Book Hangovers & Reading Slumps as A Blogger

This post stem from a recent discussion with Cahleen at The Alt Story and I know it has happened to the best of us. We finish an incredible story and cannot settle on the next. Or worse, we wake one day to realize we simply cannot maintain focus long enough to make any significant dent in our current read.

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Book Hangovers & Reading Slumps..

They are not fun. We all experience them. But they can be particularly stressful when you are staring at a pile of ARCs or review copies that you should have reviewed last week. Suddenly this problem just got bigger.

As a blogger and reviewer, it has taken on an incredibly new and almost detrimental form. It rears its head at the worst of time, and in my ever-neurotic mind, solidifies the pending doom of Books, Vertigo & Tea. What was once an inconvenience now becomes a serious problem that I actually need to combat if I wish to make deadlines and keep content flowing.

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I am very serious. <– putting that in bold just in case I was not clear. What once meant more time for Netflix and other activities now means that in the next week I am going to find myself trying to force down 2 to 3 books in a rush to make a tour stop, post before release or just come up with something.. anything.

My Previous methods of recovery have included switching to Netflix and binging a show or two or reading a few short stories to cleanse the reading palate (I would be lost without Tor).

So what happens when my safety nets begin to fail?! Because they have been lately. I find that binging television only makes me want more television. And when I cannot even focus enough to read a story less than 50 pages in length or make it no more than 10 pages into a new title before flinging it down in exasperation? Queue my mental break down and awkward panic mode.. this ship is sinking!

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So I have been incorporating some new means of combatting my slumps and hangovers (book hangover – this is not a self-help guide to the morning after). I have learned when facing challenges, sometimes change is the best and only answer.

I have started using this time to pick a nontypical book such as memoirs or contemporary fiction. I find this can recharge me and often leads to the discovery of some hidden gems I might have missed otherwise. So it is (when effective) a double win!

I am a creature of habit, as you may remember from my recent confession. So I break from my comfort zone and shake things up by redesigning my reading space a little. Sometimes even the slightest changes can be rejuvenating and excite me to settle in with a book or two.

I head to the bookstore! Okay, so this approach sounds completely counterproductive, but I have discovered that being in the aisles of books and exploring them can usually remind me of that joy that was starting to dwindle. This also works with a trip to the library. Bringing a new book home or even browsing them actually helps.

But what I really want to know is how you tackle these reading hurdles? If you are a blogger, do you also find that they now present a larger problem? And if you are not a blogger, do you just put the books down until you have a desire to pick them up again?

Let’s Chat,

Danielle ❤

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95 thoughts on “Book Hangovers & Reading Slumps as A Blogger

  1. Thankfully, by not forcing myself to read arcs, or participate in “tours” or other makeword kind of posts, it relieves the stress of blogging, which in turn relieves the stress on reading. When I do feel a slump coming on, I’ll go and bingewatch something on Prime, usually something light, frothy and comedic.

    But I have found less and less reading slumps by focusing on the fact that this is a hobby. With no pressure, it makes an amazing difference. The whole arc thing, that made a huge difference once I stopped browsing NG.

    As for book hangovers, I just can’t put up with them. So midnight is now the latest I’ll read and even then the mornings can be tough 😀

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    1. Haha! I feel you. Although I cannot say I force myself. I really enjoy the tours and ARCs I accept and still remain very selective. I have no problem saying no, but have to admit I have made some fantastic connections and explored some great content as a result. But I can totally see the benefit of not doing these things 😊 It certainly made slumps less of any issue and removing time factors is always a huge help with reducing stress.

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  2. I’ve cut down a lot on blog tours because they began to get quite stressful and I wasn’t able to read any of my own books. When a review is requested I always mention that it may be a while before I get to it which lessens the pressure. When I hit a reading slump it helps to revisit a favourite book or audio I know I’m going to enjoy the second or third time round. That usually works 🙂

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    1. Ah yes! Thanks Cathy 💙 Audio can really help. I have cut back as well and learn to become super selective only agreeing to what really captures me. I include in my policies and remind in correspondence that unless we agree otherwise, the review comes when I am able. I actually offered to return a book once when the author decided they wanted a review in a week’s time haha.

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  3. Going to a bookstore or just somewhere that has a lot of books helps me loads as well. But also, it makes me want to check out books and/or purchase more and I have to limit myself hahaha! I’m not in a slump right now, per se, but the review copies I get most of the time are ebooks and i only have my phone to read them on which is such a small screen and i hate reading on there – a kindle would easily fix this issue but i don’t have one as of right now. Wish you the best of luck on catching up!

