A big reading slump more due to work than anything else. So…let’s talk about reading slumps!

Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I read so much Robin Hobb, and almost exclusively Robin Hobb, this month. At first I was utterly enamored, but as I move into the third and final novel in the series, I’ve found various things that don’t quite suit me. These novels are often very slow-paced, and the main character, who starts the series as a child, continues to act like one with little character development despite making an impressive (though not unscathed) passage through traumatic events.

I’ll post a full review of the series once I’m done.


I’m still making my way through Assassin’s Quest and On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, both novels I thought I’d read in April. But the truth is I’m really busy with other things right now, and I have no doubt that later this year I will have a phase where I read copious books in one month.

I think this is the way reading works—or should work—for some people. And I worry that Goodreads plus the culture of people telling you to “read every night” or “read consistently” makes it a shameful thing to go through a reading slump.

I’ve gone weeks without reading before. It doesn’t make me any less of a reader. But I’m curious—what’s your longest reading slump?

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