How to get out of a Reading Slump

One of the most crucial signs that you know you’re a bookworm, apart from buy-a-new-book-everytime-you-walk-into-a-bookshop syndrome and always having a book with you for every excursion, is reading slumps. We’ve all been there at one point or another, in that state of dormancy, that visceral feeling of drought, where we feel plagued by our own inactivity.

It could be, and most often times is, a case of reading several underwhelming books in succession, which can sometimes lead to the dreaded DNF manoeuvre, a fatal course of action that I am less wont to do than others, but otherwise have found to be necessary in certain dire situations.

And so it was with me over the course of the last two months, where I have been frightfully inactive with my reading. Apart from the natural symptoms of a reading slump i.e. you just don’t feel like reading because it’s been a while since you’ve been to the gym or taken a yoga class, I genuinely feel like a lot of the books I’ve read over the last three or four months have been sub-par, uninspiring and average. This meant that my usual reading pace had slowed to a reluctant crawl and the number of reading submissions I received had grown, exponentially to an unstable size.

Unfortunately, this isn’t a top ten list of foolproof techniques that will ensure you never have another reading slump again. In fact, as I acknowledged at the start, reading slumps are just part and parcel of being a bookworm. It’s one of the signs that tell you you’re just another hopeless booknerd who goes to the supermarket wearing a Just One More Chapter tote bag like an identifying mark branded in iron.

I’ve found that the best way to get out of a reading slump is just to be patient and go at your own pace. Ignore the quiet whispers of envy at the back of your mind when those psychopathic freak readers post their monthly wrap-up of twenty odd books. Even they experience reading slumps. It might be the case that you experience a reading slump whilst you’re already reading something. In those cases, you might want to put your current read on the back burner.. indefinitely (we call this a soft DNF) and start something entirely new!

Most importantly, I would advise against trying to force yourself back into a reading frenzy so as to keep up with the so-called ‘It crowd’ as I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how counter-productive this is. I find it better to just accept the fact that one needn’t have to feel like they should be reading all the time.

Such feelings of disillusionment are temporary anyway and before you know it, you’ll be back to your usual machine-like #readinggoals bookworm high, so go take that yoga class wearing your all-important bookish tote bag, discover how much you actually love DIY or you can go ahead and check out my latest book review, The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton because it could very well end up being the book to get you out of your current reading slump.

Commuting: An Underground World by Stephen Down

🔊Pre-requisite for reading this book: Must be read whilst commuting!

Let me start by extending my warmest regards to the author for sending me a copy of his book in exchange for my review, though I regret that I did not follow the pre-requisites for reading this book. *hides behind a bookshelf*

Commuting: An Underground World was written by Stephen Down and was published in 2019. It is, to use the book’s own words.. “new reading reading material to provide some light entertainment for your commute to work.”

Commuting hosts a series of mostly comedic anecdotes about the wonders and perils of the London underground. If you’re a frequent commuter like the author, then you’ll probably relate to most of this book, I certainly did, though I don’t commute much these days. The joys of walking..

This book is undeniably funny. It’s packed with quippy humour and sarcastic witticisms and definitely succeeded in getting a few laughs out of me. There were also more serious moments in the book that lingered in my thoughts and made me consider my own complicity in certain situations i.e. the conundrum of giving up one’s seat.

I would definitely recommend Commuting: An Underground World if you’re looking for light entertainment  and a quick read that is deeply relatable and very funny!

⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Booktube Review: Lord Of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Hey Bookworms!

My reading month is looking pretty dismal so far and at this rate, I’ll be happy if I complete at least one book. I’ll never understand  how some readers can complete upwards of 15 books in a month…FREAK readers is what I’ve decided to call them. Those people that can transcend the the strain of ‘adulting’ and thus process multiple books like machines. But I digress. Regardless of how subpar this month is turning out to be, I’m really excited about the new Booktube video that I’ve just posted and you should definitely check it out (despite my mugshot of a thumbnail!)

Lord Of Shadows is the second book in the epic Dark Artifices Series by Cassandra Clare and was published in 2018.

To read the full review, please click here. (^O^)

Happy Reading!

Book Review: The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle was written by Steven Turton and was published in 2018 by Raven Books, a crime-thriller and horror imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing. It was later published in the U.S. as The 7 ½ Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle, but don’t worry, it’s exactly the same award-winning book with the Best First Novel prize in the 2018 Costa Book Awards, under its belt.

Synopsis: When Aiden Bishop wakes up, he has lost all his memories. He no longer remembers his name nor does he have any recollection of what he is pursuing out on the fields of the dilapidated Blackheath estate. He soon learns that he is trapped on this estate until he can solve the mystery behind Evelyn Hardcastle’s death. Everyday he wakes up in the body of a new host, where each new perspective provides more clues, unraveling the many dark secrets hidden behind the walls of Blackheath.