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    1. Yes! I am so glad I am not the only one who can actually help a slump with a trip to the bookstore 😂 It seems backwards, but does work so well! Oh my about the ebooks on phone. I have vision issues often thanks to the lesion, and I could not do that. So I feel for you. Any plans for a Kindle in the near future?

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  4. I don’t review ARCs or take review requests of any kind, so there’s no pressure for me to read when I don’t feel like it. I also try to be really chill about the blog. If I stop posting for a while, no one will care. I do get reading slumps where I’m not motivated to read. I’m in one right now because I’ve read 4 “meh” books in a row. I’m just going to keep picking up books until I find a good one. That’ll probably end the slump.

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    1. That is a great approach AJ! I am cutting back (way back) on review copies and tours. But I enjoy certain elements about them so I find myself still committing to the ones I am interested in. I am not going to be opening back up for review requests for a while I think. Hopefully, when my current obligations are cleared up, I can take a more relaxed approach 💚 I agree that switching it up can help.

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  5. The best way for me is to read a romance novel from time to time between all the thrillers I read. Sometimes it just feels like I’m getting used to thrillers and it takes more to surprise me or to really like it and that’s not good is it? When I see this starts happening I pick up something entirely different, like a sweet YA novel, and that usually helps me a lot, so mixing it up is definitely a great tip! I haven’t thought about going to the bookstore but I might just try that too next time 🙂

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  6. Stress has destroyed my reading this month. I was so obsessed with my growing TBR and feeling the need to read every spare moment that it all got too much and I had to reassess my priorities. Now I’m just spending the month blogging less, reading very little and enjoying my TV binge watching! I do feel better not thinking about having to do stuff and teaching myself that it’ll all get done in time instead of on a mad schedule. I need to enjoy my leisure time and I am at the moment! I’ll fit the reading in and get other stuff onto the blog as I feel like it and if something needs to wait until the next day so be it. I had to do this for my health and I hope to adjust things over the coming week to get back into the more productive daily routine!

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    1. Ah! I am glad you have some time off. Sometimes we all just need a reminder that we just have to unplug a bit and not pressure ourselves. I feel like I have found a good schedule.. but while I closed for reviews, my tbr is still stressing me haha. So I feel you on that. I hope the break is super beneficial and all that you need it to be 🖤

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  7. Fab post! I haven’t had a serious book hangover or slump for ages, unlike this time last year when I hardly read anything. I don’t know if it’s because I’m trying to bring some order to my arcs by reading them during the day, and then listening to my own audiobooks in the evening? I’m at the place where I have too many books to choose from and don’t where to start! lol

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  8. I’m a new book blogger so I found this really interesting to read. At the moment I’m just pleasing myself with what to read and when, I find this enjoyable, I have no blogging schedule (which I probably should). I do have loads of books to review, I really need to write my reviews as I read the books. I hope your slump doesn’t last long x

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    1. Thank you! I found that my schedule kind of developed over time as my blogging goals evolved. Maybe it will be the same for you 😊 I am bad about letting reviews pile up that i need to write. My eye sight gives out or the headaches set in and I am suddenly a week or two behind. But I found keeping notes and stashing them in a folder at my desk helps refresh me when I can right!

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  9. Ah yes I feel the stress you’re talking about, although I don’t participate in blog tours, so I think that alleviates quite a bit of it. I struggle with overwhelming guilt-I have so many books on my shelf, sent to me from publishers that I have yet to get to! It feels like I’m letting people down, but having been a book publicist once myself, I also know that they don’t expect every book they send out to get read.

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  10. Reading slumps are my biggest problem. The book hangovers- Not so much of an issue. Or, I don´t see them as problems. A reading slump for me is something truly deadly. That´s the main reason why I´ve cut down on ARCs. It´s not that I´m not reliable and can´t make the deadline… It´s more of a “I don´t want the forced pressure.” thing. Because life can and will get in the way of my plans and I´m tired of handing out apologies. I even wrote a post about that ( one I think I made public. Not sure. Lol ) When I do suffer from a reading slump then it´s usually because my day has been so packed with Schedules and meetings, incl. my private life ( kids, husband, house, etc.) I just can´t find enough energy to pick up a book and focus. I´ve tried forcing myself out of a reading slump- That was a nice try. Lol. The book hangover issue? To be honest- I like book hangovers. That´s a magic word I use all the time when someone asks me if I already read X book. “Nope. Sorry. Still suffering.” Hahaha. I give myself all the time in the world to suffer and then I can get back on track with a new book.
    I loved this post. It shows how us book bloggers tick and what´s required of us to be and stay in the loop of events. ❤ ❤

