Reading slumps can be sneaky. You can be rolling along and not even necessarily noticing that you’re reading less and less until, BAM–you’re in a slump. Don’t worry, though. I have compiled a list of warning signs to watch for.
1. Your Netflix queue is on the verge of being empty.
New Girl, FOX
When I’m in full-on read mode, I don’t watch a huge amount of TV. As a result, all of my queues pile up–Netflix, Hulu, and if I had DVR, it’d be full. When I catch myself actively looking for a new thing to watch, I know I haven’t been reading lately.
2. The pile of books on your nightstand (and end table and coffee table and) has actually gathered a bit of dust.
A rolling stone gathers no moss; a read book gathers no dust. Or less dust. Books are kind of dust-magnets so they’re going to gather some dust by default.
3. Or worse–you have NO books on your nightstand (or nothing new on your e-reader).
Scream Queens, FOX
This is a grave oversight, surely.
4. Both the library and the bookstore have called to make sure you’re not dead.
High and Low, Akira Kurosawa
WE DON’T WANT TO BOTHER YOU, WE WERE JUST WORRIED
5. Your house is cleaner than it has been in months.
I’m not saying you’re dirty, I’m just saying that reading > cleaning forever.
6. You haven’t had to buy a new bookshelf in awhile.
What is this world coming to? You basically used to have bookshelves on autoship.
7. You have a tan from all of the fun outdoors activities you’ve been doing.
That healthy glow you’re radiating has nothing to do with the warm feeling of finishing a book and that is troubling.
8. When someone asks what you’ve been reading lately, you blank out.
And then panic, obviously, because this should be an easy question.
9. You realize that you’re bored.
What even is this feeling? THIS NEVER HAPPENS.
10. You have extra money in your bank account.
This should be a good thing, but it just feels wrong somehow.
What tips you off that you’re in a reading slump? Are you in one right now and didn’t even know it? Let me know in the comments.