Ah yes, the reading slump. We’ve all experienced it one way or another. And right now, I’m stuck in the middle of the biggest one I’ve ever been in.
I remember the days I’d read one, two, or even three books a day – and for some reason I’d always been able to find time.
But then college started, and a bunch of other things started to take precedent: school, TV shows, games, and I stopped reading altogether. And proof of that is this: the last review I posted was a whole 22 days ago.
It sucked. I’d open up a book, and a few pages in, something would distract me and I wouldn’t touch another one for a few weeks. I just couldn’t concentrate.
But I just finished Geekerella and although I didn’t love it, I reminded myself how much I loved reading as a whole. So I’ve compiled a few ways to get out of a reading slump – maybe dabble in a few of them and see what works for you.
- Reread an old favorite. (My go-to reread is the Harry Potter series!)
- Read a book you know you’d hate. (Hatred is a powerful emotion. It fills me with adrenaline and I could hate a book with all my heart, but want to finish it just so I could write a scathing review.)
- Listen to an audiobook. (I used to hate on audiobooks and call them cop-outs, but they’re actually really soothing.)
- Watch the movie, then read the book. (Scandalous, I know. Personally I’d never do this, but it might work.)
- Read some fanfiction. (It could give you the story you’ve been craving.)
- Read something on Wattpad or Fictionpress. (The best books aren’t always books.)
- Read something targeted towards a younger audience. (It’ll poke at your brain a little, but you won’t need to think so much.)
- Read something easy. (This goes along with the previous one: sometimes I just read a chick lit because they’re fun and easy to read, and I can burn through one in a few hours.)
- Write something. (Being in a reading slump doesn’t mean you’re also in a writing slump. And maybe you could inspire yourself.)
- Power through. (Seriously. Set a deadline. Go to a coffee shop. Put on those headphones. And open that book. Finish it no matter what. Maybe you won’t hate it as much as you expected to.)
- Baby steps. (A chapter a day. A page a day. Anything. Go slow and maybe at some point you’ll start getting into it.)
- Buddy read. (There’s a much larger feeling of commitment if there’s someone else on the other end. And it’s fun to discuss!)
- Try a novella. (They’re short and fast, but give you the same feeling of accomplishment when you’re done with it.)
- Read book reviews. (You’re not actually reading the book – but the reviews might make you want to.)
- Go to the library or the bookstore. (You’ll want to buy something. Trust me. Do it.)
- Browse Goodreads. (It’s a site I can be on for hours, and it always reignites my love for reading, if only for a few hours.)
- Return to ancient times. (As in, turn off the computer. And the phone. And the tablets. Lock yourself in some medieval dungeon for 24 hours. You can only have a book with you. I guarantee you’ll start reading.)
- Take a break. (It’s a bit counter-intuitive, for sure. How do you start reading? Don’t read. But a little break might help you clear your head, and then you can jump right in.)
- Talk to someone about a book you love/hate. (Ranting or fangirling always gets your blood boiling and your heart pumping, and it’s a way to get back into it and remind yourself how much emotion reading has made you feel.)
- Read books with illustrations. (Like Harry Potter’s illustrated versions. Just to see how beautiful reading can be.)
Anyways, I hope this list helped! If there’s anything that worked for you that isn’t on it, feel free to drop it in the comments below.