This Week: Heeeelp, I’m Drowning!

this week

This Week is where I recap all that happened on the blog, my life, and the blogosphere.

On Adrift on Vulcan

In My Life

Okay, I admit it.

I am officially in a reading slump.

I totally blame all those on-the-fence books. Totally. I finished The Hit by Melvin Burgess a couple of days ago (it was bad, bad, bad) and now I can’t bring myself to start on another of my overdue ARCs because it’s probably going to be another and boring and tiring experience for me. And, okay, maybe Lesley had something to do with this… because I’m currently hooked on Pandora Hearts and can’t stop reading it! And did I mention I’m becoming a pro at reading from right to left?! I am.

This reading slump most likely means that I’m not going to blog as often either, because with trying to reading PH and keeping up with school, I have less time than usual. :(

I also finally got the chance to watch Divergent on Friday, which I’d been wanting to watch but never found the time (or the friends, booo) to go to the theater. My thoughts? Did they just cram two and a half books into one two-hour plus movie? They made quite a few changes, too, which I’m not sure were necessary. But Theo James was perfect as Four, and the chemistry between him and Shailene was so good. I couldn’t stop giggling.

Most likely a 6.5 – 7 / 10.

Notable Expeditions

What do you do to get out of reading slumps?

(‘Cause I kinda need your help here…)

  1. Celine says:

    When I’m in a slump I usually either reread a favourite, or continue one of my favourite series. Just to remember what it’s like to read a book you really really love (:

    Hope you get out of your slump soon!

  2. I’d love to give you advice on how to get out of a reading slump but considering that mine lasted about 4 months (give or take) I’m probably not the best person to ask. The only difference is that I haven’t read anything in that time. Oh, so tragic. And bless that you liked Divergent. Even though I haven’t watched it. And don’t plan to. I have an irrational, yet strong dislike for Shai that puts me off. But it’s nice to know that another book adaptation haven’t been completely butchered ;)

  3. Thank you for featuring three of our posts this week! Much appreciated, love! Mwah!

    Also, as for your question, I do two things when I am on a reading slump and want to get out of it. First, I read my favorites. This includes Anne Bishop’s WRITTEN IN RED, and Brandon Sanderson’s books, and BLOOD SONG by Anthony Ryan. I read them and I just feel energetic again when it comes to reading.

    Second, I stop reading. Yes, I stop reading. Okay, maybe not completely stop, but like only 1-2. In a month. For the rest of the time, I play video games. Daily. Usually it means I’m just burnt out, and I need to have time to “miss” reading. After that, when I get tired of video games, I go back to my lovely YA books and I’m energetic again!!! :D :D :D

  4. Emily says:

    Aw man! I feel you Meg! D: It sucks that you’re in a slump :( But sometimes, it’s a good idea to step back, or maybe just reread your favourite book you know? :) It’s okay to not read ARCs for a while, because sometimes it can be draining. Sure, it’s a novelty, but sometimes it’s best to go back to your good ol’ trustworthy favourites :)
    Hope you get out of your slump soon, Ham and Megs!! <3

  5. Well, I have the same problem so it’s like the pot calling the kettle black if I gave you an advice (if I do have one, sadly I don’t). :P But you said it’s ok. Pandora Hearts has been on my watchlist forever; I did try the manga though ages ago…but I don’t remember it anymore. :P But I’m obsessing Tokyo Ghoul right now, asdfghjllshskk!!!

  6. Dude, I so relate to the reading slump!! I didn’t read a single book for more than a week until recently this weekend! I kept picking up books and putting them down and just not being able to find my groove in reading, you know? Anyhow, as per usual, a fun contemporary got me out of the slump! I hope you get over yours soon too! Btw, would you rec Pandora Hearts? It’s been so long since I last read manga! I’ve been so hooked on anime recently but also miss reading manga! I need some good ones. :)

    Aaaand thank you so much for linking up my BBE post, Meg! Everyone has been fantastic showing their support and I absolutely appreciate it! Have a great week ahead, lovely!

  7. Finley Jayne says:

    After my last one I changed my entire reading system-I deleted my TBR list, canceled my Goodreads account, stopped writing traditional reviews and also stopped rating books. I now chose books by going to the library and walking around, until an interesting looking book jumps out and hits me upside the head, lol. So far I’m loving the changes I’ve made and reading is so much fun again!

  8. Shoo, reading slump, shoo! I totally get in novel reading slumps when I’m in those manga moods. >_<

    Not you too, Meg! Ha, I'm one of those odd people who don't find Theo James attractive at all. ;P *hides*

    Thanks for linking to both Deadly Darlings and The Social Potato! ^_^ Have a great week!

  9. Larissa Holt says:

    Girl, I totally feel you and it sucks. All the books I’ve read have been 3-3.5 stars and it’s the worst. I don’t want to call mine a slump quite yet though lol, I still have a bit of hope. I HAVE A PLAN OF ACTION OKAY.

    What I’m going to do is re-read a book I love, most likely Harry Potter so I can experience the awesome again. Can you believe I’ve never re-read that series? lol. After I’m feeling a bit more pumped about reading again, I’ll try reading books that I’ve been meaning to read and my friends have loved.

