It’s been a little more than a month since school ended and I’ve been faced with a major book slump.
As of now, I simply prefer to watch television shows – something I rarely do – than read.
I know, like what?!
I think I know what the main cause of my dreaded reading slump is: the setting I’m reading books in.
What do you mean, you’ll most likely say.
Yes, the main reason for my book slump is the setting, specifically the setting I’m reading in.
During the long school year, I mainly read on the subway because my commute to college is long. Reading on the subway also easily helps me avoid eye contact with strangers and there are rarely any distractions on the subway if you can ignore people begging/singing on the subway for money. Sure, riding the subway is bumpy and that makes it hard for me to take notes, but I still enjoy reading on the subway anyway.
However, now that it’s summer vacation, I read mostly at home because I don’t have a long commute to college anymore. This leads me to a problem: There’s so many other things to do at home besides reading. I can watch movies online, stay up nearly all night watching television, or even play games. I get easily distracted while reading at home from wanting to have a drink of water to organizing my desk.
To get rid of this dreaded book slump, I’ve even tried reading outside in my backyard, but that didn’t really help me either. Mosquitoes love me and my dog will bother me any moment he gets. I also hate squinting at the book because of the sun’s glare.
So what about you? Does reading in the wrong setting cause you to be in a book slump?