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    1. Aw thank you ❤ I think hangovers are as bad as slumps for me right now. Anything that mskes it hard to pick a book back up. I cut back on tours and ARCs. I even closed for review requests, but my backlog had already increased significantly. I can seem the bottom (sort of haha) now. So I am hoping it will get better. But I know what you mean about being tired of apologizing ❤ Between work, life and my health issues, too ofteb do I have to say I am sorry. It is exhausting and not healthy.

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  11. Oh, and what I do to overcome a reading slump? Nothing. HAHAHA. I don´t think there´s a recipe for that problem. I do find myself re-reading my go – to re-read book ( A Discovery Of Witches) when I´m not in the mood for new reads. But that doesn´t necessarily help me. I guess it´s a “Time will tell” kind of thing. You snap out of it as easily as you snapped into it. ❤

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      1. To be honest, I’ve tried just about everything you mentioned. BUT most of the time I seem to get out of slumps by branching out to different genres that I wouldn’t usually read. I think it gives me a break from the “mundane”, if that makes sense. But I also love going to the bookstore too! I agree that being around all those books makes you remember how much you seriously love reading. And you can never go wrong in a bookstore. 😉

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  12. Book hangovers and book slumps are definitely real! Can’t say they don’t exist after I suffered through a three months long one last year. xD It’s mostly the deadlines and having too much on your plate that can get to you as a blogger… Or at least that was part of the problem in my case. Slowing down, saying no to more responsability, try something different, revisit old favorites are always good tips to try and beat it… I’ve also found taking a break from social media and not force myself to blog or blog hop every day helps. Scheduling is my new (oldie) best friend!
    I wrote a post with a 5 step plan last year… Although the slump then was too big and I had to go on a hiatus. But who knows, my rambles may help haha.
    I hope you’ll find a way out of it before it grows too big! ❤

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  13. Binging shows/movies will always be an awesome cure to monotony for me, for sure. I also hit the gym/play ball, so I guess it sort of explains why I have yet to truly know what a book hangover/reading slump is like. I do feel sad when y’all go through it. It sounds painful! 😦 And of course, picking up comic books/graphic novels definitely makes for a nice way to revitalize the mind. 😀 Great post, Danielle!

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    1. Ah yes, I have finally found a safe way for me to try and workout more here at the house. We discovered a recumbent bike that is low enough to the floor so if I black out, it is ok. And the extra self care and energy from now having some physical activity has been a huge help ❤ Movies/show back fire as I find myself wanting to watch more and read less sometimes haha. Graphic novels are great though! Maybe I will pick up a new one 😉

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  14. I love all of your little tricks for dealing with reading slumps Danielle! Luckily a little Netflix binge or YouTube session has been enough to re-spark my desire to read so far. (I guess sometimes our eyes just need something different to look at?) If those didn’t work, though, I think I would turn to cooking and baking 🙂 I really enjoy both as hobbies and it gives me something more tactile to do instead of sitting and watching or reading. Hopefully that would get out some pent up energy and help me settle back down…plus, then I’d have a sweet snack while I read! 😉

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  15. I had a similar problem last December. I was so drained from school reading I had no desire to read for myself (I don’t have ARCs to review) after reading The Handmaid’s Tale and then binging the show. I tried picking up a couple of books but couldn’t get into any of them so I decided not to force it. January comes along and still no desire but I knew I had to get over it because school was beginning and if I can’t read for fun then how do I expect to read for school? So I slowly started re-reading one of my faves and that helped. It was like a warm up for the actual reading I was expected to do for school. It worked though and I’ve been able to keep up with the readings as well as reading a book or two for pleasure.

    I think the more you think about and try to force the worse it will be. You’re a reader thats not going to change but maybe you need time away from it too? Hope that helps a bit.

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  16. Maybe, Danielle, you need to learn to say no and not put unreasonable pressure on yourself. I only commit to 1 book review a month and the rest are voluntary which I post as and when it suites me. You need to possibly take a more laid back approach on your reviewing. Just some thoughts. Hugs.

