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How do you manage reading slumps?
*Sigh.* Reading slumps. We all get them. I get reading slumps for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes I keep reading such boring books that books stop holding any appeal for me. Sometimes I keep wanting to read a particular genre but I am also super tired of that genre, so I don't want to read anything. There are even other times that nothing sounds interesting no matter what.
Over the last few years, I have developed a few different strategies to manage reading slumps. If I don't want to read anything (i.e., nothing looks interesting to me and the idea of reading makes me tired), I listen to an audio book. Because I can listen to an audio book and clean/drive/knit, I can force myself to read while doing non-reading activities. Many times focusing on audio books allows me to feel like I am taking a break from reading without taking a reading break. The other way I deal with reading slumps is reading short books, especially books that I have read before (e.g., The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C Wrede). The final way I manage reading slumps is picking books that are the complete opposite of what I have been reading lately. Many times the switch in genre helps me get motivated to read again.
Now it is your turn! How do you manage reading slumps?