One week you breeze through a book. The next week you have no motivation to read at all. We’ve all been there in some way. Reading slumps can range from a few days and go on for years at a time.
What exactly is a reading slump?
It’s when you lose the desire and motivation to read and can happen any time. It’s not necessarily the book’s fault, it might just be your current situation or how you feel. Being in a reading slump can be very frustrating especially if you want to read but you just can’t. Even though your desire to read might be high, your actual desire to pick up a book and read may be really low – you might even dread reading.
Why do reading slumps happen?
Less time for reading, responsibilities to tend to, too many books to read, feeling overwhelmed, nothing that really catches our attention, repetitive plot in different books, there are many different reasons for why reading slumps might happen.
Here are 10 ways to get out of a reading slump:
- Flip through books that you really enjoyed
Maybe you’re in a slump because you haven’t read anything you loved for a while now. Or maybe it’s because you’ve just been busy and haven’t had the time. No matter what, going back to books you loved can remind you of how amazing it feels to read and motivate you to pick up some new books to read.
- Watch YouTube videos
BookTube is such a magical and motivating place to be. There are tons of book-related videos – tbr lists, monthly wrap-ups, favourites, etc. Watching some book recommendations or unboxing videos are sure to inspire you to get back to reading.
- Go to a bookstore or library
There’s something exciting about a building full of books that just might reignite your passion for reading. Whether they are new books or old, going to a bookstore or library will open your eyes to the vast amount of worlds you can enter through each story.
- Read a short story or a short book
Sometimes you might be intimidated to start a thick book because it’ll take you so long to read. Other times just picking up any book might seem daunting. Reading a short story or short book calls for minimal commitment which might be more approachable and a way to ease you back in.
- Join a book club
It’s guaranteed that being around readers will influence and motivate you to be one too. You’ll also need to reach regular reading goals so you have to read even if you don’t really want to.
- Schedule in reading time
If you’re seriously dedicated to getting out of your reading slump, you may want to consider scheduling a specific day or time you will read. When that time comes, sit down and just read!
- Embrace the slump
Sometimes you have to just embrace the slump and let yourself breathe. The less pressure you put on yourself, the more you might want to read again in the near future!
- Try a new genre
Try reading a book from a genre that you don’t dislike but just haven’t touched in a while. My favourite genre is fantasy but I like to switch it up every so often because it can get a little boring sometimes when I’m always in a fantasy world.
- Read another format – eBook, Audiobook
Switching formats might make reading more convenient or accessible for you. If you’re in a slump because you’re busy, listen to an audiobook so you can work while you listen! Or if you’re becoming discouraged looking at the sheer size of the books you’re reading, try an ebook where you can’t really see how far you’ve read.
- Sort through your tbr list
Many people get in a reading slump simply because they don’t like the books they’re reading. Make sure the books on your tbr list are ones that you really do want to read so that you can be excited to read them!
Have you ever been in a reading slump before? Are you currently in one? Let me know which one of these you think might be the most effective for you!