Thrillers and reading slumps. If you’re passionate about thriller books or reading in general, then chances are you’ve experienced a reading slump a time or two in your life.
But what do you do when that slump lasts for weeks or even (gulp!) months?
Getting over a reading slump
Different slumps may need different plans of attack. For me, the slump was in part because life was so chaotic and I was in a place of personal transition (no death, divorce or other disasters, just an increase in focus/energy in my day job). I just didn’t feel like I had enough mental space left to take on anything new.
I tried though. I picked up book after book, hoping that it would be “the one” but then set most aside after only a few chapters. Sometimes I read and re-read paragraphs without retaining any of the information before setting the book aside.
What finally worked was two-fold. First, I immersed myself in an old hobby that I’d put on the back burner for a long time (more about that later) and second, I cleared out my space physically.
I talk about this in the video above and you can see from my nearly-empty shelves that I did a pretty significant book purge. I gave away a lot of the books that I’d collected in previous book hauls.
Minimalism and Book Collection
When reading is your passion, collecting books is a lot of fun. Every time we go on vacation or I’m visiting a new town, I gravitate toward the bookstores/thrift shops in search of books to adopt.
I’ve often been envious of people like Cameron Chaney, who have whole rooms dedicated to books. An in-home library sounds like a dream come true to most of us bibliophiles.
But when you live in a small space, it’s easy for it to begin feeling cramped and cluttered. I’m a little like Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde. I love books and want them around me. Books are my friends. Who doesn’t want friends waiting to spend time with you on a whim?
On the other hand, I hate clutter and feel uneasy in spaces that are too crowded. What this usually looks like is me purging books periodically (yes, even some that I bought and didn’t read), and passing them along to someone who will enjoy them.
I’m trying something new on my shelves now: dedicating a single shelf to fiction TBR books. I can get new (used) books anytime, but have to let another one go when I do–the old, “one in, one out” principle. We’ll see how it goes!
I would love to hear your best tips for dealing with book storage and not ending up with overfilled rooms.
Thriller Book Recommendation: Joy Fielding
Love it when I pick up a book by a new-to-me author and fall in love with their style of writing. That’s what happened recently. I actually found Joy Fielding’s book, Whispers and Lies, during the recent book clear out. I read the inside flap and the first paragraph and was instantly hooked.
Terry Painter is a 40-something-year-old nurse whose mother–her sole relative–recently passed away after years of illness. Terry rents out the cottage behind her house to Alison, a beautiful, vivacious and impulsive young woman who has a mysterious past.
Friends of Alison’s start hanging around the house. Money goes missing at Terry’s work after Alison visits. And strange sounds and overheard conversations begin to make Terry wonder if Alison is the new best friend she believes her to be.
I’m over halfway done this book and love the blend of sensual writing that makes you feel like you’re right there in Delray, FL, and the undercurrent of suspense.
Have you read any of Joy Fielding’s other thrillers? I’d love recommendations if you have any.
PS: Stay posted…the YouTube channel is undergoing a change and I’m really excited to pair my love of books with another love (or two) that will be featured there soon.
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