How To Get Out Of A Reading Slump

We've all been there. You glance over at the book you're reading and think... Meh. Or, you finish a book and for some reason simply do not want to start another one. You think the feeling will pass, that you just want a short break to do some other things, but then a week goes by. Then another. Then, before you know it, you're terrified that you've lost your love for reading. 

Here are some ideas to help you avoid reading slumps and to escape them if you start to fall down the black hole of doom.

1. Buy A New Book!

Not recommended for book hoarders or book buying addicts who store up shelves of the good stuff which forever go unread. But, if you're like me and you read everything you buy, then go into a book shop without a plan. Don't think about what you want to buy, simply go in and see what interests you. That way you're sure to pick up a book you are genuinely intrigued by and could discover a whole new author. Before you know it you'll be like, what slump?

2. Schedule Your Reading (and stick to it!)

This might sound a little forced of school-y but having a reading routine can really help you beat your own worst enemy, procrastination. I like to read first thing in the morning and last thing before I go to sleep, so if I stick to that pattern I know I will never go into a slump.

3. Talk About Books

Chatting about books and authors with your friends, or in the online community can fill you with reading inspiration all over again. You know that feeling when someone else just gets it about that book you love? That is the remedy for the slump. So if you want to drop me a comment, we can chat!

4. Re-Read An Old Favourite

This one is the safe option. If you choose a book you know you love then what can go wrong? You'll be so busy looking forward to the best part of the book that everything else will just slip away. I recently just re-read Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell for this very purpose.

5. Up Your Reading Style

If you're bored of reading in the same place at the same time and it's become a deterrent for you then... Go somewhere else! Go to the library or read outside or read in a coffee shop or read with friends. If you can make reading exciting for yourself again then you'll be sorted.

I hope these tips were helpful for anyone going through a reading slump, I feel your pain, believe me. If you have any of your own tips be sure to let me know in the comments.

Love, Jess

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