Reading slumps are a fairly rare occurrence for me, but they do indeed occasionally happen. It is possible to have too much of a good thing, and although it does take A LOT for me to not feel like picking up a book, I do have a few ‘triggers’ that I try to avoid at all costs. Tackling too many similar stories at once is a no-no whether it be reading several installments in a series back-to-back (the odd binge-read is ok), or a string of titles in the same genre, either can push me into red alert territory. Paranormal is my go-to guilty pleasure; however it comes in a variety of flavours such as Urban Fantasy, Young Adult, Steampunk, Paranormal Romance, New Adult, etc so I try to jump around as much as possible to keep things fresh. Audiobooks are also another way that I switch things up because sometimes the last thing I want to do is stare at yet another screen—I love my eReader, but sometimes my eyes need a break.
I read mainly to unwind, and to escape the stress of real life, however every now and then my daily responsibilities take their toll on my energy levels, and I’m one of those girls that needs a solid eight hours AND coffee in order to function. Meaning, when my ‘me time’ rolls around, and I find my eyelids drooping, I’m not a trooper. I don’t push through no matter how good the story is, dreamland always wins out for me no matter what. How can I call myself a bookworm, eh? All of those Pinterest posts that I re-share about sleep being for the weak are total bullshit. LOL And, sometimes when I’m feeling under the weather all I want to do is eat chicken noodle soup, and watch chick flicks.
Blogger burnout is a biggie as well; I’ve since learned my lesson, but when I was still a noob I went a little ARC request crazy, and ended up reading because I HAD to, not because I WANTED to. Nothing kills a book quite like a looming deadline. It’s hard to say no to free titles, especially when you’re first starting out, and review copies are difficult to come by, however when your hobby begins to feel like a chore it’s only a matter of time before you fall victim to the dreaded reading slump. Trust me, it happens to the best of us, and as pretty as those galleys are you MUST learn restraint otherwise you risk not lasting long as a blogger. I try to keep a post buffer so that way if ever I feel like I need to take a few days off I can without falling behind. My last break was in May of 2012 when I went on a 3 weeks hiatus, and it was at that point that I decided to add associate reviewers to the mix. Rabid Reads has been full steam ahead ever since, so obviously there’s method in my madness!