinking a lot about my reading patterns in the last few weeks because I’ve been feeling a shift in my preferred genres, which naturally lead to me scrolling through my list of all time favourite books on Goodreads. So I thought I’d take another shot at this question…
Books that put me in a ridiculous reading slump (take two):
THE BOOK THIEF BY MARKUS ZUSAK
“If only she could be so oblivious again, to feel such love without knowing it, mistaking it for laughter. “
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
This book has stood the test of time and remained firmly listed as one of my favourite books, ever. It also remains as one of the most slump-inducing books I ever had the privilege of reading. I must admit that it took me a long time to complete this story because it was such an emotional read with lots of thought provoking scenes that left my mind reeling. But I think the main reason I took so long to finish it was because I didn’t want it to end – it was that beautiful. After completing the book, eventually, it took me some time to get back into a new book because it was so heavy. I was going through some of my favourite passages and I might read this one again soon…
LEAVING TIME BY JODI PICOULT
“You can’t blame someone if they honestly don’t understand that their reality isn’t the same as yours.”
― Jodi Picoult, Leaving Time
I think it is safe to say that Leaving Time is my favourite Jodi Picoult book. It had everything I look for in a great story, including fascinating characters, an intriguing story line and imagery that will be engraved in my mind for years to come. This book of mystery kept me guessing at every turn, which was so refreshing after reading story upon story of predictable tales. The ending was so Earth shattering, I felt disorientated for a while as if my body went into shock. I did not expect the twist in the plot at all, so I was completely blind sided. The cause of my reading slump after reading Leaving Time was the beautiful descriptions that Jodi Picoult wove so delicately into the story, and how it all played a role in the telling of the story that made it that much more special.
THE WRATH AND THE DAWN BY RENEE AHDIEH
“The worst kind of lie—the kind shrouded in good intentions. The kind cowards use to justify their weakness.”
― Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and The Dawn
I wrote a full review on this book because I loved everything about the story and just could not get it out of my mind. I am still stuck thinking about Khalid and Shazi’s love story and its been a few weeks since I turned the final page. The Wrath and The Dawn was a reminder of why I love romances as much as I do – something that I’ve been forgetting lately due to the stack of uninspired romances I read since the beginning of the year. This book was one that I wish I could erase from my mind just so that I could have the pleasure of reliving the story all over again. A truly intoxicating story that I am looking forward to re-reading soon.
FANGIRL BY RAINBOW ROWELL
“I don’t trust anybody. Not anybody. And the more that I care about someone, the more sure I am they’re going to get tired of me and take off.”
― Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl
Fangirl put me in a terrible reading slump around the end of last year, but for a very different reason than the other books on this list. I was so excited to read this one after enduring months of hype and sparkly reviews on every social media platform I am signed up for, especially Instagram. Which made it that much more disappointing for me when I could not understand what all the fuss was about. Fangirl was one of the most boring books I ever read, and it had really dull characters that made the entire story fall flat. I guess you could say I am in the minority with these thoughts but nothing will change my opinion on this book. And then to top it all off, I had to suffer a major slump because I had zero motivation to read something else that may very well have the same outcome.
I am pretty sure there are more books that belong on this list, but these four are the ones that came to mind when I sat down to write this post. I am currently in another reading slump, but that has more to do with life throwing a few curve balls my way and not at all due to a lack of reading material. I’ve been having some trouble reaching for my usual reads so I created a little challenge for myself, hoping that it would motivate me to broaden my reading preferences. This month I am challenging myself to read at least one book from the following genres: non-fiction, autobiography, classic, historical fiction, fantasy, mystery and/or crime investigation.
What books were the cause of your book slump? And here are a few tips to overcome it.