Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!
Today’s all about the dreaded reading slump. We all have them. Even the biggest bookworm will eventually face it. But don’t fear, a reading slump is never forever. There are ways to help it go away even faster.
As someone who’s had and gotten through several major reading slumps (I still remember ‘The Great Summer Slump of 2017’…), I do have a few little tips and tricks in my sleeve on how to beat that terrible reading slump back into oblivion. Here they are:
#1 Think about it
Not every reading slump is the same. Are you in a slump because your head is still in your last, perfect read and nothing will ever compare? Or is it because you’d rather Netflix? Maybe you’re in a slump because you’ve read it all and everything is starting to blur together into one big, predictable book? Or maybe you’ve challenged yourself too hard and you’re having a bit of a reading burn out? Give it a moments’ thought. Depending on the reason for your slump, you may have better luck with one plan of attack or another.
#2 Step away from the books
If you’re not feeling it, then you’re not feeling it. It’s okay. Take the time to do something else. Bingewatch Netflix. Lose yourself in that kdrama. Bake a cake. Go out with friends. Don’t force yourself to read when you’re not in the mood, because you might make your slump even worse. Take all the time you need, be it a day, a week or a month. Most likely, if you’re not stressing yourself out to read and thinking about other things instead, you’ll be back in the mood to read before you know it!
#3 Take it easy
Don’t dive right into a 600-page book or a ten-part book series. Take it easy. Read a short book. Try a novella. Maybe now’s the perfect time to try a graphic novel or comic book. Or read that perfect piece of fluff you’ve been wanting to read for ages. As the age-old saying goes: “Anything light and breezy will make reading come easy.” (confession: it’s not really age-old. I just made it up)
#4 Revisit old favorites
Sometimes you don’t want something new, no matter how short or fluffy. Sometimes, the only cure to a reading slump is to revisit your old favorites. For example, re-read Harry Potter. Or just re-read some of your favorite scenes from you favorite book. Revisiting an old favorite usually reminds you of your love of reading and will rekindle your excitement to read something new.
Some examples that usually work for me:
#5 Booktube! Bookstagram! Bookblogs!
When I’m in a reading slump, this is something that almost always does the trick for me. Because what better way to get excited about books again than to watch others flail and rave and get all passionate about books? Watch some fo your favorite booktubers. Revel at those gorgeous bookstagram feeds. Visit your favorite bookish blogs and read their rave reviews. Because that kind of excitement will definitely be contagious!
#6 Just listen
Maybe your reading slump happened because you’re just so busy that the physical act of picking up a book seems to be too much. Or you just don’t have the time to read, which gets you all demotivated in return. In that case, try an audiobook. Try it while driving to work, try it while doing housework. You’ll get to do your chores AND you’ll get to absorb a story in the meantime. Win-win.
#7 Get creative
Just because you’re not currently reading, doesn’t mean you can’t stay in those bookish worlds in some other way. Design your ideal reading spot. Re-arrange your shelves. Make a bookish playlist. Create an aesthetic. Write the story you want to read. If you get creative in some way that has to do with reading, you’ll probably be back on the reading track in no time.
#8 Visit a bookstore
When it comes to a reading slump, sometimes the best therapy is retail therapy. Visit a bookstore or library and browse the shelves. Pick up some books you don’t know and read the blurb to see if you’d like it. Just being around loads of books can bring back your reading mojo in no time.
#9 Read outside of your comfort zone
Perhaps you’ve had an overdose of one specific genre. It happens to all of us, no matter how much we love a certain genre. I personally love to switch up my fantasy with a contemporary now and again. It keeps things fresh and exciting for me. So why not try something new? Try that thriller. That mystery. That poetry collection. That non-fiction book. Who knows, you might fall in love with something new.
#10 Buddy read
Now, I wouldn’t buddy read if you’re really slumping hard and are not even remotely interested in reading. In that case I refer you back to tip #2 – step away from the books. But if your slump still has you feeling like you WANT to read and you just need that extra push, then try a buddy read. Reading a book together with a friend will both give you that needed incentive to read AND will give you someone to talk and rave and rant about, which will definitely get you excited about reading again.