Thursday, September 11, 2014

State of Mind

With a new semester at a new school and living in a new apartment, I'm beat. When I'm not in class I don't feel like doing anything besides sleeping. That means I have no energy left to read for pleasure or to write about what I'm reading, and that makes me feel sluggish and not my normal self (kinda like going through a day without your morning beverage of choice.)

Which is one of the weird things about college, it's marketed as the time in your life where you discover what you're good at and what you enjoy, but it also makes it impossible to do those things. And I know the next year is going to be even busier with school, and then after that I have at least two years of grad school.

Thinking about all of this time that I won't have the energy or free time to do something that I truly enjoy has left me a little depressed with a "why even bother to read, I only have twenty free minutes" attitude, But I think the best cure for this problem is to... read!

To get myself out of this slumpy mindset, I plan on rereading some of my favorite books, After finishing the book I'm reading now, (Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas which is amazing but almost six hundred pages long!) I plan to pick up the rest of the books on my rereads of 2014 list (You can see my mid-year update here.) So that means I will be reading one of my all time favorite books The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. Not only is this one of my favorite books, but it fits my situation all too perfectly right now, Esther I feel ya girl! My second reread I have planned is The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. 

Knowing that I plan to reread some of my favorite books helps motivate me to read with those extra twenty minutes that I would previously use to just lay in bed.

What do you do to get out of a reading slump or even a life slump?
Leave me your tips!


  1. I hear ya with the slumps. I didn't blog while I was in college/law school but I had points when all I wanted to do was stare at walls (Yes, I really relate to Plath in The Bell Jar as well) I'm currently coming out of a reading slump - I just had to ignore the towering TBR pile of what I thought I SHOULD read versus what I WANTED to read (not possible when you're an English major - I know, that was my undergrad) also trashy movies and television can help. :)

    I'm still in a blogging slump and kind of clueless on how to solve it. But that seems to be something going around, maybe it's in the air. A few bloggers that I'm close with are planning a literary analysis blogging adventure in the hopefully near future - though, I don't know if that will hold a lot of intrigue for you since I'm sure you're doing plenty of literary analysis for school. :)

    1. It's good to hear I'm not the only with crushed spirits as a result of college. Netflix and MTV have been great lately. It's so nice to just let your brain do nothing for a while!
      I would love to read literary analysis from some bloggers, because that's not something I see very often in the blogging world and something that I would love to do, but I feel like the general reader would be bored by it (and I can't really blame them for that).
      Perhaps the change in seasons is throwing everyone off!
      thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts.

  2. I know I would have enjoyed college much more if I could have gone ten years later. I was just floundering around at the time. Hang in there, is won't last forever. I'm glad you can still find time to read by choice at least.

    Making an opportunity to connect to bloggers with more literary analysis would be a great idea, I think.

    1. Thanks for the encouragement!
      I agree about the literary analysis. I think it wouldn't have as wide of an audience as regular book reviews, but those who did read the posts and write them would be truly passionate about them, which is a beautiful thing!