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Slumps and bumps

Updated: Nov 15, 2019

I'm in a slump... a big, horrible, depressing reading slump. I've not picked up a book for 6 weeks now and it's really pissing me off! It's not that I don't want to read, I keep looking at my book on the bedside table, all ready for me to pick up and I just can't do it - and I hate it!

The annoying thing is I'd been doing so well, I'd fallen in love with a book series and read all three books in a short space of time, completely igniting my reading passion, and then it just stopped. Stopped dead, and I don't know why. Is this normal? Am I the only one to go through something like this?

I lay the blame at the feet of the Christmas build up. So much rushing and racing and planning that time ran away from me. The more time away from my books the less inclined I was to pick them up. The knock on affect was how much my mood changed, the slump in my reading matched the slump in my mood. The two go hand in hand, and the only person I have to blame for this is myself.

I'm not one for the whole 'New Year, New Me' business but as I started this New Year I made myself one promise - be kind to me. My first step in being nice to me is to schedule myself time to read a book. At 9.30pm on the dot an alarm will go off and this will be my time to pick up my book and read again. This may sound completely extreme to some but I know how much of a difference this will make to me. When I read I am more relaxed, when I'm relaxed I'm happier, when I'm happier the world is a better place. This is why reading has always been so important to me and I'm annoyed at myself that I let this go on for so long.

Going through social media recently I noticed a status where someone said that rather than wanting more from 2019 they were going to wish for less. Less stress, less worry, less panicking and I couldn't agree more. This all fits with my promise of being kind to me, less for me is the way forward and this less will only lead to more. More reading, more happiness and a more relaxed me.

So, as I drag myself out of my slump, I am putting my 2019 book list together. Please recommend your favourite reads to me to add to my list. I wish you all a New Year full of less and hope your less leads to more - be kind to you.

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