It’s been quite a long time since I went through any kind of reading slump. I often have periods where I’m reading more or less, or when my brain switches gears and starts spending time with a new kind of book. I have diverse enough interests that when a particular genre or age group or time period begins to wear on me, I kind of naturally flow into a different one. Lately, though, I can’t find anything that sounds particularly wonderful to read.
I think partly this may have been due to my binge-reading of Oathbringer and the other books of the Stormlight Archive. (Because yes, after my first read of the book and subsequent audio read of it, I went back and read the first two books, the intervening novella, and then a third read-through of Oathbringer.) My brain is now satisfied and worn out on the series and ready to leave it behind for a bit, but I seem to have hit a wall on what to read next. I’ve been grabbing at random and have already tried-and-rejected half a dozen books – all in the last week. The good news is that I finally settled on a book and an audiobook. The bad news is that neither have particularly engaged me, not even the one I’ve been eagerly awaiting for two months now. It’s definitely not the books’ fault. It’s me. This definitely feels slumpish.
I’m not going to try to force the books. I’ll plod along, and if I don’t read anything for the next little while, so be it. Perhaps the blog will go quiet for a bit, though I’m not taking a full break. And hopefully soon, something will break through the stupor and reinvigorate my book-brain. We’ll see.