Daydreaming Discussions: Book Slumps and Accountability List!

Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also, be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

I am pretty much going through a life slump, losing interest in everything I love and cherish. Reading and blogging are two of my utmost favourites and although I was sad that I was neither blogging nor reading, I couldn’t bring myself to start those things again. But deep down I knew I didn’t want to give up on these either, so I started again. At an extremely slow pace but nonetheless started again. So bear with me guys, don’t give up on me just yet.

I am listing down some of the techniques I think that work that helps in getting out of a slump:

Reread your favourite books

I am currently following this and it is actually helping. I have started with The Dark Artifices trilogy by Cassandra Clare and am currently on the second book now. I had already read book 1 and 2, so originally I intended to start with book 3 and I realised I forgot some of the key events. So, I thought rereading would be a good choice. I have always been a fan of the Shadowhunter world and diving back into this world is making me feel good. After finishing this series, I plan to start with The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff. Pretty much same story, I have forgotten major events in book 1 and 2 and I love this series to death. So will be rereading it!

So if you are in a book slump, try this out. It might be just for you.

Read a standalone

A standalone does not come with the baggage of a list of books. I also tried this with books such as Landline by Rainbow Rowel and Batman by Marie Lu and Catwoman by Sarah J. Maas. Expect Landline which I found a bit slow, I loved the rest of the standalone and it kinda motivated me to start with the rereading.

Read a feel-good or lighter book

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Try one of your favourite genres. If it’s romance, you can try lighthearted books like What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertali, Am I Normal Yet? and How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne… and there are a thousand others. Like, go pick up the mushiest mushy book you can find or… a stabby book or a creepy one. Take a peek at Goodreads or try one of your favourite authors. It usually works like a charm.

Take a break

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I did that. It was a long time. I didn’t want to do that anymore. So if you are not feeling like reading, give yourself a break and pick it up when you feel like it. 🙂

Since I have started with The Dark Artifices series, I thought I might well as list out the series I want to finish by the end of this year. I am personally not big on standalone and these series have been in my physical shelf for quite a long time now. So this is basically my accountability list. I genuinely hope I will be able to tick these off my list by December.

My Accountability List:

1. The Dark Artifices trilogy by Cassandra Clare

2. The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff

3. The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness

This series has been waiting in my shelf for waaaaaaaaaaaay too long. 😛

4. The Warcross duology by Marie Lu


So guys, are any of you in a slump right now? What method works the best for you if you are in a slump?

Are any of these books in your to-read list? What do you feel about rereading? Also, what are the books you plan to finish by the end of this damned year?

Daydreaming Discussions- Thoughts on Rereading.

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Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

Today’s topic is-

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Today I wanted to discuss how rereading affects our bookish life. So hear goes…

Pros-

1. Reignites our love for the book

When we reread a book, we fall in love with that book or series once again. Re-exploring those worlds, meeting our favourite characters is such a wonderful feeling.

I reread the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare a few months ago and boy I freaking loooved it so much!

2. The next book in the series is coming out

It’s the most common reason to reread a book, sometimes we can’t remember what actually happened in the previous book and the sequel is coming out pretty soon. It’s a good reason to reread the other books in the series because it jogs our memory otherwise the sequel feels like a jumbled mess of confusion.

Oh it happened to me before. I couldn’t find a single review or anything to remind me of the key ingredients of the previous book and I was mostly confused through the sequel. If you are like me and you easily forget details about a book, it’s better to reread the previous book(s) rather than be in confusion which stops us from enjoying the sequel as well.

3. Old favourites can surprise

If you are in a book slump or perhaps don’t have any new books by your side (I know… this rarely happens! but…), it’s a good time to reread an old favourite. It brings back a level of comfort and also our happy place.

4. More Insight

Before I started blogging, I don’t think I used to read critically but after I joined the bookish community, a lot of my bookish habits have changed, so reading a book the second or third time definitely gives a different perspective about the book and we can look at it with a new insight.

5. Movie adaptation is coming out

I usually read the book just before the movie comes out and it’s so much fun to watch after reading the book. But if a book has been read a long time before the movie, rereading helps to refresh our memory.

Cons-

1. You already know what’s coming next

Even if we have forget most of the part, when we start rereading some parts start coming back so it doesn’t remain as thrilling or exciting as the first time.

2. You may end up disliking it

Unfortunately this happens. Sometimes rereading a book after a lot of years may not give you the same feelings that you felt all those years ago and you may end up disliking the book or even hating it. 😦

For example, I want to reread the House of Night series but seriously it’s sooo long, it’s twelve freaking books but I am also afraid I may not harbour the same feelings towards the book I did all those years ago, so I don’t think I am going to be rereading that series anytime soon.

3. Time Consuming

Reading is time consuming and rereading is definitely more so. Who has the time to reread a book when there are countless books joining our TBR pile every day? It’s such a valid reason and I have used this one as well because seriously soooo many books, so less time.

Conclusion-

It all comes down to our personal preference. I reread a book if it’s my absolute favourite and if reading that book again brings me a certain amount of joy. This is also a big reason why I prefer binge reading a series because then I don’t have to reread, so my time saves and I don’t forget the key details as well.

But if I loved a book, then I’ll definitely come back to it, no matter what.


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So guys, what do you think about rereading? Do you love rereading or do you rarely do it? What are the some books you would love to reread?