[TSS] Still in a Reading Slump

Well, I’m still in a reading slump. I’ve been dipping in and out of various books, but nothing’s “clicked” so far. And it’s really frustrating, because I’ve got some pretty interesting books around that I KNOW I’ll want to read once I get out of my slump.

I’ve had some great books come in this past week from both the library and also from a mini online book-buying spree I indulged in earlier in the week, in the hopes of getting the reading mojo flowing.

Here are some of the books I have out from the library right now:


The Bishop’s Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison. I read Bernadette’s review and knew I wanted to check this one out.

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill. I read Athira’s review of this one and found myself really intrigued by the unusual format the author uses.

I, Ripper by Stephen Hunter. I didn’t track where I first heard of this book, but it’s a Jack the Ripper novel. Enough said.

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins. I obviously have not perfected my “tracking where I heard about this book” skills, as I don’t have this on my Trello books board either. But it’s about a library that holds the secrets to the universe. Who can resist that? (Well, it appears I can, when I’m in the middle of a reading slump.)

Mislaid by Nell Zink. I do remember why I put this one on hold. I had read an interview with the author somewhere—I thought it was the New York Times but it appears my memory isn’t serving me right. This one’s not my typical read but something about it appealed to me in the moment of reading that interview.

The Year of the Storm by John Mantooth. No idea why I put a hold on this one. But now that I have it, it does look interesting. Just not enough to get me out of my slump.

And here are the books I recently bought:


A Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey. Because it’s been on my want-to-read list for years. Years.

The Talented Mr. Ripley Omnibus Edition from Everyman’s Library by Patricia Highsmith. Because I’ve been reading Patricia Highsmith’s Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction which is more like a memoir of her writing process. And then I read Care’s post where she mentions how creepy The Talented Mr. Ripley is. I knew I wanted to read it. And I’m a sucker for omnibus editions.

To Sir With Love by E.R. Braithwaite. It wasn’t until I read the review of the book at Olduvai Reads that I even knew there was a book called To Sir with Love. I’ve seen the movie a few times, and I just knew I’d want to have my own copy of the book.

You’d think with this wealth of reading material surrounding me, I’d be out of this reading slump in no time flat, right? But that doesn’t seem to be happening. I WANT to read all of these books, i really do—but not right now.

Do you have any tips for coming out of a reading slump?

14 thoughts on “[TSS] Still in a Reading Slump

  1. Sarah's Book Shelves

    Sorry about your slump – frustrating! Sometimes a backlist book I haven’t gotten to yet or something really diff from my normal reads helps me!

    I’ve got Mislaid & Dept of Speculation on my TBR as well! I read Bishops Wife early this year and thought it was just ok.

    Hope one of these works for you!

  2. Trish

    Hmmmm…what if you resorted to something familiar? Reading slumps can be so tough to beat! I’ve been seeing Mount Char around a lot…the cover is quite catching. Good luck!! Ohhhh–and yes, second Kathy’s suggestion for graphic novel!

  3. Athira

    Awww.. so sorry that you are in a reading slump. It bugs me when I am in one too. You never know what will work. Sometimes, I just need to find the right book, sometimes, I need to do a reading project or challenge. Sometimes, I need to not read or think about books at all for a day or two and then pick a new book. I hope you get out of your slump soon. Maybe there is a favorite book you can read instead?

  4. Tif

    When I’m feeling down in my reading, I just tend to keep reading a little each night. Sometimes it is only a few pages or one chapter. But eventually I pull through it. Sometimes I have to change up my reading choices, maybe a graphic novel instead of a novel. Good luck with getting out of your’s!

    On a somewhat related note, I’ve seen some great chatter about a couple of those books, particularly Dept of Speculation and The Library at Mount Char. I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Who knows, maybe one of those books will help with the slump as well!

  5. Heidenkind

    For me, reading slumps are kind of a blessing in disguise. They give me a reason to burn through (ie DNF) my TBR pile until I land on something amazing.

  6. Michelle

    Boo for reading slumps! They don’t happen often to me. However, when they do, I will either hit an old favorite, a new one by one of my favorite authors, or something out of one of my favorite genres. I always hold back a couple new ones by my favorite authors for just that situation. They always help pull me out of my funk. Good luck, and I hope you get your reading mojo back soon!

  7. JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    I had an awful reading slump earlier this year. Surprisingly, it was light nonfiction that pulled me out of it. Heads in Beds, then something about Madame Chic… nothing earth shattering, just light and fun. The author of Heads in Bed mentions a book called Waiter Rant that I’ll try to remember for my next slump. Anthony Bourdain might work, too if that appeals to you.


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