How To Burst Through a Reading Slump!

December 3, 2015 Bookish chat 38

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.

 

burst through a reading slump

 

How to Burst Through A Reading Slump:

check markDon’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.

check markRe-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.

check markTry 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.

check markRearrange 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!

check markDo 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.

check markWatch some book tie-in films. That way you are still doing something bookish which always appeals to me. Plus it reminds me of how much better the book always is!   Goodbye movie, hello book!

check markCreate 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!

check markDon’t stress about it. There is more to life than books (deep breath, hard to admit but it’s true!) so go enjoy other stuff. Your books will be there for you when you are ready to return to them.

 

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?

 

 

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38 Responses to “How To Burst Through a Reading Slump!”

    • trish

      I’m mid slump now but I am kind of looking forward to the feeling of having to read everything! That sounds so much better than a slump 😀

    • trish

      Binge watching shows works for me! I’m in a slump right now and have decided to rewatch some of my favourite series which isn’t getting me back in the reading zone but I’m ok with a little break.

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow

    Great ideas! I have been in a bit of a slump, mostly because of review books I requested that haven’t engaged me…and the option to DNF is not there.

    So I’ve been putting them off and reading other books, which works…until the deadline arrives, and I still haven’t read the books. Yikes! So I quickly read and review them and decide not to request any more books from unknown authors. Ever! Or at least not for a while.

    I like the idea of the TBR Jar, too, as I have a lot of books from 2014 on my Kindle, and can’t decide which ones to choose first.

    Thanks!
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    • trish

      I’m in a slump too Laurel but I’m not sure what caused it. Not loving review books is definitely something I can identify with though.
      And haha I’ve (unsuccessfully!) made that pledge too but then again some of unexpectedly great reads have come from just that category.

    • trish

      I’m mid slump right now 🙁 And I’m doing both of those things. I’m listening to an old favourite on audio but apart from that I’m taking a break and it is working. I’m not putting myself under pressure though, I know it will pass.

    • trish

      A TBR jar is so quick to do and I love the fun element that it adds to choosing the book. And buddy reads are nice now and again, I’ve learnt not to do too many though as they can be time consuming.

    • trish

      I love the TBR jar as it adds a random feel to my read and that is just what I need sometimes. I wish I reread more these days but it rarely happens.

  2. Lola

    Luckily I don’t have bookish slumps that often, but these are all great tips! DNF’ing a book is still hard for me at times, but I am trying to get better at it and put a book away when I am not enjoying it. I tried out two new to me genres this year and it’s awesome getting into a new genre as all the books feel so different from what I’ve read before. It’s exciting!

    When I was new to goodreads I loved to do buddy reads, but as I became more of a moodreader I did them less and less as then I once said I would buddy read a book with someone and then we both didn’t feel like reading it anymore once we were supposed to start. But it would be fun to do a buddy read now and then. I like being able to talk about a book with someone else.

    And doing another hobby can also do wonders when I am in a book slump. Great post!
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    • trish

      I’ve no bother DNF’ing a book as my reading time is so limited and I need to maximise it with books that I’m enjoying. New genres ARE exciting, I love when I discover one and find lots of new books to read that really rock my boat.
      I’m not great at buddy reads but they are fun from time to time.

  3. Rita @ View From My Home

    This post resonates big-time with me now because I just came back after becoming disenchanted with book blogging, stopping, and thinking of doing something else in its place such as taking an online college course, or taking up another hobby such as crocheting, which doesn’t work with my early-onset arthritic hands.

    So… I came back to the place where I feel comfortable and have fun. But my available books didn’t grab me and I feared that maybe I wouldn’t be able to come back. I just opened my Kindle and started at the first title (they are randomly arranged there) and tried it out. After maybe as many as six put-aside-for-laters (it’s not you, it’s me designation) I found a book that held my interest, and then I got my mojo back. The next five books flowed. Not sure why it worked this way, but having success with a very good book sparked my enthusiasm for more. I only read about 6 books since leaving blogging and then returning but it’s the quality, not the quantity, that counts. I need to keep that in mind next time I panic over having no new book to chat about. 🙂
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    • trish

      I’ve had lots of reading slumps in the last year and I’m finding that reading less ARCs is working best for me. The thoughts of being obliged to write a review was weighing me down as I often left them for a while and then they became a chore. Now I’m reading less and still reviewing every book but knowing I don’t HAVE to makes all the difference.
      I like your method of trying a book and moving on if it doesn’t work, at least that way you have more chances of hitting on the right book for that mood.
      PS – sorry for the months too late reply, I’m just trying to catch up on older comments that slipped by me!

