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These posts, pulled from a variety of online sources, capture our unhealthy intense love of literature.

Three Tips for Getting Out of a Reading Slump

I have been an avid reader ever since I first learned my ABCs.  On Saturdays, my mother would take my brothers and I to our local library and allow us to check out all the books we wanted to read that week…which, for me, was as many children’s books as my tiny arms could carry.

I was a voracious reader as a child and am even more ravenous as an adult.  But even the most passionate lifelong reader can lose steam from time to time.  For me, it usually happens after I finish a truly exceptional novel and can’t bring myself to start another because I’m unmotivated to move on. This feeling usually goes away after a week or so but every now and then, the feeling lingers.  When I am unable to start a new book after several weeks, I officially consider myself to be in a reading slump. Oh, the turmoil!

In recent years I’ve learned how to pull myself out of these slumps.  The following tips have helped me regain focus and recharge my love of reading.  I hope they can be helpful to other readers experiencing the same:

1) Switch Genres. If you typically read sci-fi, switch to historical fiction. If your reading queu is filled with literary fiction, try a romance novel. If lengthy world literature is your modus operandi, explore a collection of short stories. Whatever you do, shake things up!  For me, short stories are are great for getting out of a book slump because they allow exploration of new authors without committing to reading an entire novel.

2) Leave it to fate. In other words, allow someone else or something else to choose what you read next. That could mean picking up a title completely at random, joining a book club, or simply taking a friend up on her most recent reading recommendation. Removing the need to make a decision is a great way to get back into the swing of things. Sometimes having no choice gives you the freedom to read without bias. Having little to no expectations for a book opens up the opportunity to be surprised and appreciate something you may not have read on your own.

3) Choose a different medium of expression.  There are many ways to tell a story – theater, music, film. Different artistic forms of expression can inspire creativity and unique perspective.  In fact, Somali-British poet Warsan Shire is responsible for bringing me out of my most recent book slump and inspiring me to read a novel in my book queu written by another East African author.  This tactic may inspire you to read an old favorite with new eyes or to explore and appreciate a lesser known author or avant-garde writing style.

If the above tips don’t work, simply taking a break from reading for a while. Great books have a magical way of finding you when you aren’t looking!

Happy reading…

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The Bibliophile: What Kind Of Reader Are You?

We just read the Atlantic Wire’s “What Kind of Reader Are You?” and, after laughing at our own expense, finally come to terms with who we are as readers.  What kind of readers are The Afro-Librarians?

She, as a child, was a “Cross-Under Reader”.  She was often told that her reading selections were “too adult” but rebelled (If sneaking books into the house can be considered rebellion) by reading them anyway.  As an adult, she is classified as a “Chronological Reader” who has yet to find a method to her madness.

He is a classic “Book Buster”.  His home is filled with books and he takes pleasure in both his traditional and non-traditional bookshelves.  His love of books is physically evident as most of the books he owns are heavily underlined, highlighted and dog-eared.  Suffice it to say that he loves his books to death.

Check out the article and identify yourself.  What kind of reader are you?

http://m.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2012/08/what-kind-book-reader-are-you-diagnostics-guide/56337/

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The Bibliophile: Are You An Addict?

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I found myself relating to more of these posts than I would have liked.  Check them out!  Hopefully someone will assure me that I’m not alone . . .

http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/signs-youre-addicted-to-books-reading

http://www.buzzfeed.com/harpercollins/17-problems-only-book-lovers-will-understand-9npd

http://www.buzzfeed.com/hollymarie/12-signs-youre-really-into-your-book-ee6l

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