Tips for Overcoming a Reading Slump

I was texting one of my friends the other day (Hi Grace!) and she was talking about how she wanted to start reading more books again. Naturally, I was like, yes do this now! She said that she has the problem of falling into reading slumps after she reads a book she didn’t like. I feel like this is something a lot of us can relate to, so I decided to write this post to help her and other people out. (Also I’ve kind of been in a slump lately so these tips are reminders for me too lol.) Reading slumps really are the worst, so I hope some of these tips help!

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Pick Books That Read Faster

Yeah, I couldn’t really think of a heading that made sense, so that’s what I went with lol. You know what I mean though, right? You just read some books quicker than others. For example, it always takes me forever to read fantasy. I’m reading Caraval right now which isn’t even that long but I keep feeling like I’m making no progress in it which is really discouraging. On the other hand, I read thrillers really quickly. This is super motivating when you’re recovering from a reading slump. What’s easiest for you to read will probably differ from person to person.

Obviously shorter books will generally by quicker reads, but you could also try books written in poetry format. I recommend Saving Red by Sonya Sones and Solo by Kwame Alexander. Also reading fast-paced books can really be a life saver. I remember I read Zero Day by Jan Gangsei over Thanksgiving break one year and it got me into a big reading mood. It was pretty short and the plot moved really fast so it was a lot of fun to read.

Start a New Series

I feel like the Selection was one of those series that got everyone into reading in middle school. Like, even people who don’t read ate it up. Find a series like that. One you just want to devour. I promise your reading slump will be gone. Other great examples are The Hunger Games and Gallagher Girls. (This totally isn’t an excuse to spread my Gallagher Girl obsessed propaganda. Well, it isn’t just that. I promise it actually works too.)

Check Out Reading Accounts on Social Media

This is super helpful if you can’t find the motivation to read. Watching other people read on Bookstagram, BookTok, or Booktube is super encouraging for me. If you’d like me to do a post about my favorite bookish accounts, let me know down below! This is also a great way to find new books to read. Feel free to check out my Bookstagram here.

Reread a Comfort Book

We all have those books that make us feel like little kids again. They give you that fuzzy nostalgic feeling. It might be that book you’ve already reread countless times, or it might just be a book that has a lot of good memories attached to it. For me, it’s probably The Princess Bride by William Goldman. I’ve only read it once, but I’ve seen the movie more times than I can count (or care to admit lol). One winter break I watched it three times. It’s the best movie ever btw and no, that’s not debatable.

Honestly, I don’t even know how good the movie is because it has so much nostalgia attached to it I really can’t view it objectively, but the book and screenplay were both written by Golding so they’re basically exactly the same. In other words, it’s the ultimate comfort book. Well, it’s my ultimate comfort book. What’s yours? Let me now down below. I’d love to hear all about it.

Change it Up!

Sometimes you just need a change of pace. If you usually read eBooks, try out a physical book or vice versa. If you just cannot focus when you sit down to read (which is usually my problem when I’m in a reading slump, try out an audiobook. Do you always read romance? Try out a fantasy novel. Okay I think you get the point by now, so I’m going to move on to the next point.

Buddy Read

Read a book with a friend! This is super fun. It also motivates you to actually read the book since someone else is counting on you lol. There are also lots of opportunities for buddy reads and book clubs on Goodreads if you don’t have many bookish friends in real life. Also just joining some of the Groups on Goodreads can be really motivating since many people share about the books they read on there. Plus it’s a great place to find book recs that’ll demolish your reading slump.

Be Patient with Yourself

At the end of the day, we all go through reading slumps so don’t be too hard on yourself. Sometimes nothing seems to work and you just have to wait out the storm. And remember, the storm will pass. Soon you’ll be back to reading like it’s nobody’s business so don’t get too stressed out about it.

I hope you got something out of this post or at least enjoyed reading it. I really enjoyed writing it. I mean, I got to slip in rants about how awesome Gallagher Girls and The Princess Bride are, so it was definitely a win for me. If you have any other tips for recovering from a reading slump, make sure to share them for everyone down below! Also if you’re looking for more tips on how to make a habit of reading, make sure to check out my post, How to Read More. It has some more tips that would probably help kick a reading slump. As always, I hope this post finds you well and you’re having a great day!

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