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    1. I think you are probably one hundred percent right Robbie ❤ I have already stopped openly taking requests and limited my tours to content as opposed to reviews. I think that once I get through this current pile, it will be better and I will try to remember this before being so obliging to others 😉

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  17. Fantastic post, as ever.😀

    I generally just read what I want, when I want regardless of the release date. If I get to it before publication, cool, if not, cool, if don’t get around to reading it, that’s cool too.

    I have been struggling recently though with deciding what to read next! Does this book appeal? Or this one? Should I read that? Should I read this? Men and decisions, a bad combination.😂 I think that’s why I’ve somehow managed to put 100+ hours into FF XV, my indecision over what to read next after finishing a book but, alas, I’ve done all I can do in the game I now need a new game to play which is going to be just like choosing a new book to read, sigh, it’s a no win situation.😂😂😂

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    1. Ah haha yes. I have some personal goals for the blog right now that make following through with certain titles in a timely manner important to me, but soon I plan on letting myself return to a more relaxed approach. I enjoy what I have going on a lot, but it does up the pressure 😉

      I think perhaps of I could still game, I would be doing that to help alleviate some of my woes 😉 I was actually eyeballing FF in the store last week, but did not pick up because I knew I would just get sick.. blah. And new Red Dead has a date.. I will have to try to watch the nonhubs play I guess *cry*.

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      1. Ah, personal goals on the blog. My only goals are to actually post stuff when I feel like it.😂 I think maybe I need to change my blog name from The Tattooed Book Geek to The Tattooed Book Procrastinator.😂😂😂

        Yes, it does, alas, it’s Rockstar, definitely no guarantee that it’ll actually be released on the scheduled date.😢🙄😞 I hope it is, I really do as I’m gagging for that game but lots of game release dates seem to be getting put back nowadays. Days Gone, which looked awesome has been put back to 2019 but hopefully Red Dead will make its release, fingers and toes crossed for that.😂😂😂

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  18. I think because I don’t have any review copies of books I don’t get as stressed or pushed to review. I had a reading slump last year but all I had to do was just stop reading for a week or so and then I got back into it. I don’t like reading books to review, I like to review the books I read.

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  19. A couple of Halloweens ago I was reading an anthology of Horror stories and I had been in an extended slump before that and it bumped me out if it, so I agree… short stories can be a big help. I have used that method a few times and it has worked wonderfully. 🙌🙌🙌

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  20. Ah, I feel ya… so much!
    I usually tend to switch genre which has helped… TV shows.. well, they tend to give me their own brand of hangovers so it’ll be a like a double slump 😀 hahaha
    Most of the time though I just ride the slump out like a headcold… just let it take its course… this has been the reason I am very careful at signing up to tours that expect a review from me. Just too much pressure without being able to guarantee that I will actually be in top form.

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    1. Yes! I have cut back and now tend to only pick up tours of considerable interest that will allow content posts versus reviews. I think once I make it through this stack, it will be gravy. I am staying closed to reviews for 2018 😉 This weekend, I took a break and put down the books entirely! I hope it worked haha.

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  21. I feel like I’ve been in a reading slump since the beginning of the year, to be honest. My approach to conquering it has been relatively similar to yours, though. I’ve been freshening up my book choices and have been reading things I wouldn’t have automatically chosen on my first round of the bookstore. I recently read ‘Sleeping Giants’ and it seemed to be the catalyst that got me reading everyday again. It really was a hidden gem. I haven’t read many other reviews of it, but I really enjoyed it, way more than I was anticipating.
    I’ve also been setting aside time to read every day, even if it’s only an hour on the train or half hour over my lunch or dinner. But I understand your struggles with resisting the temptation of Netflix 😛 What shows have you watched recently? I binged Everything Sucks and The Mortified Guide and now I’m on the lookout for a new show 😛

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    1. I need to pick up Sleeping Giants. Everything I hear is positive! I just binged like 10 episodes of an Asian drama/suspense on Netflix called Re: Mind. You should check it out! Also Erased. They have been some of my favorites lately. I will have to look up Everything Sucks. That sounds familiar 😛

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  22. I love these kinds of posts Danielle… I feel like reading slumps and book hangers are quite real..l I actually have one from reading 2 books in a row where the protagonist and or other characters were morally bankrupt… I couldn’t get into another book… so I hit a manga. I’ve gotten into them again hardcore in 2018 and have come across some great graphic novels too (though the tiny type is quite frustrating…) ♥️

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