Let’s face it, reading slumps are a reader’s worst nightmare. No matter how hard you try, you can’t read. It’s just utterly frustrating. But the good news is: reading slumps don’t last forever. There are ways out of the rut. Here are some of the ways that will (hopefully) help you reignite your passion for reading:
1. Start With Something Short
Reading shorter works is the perfect way to re-invigorate your reading habits. When you’re in a reading rut, the worst thing you can probably do is reach for the largest book on your self (reading Ulysses isn’t probably the best idea). Instead, try to pick up something short, like a poem, a short story, or a novella.
2. Try Out Something New
Sometimes, it’s helpful to leave your comfort zone. Look for books outside your current TBR pile. Maybe try out a new genre or a new author. Are you a fiction lover? Perfect, try out non-fiction. Only reading romance? Just take a plunge into mystery. Leaping into the unknown is a sure way to reignite your love of reading.
3. Reread Your Favorite Book
If you don’t feel like reading a new book, you can just as well revisit an old favorite of yours. Rereading a book you know you love surely helps you rediscover your love of reading. If you want to make it more exciting, maybe try to read the book through a different lens. For example, if you’re reading crime fiction and already know who’s the murderer, try to look for cues that you didn’t notice upon your first reading.
4. Switch to Audiobooks
If you don’t feel concentrated enough to read a story, why not just listen to it? Audiobooks are a great alternative for anyone struggling to summon the energy to read. Just lean back and let someone else do the reading for you.
5. Watch a Movie Adaptation
Personally, whenever I watch a great film adaptation, I’m curious to read the original story and vice versa. Most of the times, the book will be much more detailed. It’s like bonus material. If you’ve liked the film, grab the book and see how the two versions of the story compare to each other.
6. Ask for Recommendations
Perks of being a book blogger: you find recommendation everywhere. The more bloggers you follow, the better. Look out for review posts, monthly favorites, or use the search function on WordPress to find posts on particular genres or authors. I always get plenty of inspiration from these posts and I’m sure you’ll do, too. If you want to know what my favorites are, feel free to check out the books section on my blog.
7. Don’t Pressure Yourself
Sometimes you just need a reading break. And that’s totally fine. Don’t push yourself to read just because you want to reach your Goodreads goal. Instead, go and do something completely different. Think of it as a reading vacation: Take a week or two off and get back to reading with renewed energy.
Most importantly, don’t let your reading slump ruin your love of reading. They happen to the best of us and even if they seem to last forever, don’t worry–the time will come when you won’t be able to put a book down again.
What are your tips? What book(s) have helped you out of a reading slump? Let me know in the comment section below!