    Hopefully after that I can return to reading ARCs and such. Sometimes taking a break from those is for the best, I’ve found that particularly lately I haven’t had much luck with them.

    Thanks for linking my post girl! I know that my post is totally true if you want to be a YA bestelling author [;

    Hope you can get over your slump! (:

  10. Oh no, Meg! Reading slumps are the worse thing ever. I think I’m actually in a reading slump as well but I’m pushing through it. What I usually do when I’m in one is totally abandon reading, then I’d pick up one of my favorite books (ok, I can’t really abandon reading. Heh) and if this doesn’t work I watch an anime that I love or watch a TV series. These actually help because after I’m done, I get back the urge to read again. I hope with all hopes that you get past this as soon as possible because this sucks.

    I haven’t watch Divergent yet and I’m not practically jumping up and down to see it. I don’t know why book adaptations do not excite me anymore, excluding If I Stay and Hunger Games of course.

    And thank you for including moi in your feature. I think I love you. Err–okay, I’ll stop now. May you have your reading mojo back, Meg!

  11. Sarah says:

    When I have a slump I tend to pick something completely different than the books I’ve been reading that put me in the slump. This usually means picking up either a romance story, or a action-packed UF story. I think the key is something different.

  12. Shannelle says:

    Gimme all your books and no one will get hurt! Haha, it would be such an ideal situation. Me, I get books to read, the publisher gets a review, and you can be free to read whatever! Haha. And I already have too much books to read right now. :P

    And I haven’t watched Divergent. I don’t like Shailene at all. I can only imagine how successful the other two will be, though. Unless the plot was changed and tweaked, I’m sure a lot of people will be annoyed.

    And thanks for featuring me in your recap!

  13. I almost reached a reading slump earlier this year because of all the average paranormal/dystopian books that I was reading and I was just getting over it and skimming and DNfing books. Then I concentrated on reading what I wanted to read, those books that were recommended by trusted reviewers that I hadn’t had time to read previously. That and fun, light contemporary books tend to pull me out of my slump. I hope you get over it soon!

    I really enjoyed Divergent with all of the chemistry between Theo & Shai, and omg. Theo was so hot.

  14. I’m not really familiar with reading slumps, but if I would be in one I think I would go with the flow. Do a lot of other things I enjoy (like watching TV shows/movies), I might pick up an old favorite and I would definitely let go of review books if I don’t feel like reading them.

  15. Tanja says:

    Aww I’m sorry to hear about your slump. Well I tend to stop reading for a while or try with a different genre. It works sometimes too. But yeah when I have a pile of ARCs it’s never as exciting as it seemed when I requested them. So yeah I get it. I really hope you’ll find a cure soon ;)

  16. Aww…so sorry to hear you’re in a reading slump Megan! :( To get out of reading slumps, I usually just reread some of my favorite books, and that usually gets me back on track. Hope you get out of it soon! xD Thanks for sharing! <3

  17. Awww a reading slump?? Sorry Megan, that must stink :( We all have our times… Maybe try rereading a favorite novel and then try getting back into the swing of things? I wish you the best of luck in getting out of it! Ooh thanks for the links to great posts :)

  18. When I need to get out of a slump I’ll read a book I want to read not a book I feel I “have” to read. Then I’m more likely to enjoy the reading which will then lead back into enjoying more books. I know what you mean – I think ARCs and receiving books can be detrimental to your reading experience sometimes because some of us start to view it as work instead of something we are doing for fun.

    So take a break from the review books and read whatever the heck you gosh darn want.

    I’m not ever going to read Divergent lol. But I’ll watch the movie.

  19. Asti says:

    That would really hurt, getting hit by a book like that. Poor guy.

    But hey! My advice? Do whatever the heck you want! If you’re really into Pandora Hearts right now, enjoy it! And if you really still want to blog even though you’re not reading, blog about Pandora Hearts! Or whatever else catches your fancy. I’m pretty sure I just read a post where someone else is going through something similar… Mitchii’s, I think? And yeah. You’re not alone. But I don’t think you should feel bad. Do what makes you happy! The books will always be there when you’re ready, and we’ll always be here no matter what <3<3

    And meh, Divergent. I thought it was okay. I'm not a huge fan of Shailene and Theo. Don't get me wrong, I thought Shailene was perfect for TFioS. But I wasn't sold on this one. And the romance between the two was SO cheesy imo! haha. But I guess maybe I'm just an old fart?

  20. Lyn Kaye says:

    When I hit a reading slump, I change gears and pick a new genre. I also try to include others, like letting people vote on what I should read next. It adds a certain mystery.

  21. I put the first volume of Pandora Hearts on hold at my library because of pretty art and you + Lesley :D HURRAH! Hopefully i will get sucked in, because I have been awful at keeping up with manga lately :(

    As for your reading slump, I am afraid I have no sage advice to offer you. I have never been in a really bad reading slump. The only thing I can suggest is read a book you have been ITCHING to read? Like, one tat you are so uber keen on that it trumps everything else in the TBR pile? It just might get you excited about reading again :D

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