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So, I’ve technically already done this week’s topic in video format, but it’s so cringe-y and I started remembering physical books that help me get out of reading slumps, that I decided to take a mulligan. If you don’t play or follow golf, it’s basically a do-over. I’m keeping the video I uploaded posted, only because I have no idea if I want to take it down eventually or not. For now.
Reading slumps are common among readers. Sometimes they can hit unexpectedly, and sometimes you’re aware enough to feel it sneaking up on you. Whichever the case, they’re not fun. I was in a bit of reading slump late last year, starting midway through October and lasting all of November and partly into December. Turns out, that was the case for a lot of us. Usually when I get into a reading slump, I’ve discovered that reading books on my Kindle Fire helps a lot, and that’s what I talk about over on my YouTube channel. If you want to see me fumble my through my words because I didn’t script myself, click here.
For this post, however, since I thought about some of the physical books that have had a hand in getting me out of my reading slumps in the past, I figured that I’d talk about those here. So, here we go.
5. Twilight — I know, I know. This is a polarizing book (and series), and truthfully, I hate the four books that followed this one. Which is why I don’t read them. I’ve read each book twice, but if I were ever to pick up another one, it’d be the book that started it all, and only that one, because despite people calling this “problematic,” I actually still find the first book sweet and endearing. It was a teenage romance like any other, and the other four books in this series fucked all of that up with the unnecessary love triangle, and Edward Cullen becoming someone that I didn’t even recognize by the time book four came out. It’s a quick read, I love it still, and thanks to fan-fiction, this one will always have a special place in my heart.
4. What Light — I read this one in the beginning of December, and I loved it so much, I flew through it in less than twenty-four hours. It was the perfect book to put me into the Christmas spirit, and I just need more Caleb in my life. He deserves all the hugs.
3. Sarah Dessen — If you’ve been following this blog awhile, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of Sarah Dessen, and she’s one of my first auto-buy authors. Her books are such quick, easy reads, and apparently connect to each other through each one. I say “apparently” because I’ve clearly not been observant with her books. In my defense, though, I didn’t read her books back-to-back, there’s a bit of a gap in between, but still. I do plan on re-reading all of her books this summer, so maybe I can redeem myself.
2. The Walking Dead Comics — I haven’t actually used these to help me get out of reading slumps, but seeing as they’re comics, and each volume is pretty thin, I’m pretty sure they’d do the trick just fine. I only own the first two volumes, out of over 100, so I’ve got a long way to go before catching up, but the original source material for the show is fun all the same.
1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe — I’ve seen this one on quite a few lists today, and it’s easy to see why. The writing is simple yet packs a punch in regards to feeling. The characters are fantastic from Ari and Dante, to their parents, to even Legs.
Kindle Honorable Mentions (by author):
Posy Roberts, Annabeth Albert, Anyta Sunday, Josh Lanyon.