I’ve been stuck in an awful reading slump this month which sucks because I was doing SO well in January and for a short time it felt like I was really making good progress with my Goodreads challenge. Now I find myself getting closer and closer to March with a really flimsy looking pile of books that I managed to complete, and a half way read stack resembling the Burj Khalifa – it is bad dawg!! It is not uncommon for bookworms to fall into a reading rut, and this has happened to me so many times in the past that I’ve lost count. When I find myself struggling to get back into reading, these are a few of the things I do to slay the slump:
READ SOMETHING FROM A DIFFERENT GENRE: There are times when I get stuck reading book after book from the same genre even when the books I read are terrible. I get stuck in this rut because the first few books were awesome and so I keep reading more to find stories that are as good. When I finally give up reading from that particular genre (after about the tenth book) I find it difficult to get back into reading again. When this happens, I try to read something from the complete opposite of the spectrum. It is important to mix things up, and I enjoy dipping my toes outside of my comfort zone – you tend to learn more about what your likes and dislikes are if you try something new.
STOP READING: By this I mean take a step back and stop reading completely. Give yourself a break from the books and do something else – maybe watch a movie or take a walk, do anything besides reading for a while. After enjoying a change of scenery, you will no doubt fall back into your books. Sometimes I need to clear my mind and give my brain a little room to breathe, and once this happens I could pick up anything and start reading again!
RE-READ: Sometimes I need to relax into a story that I’ve read before – it can be comforting when you know what awaits you. When I am finding it hard to get back into reading, I often pick up a book that I’ve already read and enjoyed. I re-read my favourite scenes or take in some of the passages that mean something to me; just so that I can be reading again. It helps when I am distracted by the overwhelming amount of books that I still want to read, and focus on enjoying a story instead of trying to get through as many stories as possible.
JUST READ: I know this goes against my second point, but it has been helping me a lot lately. After I take a short break from reading, I pick up a book I really want to complete and just immerse myself in the story. I know this doesn’t sound appealing, but basically I would force myself to read. I found that after I keep reading a few pages I can’t help but be interested in the plot and before I even realise what is happening, I would be halfway through the book. If it wasn’t for this then I probably wouldn’t have read a single book this month. But I finally completed Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire a few days ago because I forced myself to focus on getting it done! I ended up totally hooked and I really enjoyed the book! I am now on my third book for the month and I am doing much better with my slump!
REVIEW A BOOK: As you can tell by now, I love talking about books! I can have hour-long conversations about books because I am so passionate about reading and finding new ways to think about what I read. I don’t know a lot of people who share this passion with me so for this reason I would log onto Goodreads and review some of my recent reads. When I review a book I get to pick apart the content and express my feelings and thoughts, which gets me fired up to start another book soon. It also helps to clear my mind so that I can get over a book hangover and slay the slump! And while I’m on Goodreads I can quickly look at other users’ reviews and scout out my next read.
Do you have any tips for getting out of a reading slump?