Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Reading Slumps

Picture this: I'm sitting in my new dorm room, and I've just finished reading a 30 page Aristotle essay, 25 pages about New Criticism, and multiple essays about feminism and intersectionality (Have I mentioned I love my women's studies class? I do). I finally have some free time! So I head over to my bookshelf and I... bypass it entirely and watch Netflix instead.

My classes this semester are so reading-heavy that I haven't been reading on my own that much (or at all, basically). I've just been staring at a book for two hours, so even if I really want to read a chapter or two of The Count of Monte Cristo, I can't make myself do it.

So, I guess I'm in what you could call a reading slump. Part of it is the classes, part of it is the feeling that I have to be socializing all the time, otherwise people will make friends without me (although, if they do, then I'd have more time for reading, so it's kind of a toss-up).

Basically, I've been wanting to read and also not wanting to read. The classic reading slump. And last weekend, it was--not broken, but definitely bent. I finished The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer. And it was enjoyable! I didn't like it as much as The Interestings, but it was definitely...interesting.

(Incidentally, my humor also seems to have gotten worse. Hmm.)

Anyway, I did enjoy the book, and I consider it a success. So, my tips for bending your reading slump? Read on the weekends. The homework is a lot more spaced out, so you aren't overloading your brain with reading all the time, plus you have more free time, so you're not losing out on sleep because of it (This tip does not apply to the weekends before midterms). Also, you can totally read and watch Netflix on the weekends. It's great.

Another thing that helped me was reading non-classic books. GASP, I know. I love them too, guys. But if I'm spending my school time reading Shakespeare and Descartes, then the last thing I want to do in my free time is read more tiny print written hundreds of years ago. But when I get a break from all this homework, I'm coming back for The Count of Monte Cristo. 

People here at college talk a lot about self-care, and for me, self-care is sometimes not reading. My eyes would be so bad if I read all the time. Of course, I'm still going to read. I just can't do it as much, especially with midterms and projects, etc. coming up. But don't worry. No matter what I'm doing, I'd still rather be reading.