Hello readers! Today, I want to share some of my tips for how to get out of a reading slump.
I personally get a 2-3 month long reading slump every single year. This month, I am currently in one and this is the first time I have actively fought it. I don’t want to stop reading, but I just don’t feel like it right now.
I am a vigorous reader. I think I read more than the average book lover. So, it is hard for me to have a giant reading slump every year. I love reading and I love reading as much as I usually do. However, we all hit reading slumps and we have to overpower them.
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Tip #1: Audiobooks
Listen to audiobooks. I don’t just mean listen to them in general. I mean, listen to audiobooks when you are doing mundane tasks. Outside of this blog, I homeschool my bonus child. So, I am always doing things around the house. When I am doing laundry, doing the dishes, or any household chore, I always listen to an audiobook. Of course, you might not get in quite as many books as usual, but you will still be reading!
Tip #2: Genres Matter
Personally, I cannot read certain genres during a reading slump. I think it is important to go for easy to digest stories. For instance, romance, contemporary, or even thrillers. I think audiobooks of thrillers are the best thing for a reading slump. A thriller will make you intrigued to pick it up more and more. I just recommend staying within your comfort zone until the slump blows over.
Tip #3: DNF EVERYTHING
This may seem counterproductive, but I think it is extra important to be picky during a slump. If you aren’t feeling a book within the first 5 pages, drop it and find a new one. There is no use trying to trudge through a book that you aren’t interested in from the get go. It doesn’t have to be a permanent DNF, just a DNF for the time being, until you are out of that slump.Save on New Books!
Tip #4: Set Small Goals
When I first hit my reading slump, I was reading an ARC. I can’t just not read it. So, I decided to read 10% of the ebook each day. I read the 10% early on in the morning, so I was still getting it done. However, you could set a goal for one chapter, or ten pages, whatever will work for you!
Tip #5: Graphic Novels and Mangas
Graphic novels have been my best friend this month. They are short and visual. I just started the Lumberjanes series, and I am loving it! It doesn’t take as much out of me to read one of them over a giant high fantasy book. Graphic novels and mangas are really fun to read, and can easily become addictive.
Tip #6: Consume Bookish Content
I think watching a lot of Booktube, scrolling through Bookstagram, and reading bookish blogs really help motivate me to read. When everyone else is talking about all the books they love, it motivates me to want to feel the same way. In previous years, I used to avoid other people reading at all cost because it would upset me. Now, I use it as motivation to want to get back into the reading game.
Tip #7: Buddy Read or Join a Bookclub
This is a really great one. Nothing will motivate me more than other people holding me accountable. I have been doing a readalong all year and I am not going to let this reading slump ruin it for me. I don’t want to fall behind, so I am going to apply tip #4 and read a certain number of pages each day until I finish it.
Tip #8: Give Yourself a Break
Don’t beat yourself up about your reading slump! Give yourself days off from reading if you need to. After all, reading is just a hobby at the end of the day. It is meant to be fun. Some days we won’t succeed, and that is okay.
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