I’ll say it again: READING SLUMPS ARE THE WORST!
Everything slows down. Your mood drops. You’re reading less. And you have to deal with reality instead of spending all day in the beautiful lands of the fae or riding dragons through blue skies peppered with fluffy clouds or learning magic spells from a grizzly-bearded old wizard.
Every reader has a different method to deal with the evil menace that is reading slumps. But other methods are worth trying to get back on track.
Here are 3 tricks I do to get out of a reading slump:
[ONE] Read a short book.
Short books – typically under 250-300 pages depending on what you consider is a short book – I can get through quickly in 1-3 days. I usually pick up a middle grade novel that’s on my TBR, a graphic novel, or manga. It’s during these times I get to catch up on manga I need to read or decrease the amount of books on my TBR.
[TWO] Re-read an old favorite.
I don’t often use this method because usually option 1 works. Re-reading a book that you really enjoyed is perhaps the funniest way to get back to consistent reading. It’s nostalgic like visiting an old friend you haven’t seen in a while.
[THREE] Read a guilty pleasure.
For me, it’s romance novels. I m a hopeless romantic so reading an adorable romance always shifts things for me. It’s a nice reprieve from whatever is going on in reality or if I’d recently read several books that are heavy, taxing, or emotionally draining.
These are my preferred methods against reading slumps. As before, these are ways that work for me and may not be your cup of tea. But feel free to try them! I hope these suggestions help in some way or other.
If you find yourself at a loss and nothing is helping, reach out to the book blogging or bookstagram community for ideas. These communities are filled with nice book people who would be more than happy to lend a hand.