  4. Maureen Beatrice

    Fortunately for me I haven’t had many book slumps. When I do have one I try to rearrange my schedule a little so I can read a book I really want to at that moment. Or sometimes I re-read Harry Potter. Those books always seem to work for me.

    I love the idea of a To-Be-Read Jar. I’m definitely going to try that one sometimes. 😉
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    • trish

      I’m always on for a Harry Potter re-read! Lucky that book slumps aren’t really an issue for you Maureen, I hope it stays that way 🙂

      PS – sorry for the months too late reply, I’m just trying to catch up on older comments that slipped by me!

  5. Lark

    Totally needed this post last month when I couldn’t seem to make myself read anything. I like your suggestions about rearranging your bookshelves and watching a bookish film. I’d also add: get more sleep! It’s usually when I’m tired or stressed that I can’t seem to stick with a book. Great post as always. 🙂
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    • trish

      I’m the same when I’m tired or stressed, I find it hard to focus on a book. Other bookish tie-ins can seem easier then.

      PS – sorry for the months too late reply, I’m just trying to catch up on older comments that slipped by me!

    • trish

      I’ve been hit by a series of reading slumps in the past 12 months so I know how much they suck.

      PS – sorry for the months too late reply, I’m just trying to catch up on older comments that slipped by me!

    • trish

      I don’t read a lot of short stories but I do think they’d be perfect to turn to in a slump. I must remember that next time one hits!

      PS – sorry for the months too late reply, I’m just trying to catch up on older comments that slipped by me!

  6. Laura@125Pages

    So true! I have been trying to get through this one book since Halloween and am just not feeling it. I put it down for a while and read a bunch of different reads and am now ready to pick it back up again. I also have what I call comfort reads (those books you re-read over and over for the feels) and will always turn to one of those in a slump as I know it is a guaranteed good read. 🙂
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    • trish

      I have comfort books too and they are great ones to turn to in a slump. I think knowing I can relax into the book already knowing the story helps.

      PS – sorry for the months too late reply, I’m just trying to catch up on older comments that slipped by me!

    • trish

      And goodness knows those shelves always need to be rearranged!

      PS – sorry for the months too late reply, I’m just trying to catch up on older comments that slipped by me!

  7. Bookworm Brandee

    These are great ideas, Trish! I love doing buddy-reads – it’s fun to be able to talk about a book you’re reading with someone who’s reading it at the same time. And I love genre hopping as well. 🙂 I don’t re-read because it makes me feel guilty but perhaps giving myself permission to re-read would be a beneficial thing! I love, love the idea of the TBR jar. I think I’m going to do that for 2016! Thanks so much for sharing, Trish! 😀
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    • trish

      I hope you tried out the TBR jar Brandee, it’s a fun thing to do now and again to add some book serendipity into your life 😀 And buddy reads are fun and making reading less solitary.

      PS – sorry for the months too late reply, I’m just trying to catch up on older comments that slipped by me!

  8. Topaz @ Six Impossible Things

    I adore this post, Trish! Reading slumps are truly the worst, but I think there is nothing lovelier than overcoming one and immersing ourselves in the bookish world once more. I just got over a horrific reading slump by rereading one of my absolute favourite childhood books, so there is one tip that is already working for me. 😉 Lovely post, as always! xx
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    • trish

      Oh that’s so true Topaz, coming back in to the fold after a slump is fab! It’s like when you’ve been sick and then you suddenly really appreciate your health when you’re better. And childhood favs always work for me, they are such a comfort read.

      PS – sorry for the months too late reply, I’m just trying to catch up on older comments that slipped by me!

    • trish

      Hope you won’t be needing the tips and the slumps keep away!

      PS – sorry for the months too late reply, I’m just trying to catch up on older comments that slipped by me!

    • trish

      Aw it sucks when they drag on Daniela. Mine usually pass when I find the right book. Hopefully yours is a distant memory by now though 🙂

      PS – sorry for the months too late reply, I’m just trying to catch up on older comments that slipped by me!

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