Musing About Things: Book Slump & Other News


Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as Books and a Beat‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:

So today’s topic is: Books slumps (and other news)

So I’ve been kind of in a book slump these last few weeks, both reading and writing reviews. /sigh.

I think it might have been because I hit a solid book hangover after finishing Words in Deep Blue (a dang good book).  I managed The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (which was pretty adorable and hilarious), but after that nothing seemed to fit my mood.

So I resorted to the re-reading. I’ve just been re-reading old favourites for the last two weeks and I think I’m getting my reading groove back. I might not read the whole book, but these bits and parts that I can rely to up a smile on my face is definitely helping.

With the summer rolling in I’m starting to get back into my mood for cute sunny contemporary YA. There’s a ton of them out there I was pretty excited for and are now out so I’m hoping I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo will get me right back on track!

Now reviewing – that on the other hand I’m still feeling the slump. I just feel like I don’t know what to talk about or how to talk about the books.

I’ve definitely been putting off a lot reviews and only writing the ARCs because I kinda feel obligated. I’m trying to just write my really short reviews because they’re quick and I can just babble on about how I love the book without necessarily being coherent. Definitely beats feeling like I’m sitting in front of the computer for hours on end and only writing 5 lines…


So friends, my questions for you guys is:

What do you do when you’re in a slump? Reading and/or writing?

Do you have a go-to-book to help out of slumps?


Other news!

I recently convocated!


It was a little anti-climatic since I’ve actually been done school for about 8 months and have been working the last 6, but it was still really nice to see my classmates and officially be done, done!

Got too excited and threw my cap way too high – ha.

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum OT, procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

14 Replies to “Musing About Things: Book Slump & Other News”

  1. Congrats on graduating! 🙂

    I only just came back from a 10 month {unannounced} hiatus with my book blog, but when looking back I realised that I had been checked out for a long time already before that. In 2010 and 2011 I had posted 100+ blogs, whereas those numbers dwindled down each year. In 2015 it was 14, and 2016 there was just the 1. So I know what a book blogging slump is (and I felt heavily weighed down by the obligations to review books that I had received from publishers). Luckily I don’t really get into book reading slumps very often. I find it to be my escape from reality. I suppose it’ll just come back to you, slowly and then at full force and you’ll be back at it in no time!

    Good luck finding back your groove!

  2. Congrats!!! As far as slumps go when I am in a reading slump I got to Netflix for a while then read a quick cute book. Usually helps. I feel you on the reviewing slump. I am not in the mood to write in depth reviews so I have been doing quicker ones more often. It is what it is!!

  3. LOL the pic is awesome. Congratulations!

    I’m having trouble picking books lately. Once I’m reading them I’m good but I finish and I’m like huh what’s next? And takes me forever to pick. That’s SO rare for me.

    Yay for some re-reading and getting you back in the flow of things. Hopefully the reviewing will pick up for ya, too. A different review format can be a good thing, too 🙂

  4. Congratulations Cyn. It happens to all of us. Sometimes I push through or change up my reviews. For reading I find frequent genre changes and mixing in audio helps me.

  5. Wohho congrats!!!

    Omg I soooo wanna re-read but right now it is enough with finishing new books. WHy did I request so many with the new baby and all! LOL

  6. Congrats on graduating!!!
    When it comes to slumps I tend to either suffer through them or re-read. Re-reading seems to be the most effective method but it doesn’t always get me out of the slump. Summer is usually when I get into my reading groove and I do a binge sesh of contemporary books. My mood tends to reflect the weather and in turn influence my reading picks haha.
    Reviewing slumps are the worst, especially when I find I have so much to say about the book but I can’t actually find the words to explain it so I put off writing the review. It’s the worst cycle to go through.

  7. Ahh congrats on graduating!! And awk book slumps suck so so much. 😭 I’ve actually had a pretty dull reading month myself, which is always disappointing. I’m hoping you find a simply fantastic book soon, though!! (I’m also re-reading to combat my slump hehe.)

  8. Congratulations! I hate books slumps. I just usually take a day of two away from reading when that happens. I hate it when I don’t feel like writing reviews. I keep reading and the reviews that I need to write just pile up. Hope you get through your slumps soon.

  9. Congratulations! Graduation is a big deal, so you can’t be too excited.
    As for book slumps, that usually happens when I am simply reading too much on schedule and not enough for pleasure. I’ll often read something very light or inspirational to clear my mind…or at least something I don’t need to review. I am also known to head for a favorite genre or author that I know I’ll enjoy if I’ve been unhappy with what I am reading. Good luck with kicking the slump.

  10. Re-reading old faves is pretty much the only way to get out of a reading slump, in my experience. I’m glad that you were able to read and enjoy The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue before the slump really set in, because it’s one of my favourite books of 2017 so far! And congrats on convocation! I get what you mean, it is a bit anticlimactic – mine was this month too, but I’ve been out of school for 6 and working for almost 4 months. Still, I do love a good excuse to dress up! 🙂

  11. Congrats on graduating, Cyn! 😀

    I’ve also been in a book slump too and it sucks because there’s so many books I want to read and yet some days I just don’t feel like reading. I totally understand about not knowing what to talk about when reviewing. Some reviews are easy and some are difficult, as you can probably tell how many times I pushed back finishing reviewing Once and For All. But, hopefully you’ll find a book that’ll get your reading spark back and kick the book slump blues out soon.

  12. For reading flumps, I usually just power through them lol. I just end up reading less because I don’t really feel like picking up the books every time I put them down. I don’t think I’ve ever had a reviewing slump though, so I can’t help you there. But I do have a blogging tips post about things to say in book reviews when you don’t have much to say, so you can check that out if you want!

    Congrats on graduating!

  13. Congratulations! When I’m in a reading slump, I also reread my favorites. It’s something I know I’ll love and it puts me in a good mood!

  14. Congrats on graduating! Love that picture! I’m a big rereader when I get in a slump or I’ll just skim down my list of ARCs and pick one that catches my interest. I’ve learned the hard way to not force a book if I feel like I’m edging into a slump regardless of where it fits on my reading schedule. I’m a big fan of lists when I hit review slumps. Just make a list of things I liked or things I didn’t like. If I can’t even make a list than I go for short reviews. Good luck!

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