Summer. It's hot. I'm lazy. I put my book down on the table, but I'm on the bed which is just so far away from the table, and Netflix. Netflix exists. Ooo, all of Merlin is up. Also Friends is due for a total re-watch, right? It's only been a few...months since you watched all ten seasons, right? Good thing I have a bag of chips with me in bed. Because that kitchen, with its tables, is just so far. Sooooooo faaaaaaaar.
Not a recipe for productive reading or blogging.
Ahhh, summer, the season I always say I'll get ALL THE WORK DONE and READ ALL THE BOOKS and WRITE ALL THE WORDS and instead I watch all the TV and eat all the ice cream if I can ever muster the energy to roll my semi-comatose lump of a body kitchenwards. My bigger problem lately has been TOTAL laziness and procrastination when it comes to blogging. I was in a terrible reading slump earlier in the summer, but I've been reading a bunch more lately, but blogging? Words? Think fingers brain words do? Arghgsk3495hkj??
But anyway. Reading slump. I cured mine and YOU CAN TOO. When my brain is sick with the summer lazies, these are the things I try to jumpstart it into reading mode.
Put my laptop somewhere far out of sight/turn off the internet/move into a cabin with Thoreau and live on pine trees and fresh air and pretension
Dis. Con. Nect. No, you don't have to catch up on your entire Twitter feed this morning. Let it go. IT'LL BE FINE. ALL THOSE PEOPLE WILL STILL BE THERE.
Rediscover a favorite author of old
THE MAGIC OF REREADS. After convincing a number of people to give my beloved Tamora Pierce a try, and having them fangirl at me in my DMs about SHIPS and HEROINES and BOYS and KISS SCENES (looking at you, Angie, you wicked temptress), I said to hell with it and did a quick reread of a few of my favorite Tamora Pierce books. And it totally got me back in the reading zone.
Get thee to some sequels
It's like CHEATING. You already know the world and the characters. Your brain has, like, 30% less work to do. I'm not great with the mathematical number shaped symbol things, but that's a pretty good work stat if you ask me.
Picking up a backlist book I've been meaning to read for ages
Everyone's got That One Book (or fifty) they keep saying they MEAN to read but they never DO. JUST GO PICK IT UP. Do it. Screw the pressure of review copies or new releases or what everyone else is telling you to read. And if you don't like it, eh. Try another. No pressure.
Cheat on that TBR
This is mostly helpful for bloggers, but if there's a highly anticipated book that you've got your greedy bloggers claws on, but it doesn't come out for 47 months, but it's all you want to read--READ IT. Seriously. Just read it. It's that donut that's been staring at you when you're on a diet. BREAK THE DIET. EMBRACE THE DONUT. Crap, now I want a donut. This is your fault.
Take a break
Eh, slumps aren't the worst thing. You'll get back in the swing of things. Maybe some time away will give your brain some time to nap, recharge, and swing in that summer hammock. Eventually, it'll get back in the reading mood. Absence makes the...brain...grow...readier, as they always say. Since now.
So what do you to to get yourself out of a slump? Are you also suffering from the summer lazies, like I am?