The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle felt like a BBC period drama reminiscent of Groundhog Day and the works of Agatha Christie. Despite the many influences this novel seemed to draw upon, it maintained its own sense of originality. I loved the way the narrative combined elements of thriller and horror. It had a very nail-biting, suspenseful edge, that was arresting.

The book handled the many co-existing storylines, involving the various different hosts, in such a way that the mystery felt like it was gradually coming together instead of relying too much on heavy exposition to fill in the gaps. There were occasions where exposition was artfully used under the guise of buying time, which honestly.. I would’ve preferred less of.

The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle is the award-winning book of the Best First Novel prize in the 2018 Costa Book Awards

As you would expect from a thriller book of this sort, there are many plot twists which I was really entertained by, mostly because I didn’t see them coming, but that’s because I’m not the greatest at solving mysteries and would probably lose in a game of whodunit. So if you’ve read enough murder mysteries novels to call yourself a connoisseur, you may find the plot twists in want of distinction.

Overall, The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle was a deeply entertaining read that constantly kept me guessing. I think this book would make for a fantastic TV adaptation, which I can definitely see myself winding down to with a glass of wine (if I had a TV).

I rate The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle.. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Booktube Review! VOX by Christina Dalcher

·٠•●♥ Hey Bookworms!♥●•٠·˙

I hope you’re enjoying whatever you’re reading this weekend. Feel free to share also, I could always use more recommendations. 😉

I recently posted my latest Booktube Review on VOX by Christina Dalcher, my current Book Of The Month! See below to view it and also if you’re feeling especially charitable today, then please subscribe to my channel for more booktube reviews.

VOX is the debut novel by novelist and flash fiction writer, Christina Dalcher whose work has appeared in several pretigious magazines, including The Molotov Cocktail. 

Here’s an excerpt from my review;

Needless to say, the representation of men in this novel is one of villainous antagonism. Though I was intrigued by the premise, I found the overall concept of this story to be very anti-male. However, I loved how the plot developed and how events progressed quite quickly, thereby grabbing my attention early on in the story and maintaining momentum until the end…”

Click here to read the full review! 🙂

New Book Review!! Lord Of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Hey Shadowhunters!

Today I will be doing a book review of; Lord Of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. This review is brought to you courtesy of LoveReading UK, the largest book recommendations website in the U.K! Make sure you check out their website at www.lovereading.co.uk for more information on the LoveReading UK Ambassador book buzz, where you can also read other reviews on the epic Dark Artifices series.

Synopsis: Lord Of Shadows is the second book in The Dark Artifices series and was originally published in 2017. It continues the journey of the fearless shadowhunters, Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn as with the rest of the L.A. institute, as they contend with a new threat. That of a faerie King with plans to unite the Seelie and Unseelie courts under his tyrannical reign, through means detrimental to Nephilim. With this threat looming overhead, the already strained relationship between Nephilim and Downworlders continues to breed devisive tension.

Clare maintains the escapist story-telling I was gushing over in my last review. The book’s magical quality, particularly in its portrayals of Faerie, appeal to the reader’s imagination, with its sense of novelty. Unlike Lady Midnight, this novel explores the land of Faerie in greater depth, propelling us deeper into a world of enchantment.

Lord Of Shadows is a novel that sets itself apart from most other fantasy books in its representation of different sexual orientations. I really appreciated the inclusion of such diverse characterisation, as it reflects a truer picture of modern day Western societies and therefore made the novel more current and relatable than many fantasy novels around today.

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New Book Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare



Hey Bibliophiles!

I’m super excited to present today’s book review, which is brought to you in association with LoveReading UK, the largest book recommendations website in the U.K. Make sure you check them out at; www.lovereading.co.uk

Also a BIG thank you to the publishers, Simon&Schuster for sending this book to me!

Lady Midnight is the first book in The Dark Artifices trilogy which was published in 2016.

Synopsis: Lady Midnight is an epic fantasy novel that follows the story of Emma and Julian who are highly trained, demon-slaying Shadowhunters. As parabatai, they also share a magical bond, which amplifies their angelic powers in battle. But to be parabatai means to be bound to one another for life, forbidden from falling in love with one another.

When a series of mysterious murders occur across L.A. Emma and Julian, together with Julian’s family investigate these strange events that all linked and rooted in dark magic. Even if it means risking their lives, they are determined to solve this mystery as it leads them to the answers behind their tragic past.

Lady Midnight is the first book in The Dark Artifices trilogy which was published in 2016. If you’ve read Clare’s previous Shadowhunter books, most notably The Mortal Instruments Series, which was also adapted for film, you’ll love reading this book. Clare creates an immersive, supernatural world that is a boon of escapism.

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