I think every reader has been there. They adore books, have a pile of books they were all keyed up to read, couldn’t wait to find the time to rip into them. And then suddenly a book slump falls on them like a ton of bricks. And knocks all that enthusiasm for reading right out of you. What’s a book lover to do? I have a few suggestions that have worked for me in the past.
How to Burst Through A Reading Slump:
Don’t fear abandoning books. If a certain book is driving you further into that slump, then put it away. It’s not worth it. There are too many other books out there, that might become new favourites, to be spending time with a book that is ruining reading for you.
Re-read a favourite book. It doesn’t matter if it’s a childhood favourite or a more recent favourite but spending time with a book you already love and taking a trip down book-memory lane can enough to revive you.
Try a new genre. So often troupes in genres can exhaust us. So switch it up, try something completely different. You might just find a whole new category of books to love. If you need further convincing, check out why I love genre hopping.
Rearrange your book shelves. You’ll rediscover forgotten treasures, maybe even books you bought but never got around to reading and looking at all your beloved covers might just ward of the slump. And if not, well at least your bookshelves are in order now!
Do a buddy read. Try reading with friends and sharing updates via twitter, goodreads or whatsapp. Turning the read into more of a social event and hashing it all out with a buddy is another way of mixing things up and turning reading back into fun.
Create a To-Be-Read Jar so that the choosing of the book becomes a fun event in itself. Stick in names of books you want to read soon and randomly pick one. I sometimes make a best of 3 so that I still have choice!
Talk to Trish! Have you ever been in a book slump? How did you get out of it? Are you in one right now, if so will you try any of my suggestions?