As some of you who follow me on Twitter may know, I went on a social media hiatus for a few months. I’m back now, but I’ve changed my approach to reading. Before the hiatus, I reviewed almost every single book that I read. It was too much stress. This resulted in a book slump as well. During my hiatus, I didn’t read many books at all and have only started to read again over the last few weeks.
This post will mainly just serve to collect my thoughts about and experiences during the slump.
The book slump was really bad. I just didn’t want to read anything, because I kept having this thought in my mind that I have to review every single book. Of course this wasn’t the case, I didn’t have to write a review for every book I read, but I felt like I did.
I had over 30 book reviews scheduled, so I knew that I could take a break and be able to post review. I made good use of the sharing function on WordPress in order to share my posts on Twitter, and thus have a semi-active account there. It was so good to just remove myself from social media and rediscover what I enjoy about reading without the stress of having to keep up with the bookish world.
Slowly, I started to read more books again, however I told myself I wasn’t going to write any reviews for a while. This definitely helped me and I found myself wanting to read books again.
At the beginning of the book slump, I was watching Netflix on my phone while commuting to work because I didn’t have any interest in reading a book. Slowly, I actually started reading physical books. I didn’t want to look at my Kindle for some time – I assume that that was because most of my ARCs were on the Kindle, and it made me feel too stressed.
I also noticed that I enjoyed reading standalones and series where the individual books function as standalones more. I’ll be writing a blog post about this soon.
The last two weeks, I’ve started to read regularly again. I read ARCs on my Kindle and read physical books as well. I don’t review every single book I read, as I want to have some books that I can enjoy without the thought of having to writing a book review coming up. I’ll mostly just be reviewing ARCs.
I’m happy about my decision, as the pressure of reviewing every book has been lifted off me, and I find that I can enjoy bookish social media and book blogging. I’m more active on Twitter and Goodreads now, and intend to continue with my Bookstagram account soon!