They’re the bane of every readers existence.
Sometimes they’re the result of binge reading a greatly anticipated new release from start to finish in a single sitting. You become so enmeshed in the world and the characters that when it’s over, you can’t let go. You continue to exist in the world, with names and situations floating around in your head, making it impossible to move on.
Sometimes they’re the result of a run a bad luck. Several MEH-to-awful books in a row can suck the joy out of your reading experience.
Sometimes they’re the result of your own stubborn refusal to read outside your preferred genre. You become stagnant and books you’re convinced you would enjoy under less monotonous circumstances hold no appeal.
And sometimes it has nothing to do with your reading habits. Life is life, and all that.
Most of the time, when I’m book-funky, I don’t fight it. It serves no purpose; it does a disservice both to me and the unfortunate book that I will inevitably hate, regardless of its merit.
So what do I do instead?
In most of the aforementioned scenarios, one of two things:
1. Netflix binge.
2. Disappear into the internet time suck.
I prefer to Netflix binge, b/c while it’s as massive a time suck as the multitude of random websites that devour whole days, I can at least measure what I’ve “accomplished.”
When I decide to get “caught up” with friends and family social media posts or with blogs I follow, I can do this, that, and the other thing, and suddenly the day is gone, and I have no idea where, b/c TIME SUCK.
The one time I don’t temporarily give up reading entirely is when my book funk is genre specific—that’s when I palate cleanse.
I find that the further you can get away from the genre in question, the better. If you’ve been reading nothing but YA fantasy for months, switching to adult fantasy probably won’t get the job done. You’ll be better off with a contemporary romance or romantic suspense from a trusted author.
But generally speaking, it’s Netflix (or Amazon Prime, etc.) for me. A day or two later, and unless whatever I’m watching is friggin’ amazing, I’m usually cured. I’m currently in the middle of getting caught up on The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, and they’re both way better than I expected, so I might be a few more days this time . . .
What about you? What do you do when you’re book funky?