If you are an avid reader, you have probably experienced a reading slump before or might even be in one right now. The major manifestations of a reading slump include the lack of interest and/or motivation to read or the inability to finish a book. Reading slumps can occur suddenly without a cause, as a result of a lengthy or boring book, or as a result of an amazing, emotionally exhausting book.
As an avid reader myself, I have been a victim of this phenomenon one too many times and am here to offer some tips to combat it. All of the tips include reading a book because I personally find that the key to getting out of a reading slump is to just read and, most importantly, to choose the right book to read.
Disclaimer: I think it’s important to remember that, for most people, reading is a hobby. It’s okay if you have no interest in reading. You can take your time to explore your other interests without feeling an obligation to read. This post is targeted towards those who can’t finish a book for any reason, but genuinely want to get back into reading.
💐 Read a Book in a Series 💐
Often times, books in series end with cliffhangers. I personally cannot stand cliffhangers and need to know what happens next, so I’m forced to pick up the next book in the series until I’ve read them all.
💐 Read a Book That is Known for Its Plot Twists 💐
This tip is closely related to the one before. I usually fly through books when they have many surprises because I need to know what happens next.
💐 Read an “Easy” Book 💐
Sometimes when I can’t finish a book, it’s because the writing is too old or wordy for me to grasp
*cough*classics*cough*. Picking up books with simpler writing, like a Young Adult book, may help you focus more on the plot instead of exerting all your energy into deciphering the text.
💐 Read a Short Book or Graphic Novel 💐
If you are having trouble committing yourself to a long book, start small. Graphic novels may be good for you because they are usually shorter than other books and not as text-heavy.
💐 Read a Book from Your Favorite Genre 💐
It is easy to get caught up in all the latest book releases and reading what everyone else in the online book community is reading. The trending books usually belong to the Young Adult Genre, which isn’t a bad thing, but sometimes you just have to return to your roots. In my case, that genre is Science Fiction.
💐 Read Someone’s Favorite Book 💐
This is usually my method for dragging myself out of a reading slump. I watch videos on Booktube or read blog posts about people’s favorite books and pick a book to read from there. I mean, if a book is someone’s favorite, there has to be a good reason for it.
Here are some posts where I mentioned my favorite books: My Favorite Books of 2017 (Part One), 5 of my Favorite Science Fiction and Fantasy Books, 5 of my Favorite Underrated Books, My Favorite Books of 2016.
I hope this is helpful! What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you have any other tips to get out of a reading slump? Have you used some of the methods I mentioned? Let me know 😊.