I was in a reading slump for the last few months, picking up books and reading a quarter of them before putting them down and BAM they’ve probably just instantly made it into the dreaded DNF pile, all because I was in a slump. And just because they are good books didn’t help, I just couldn’t seem to finish a whole book. It was a dark, dark time and I couldn’t see an end…UNTIL I DID! That is the thing with reading slumps, you may not know what is causing them and so all of a sudden the horror is over and you can finish an entire book again.
Here are some methods I find generally work when trying to bust through the brick wall of a reading slump…
- Don’t read. Take a little hiatus and maybe take up knitting or something, this way, whatever is causing your slump wont have you waisting book after book in an effort to beat it. Sometime you just have to take a break.
- Binge watch a show. Sometimes reading can be tiring, a lot on the mind and sometimes your entire body. Watching a tv-show is like reading without all the effort or exhaustion, if you want to zone out for a while, you can. then when you’re ready for something a little more in-depth, try picking up a book again.
- Join a book club. Sometimes reading becomes such a solitary activity that you may feel lonely and slumpish in general. Book club with allow you to still read but with the ability to share with others. Plus it’s incentive to finish the novel so you don’t embarrass yourself.
- Go on Bookstagram/ Booktube. Theres nothing that gets me more excited than other people excited about books. looking at all the lovely pictures or videos people make will help remind you why you love reading and may inspire you to pick that book up again.
- Re-read your favourite book. This one is my favourite. Read something you are familiar with, because, like watching a show, it requires a lot less effort and concentration but its still a book. This may help you focus on why you love reading.
- Write something. Sometimes it’s difficult to read because we are looking for something specific. Chances are if you’re picky, you are not going to find it so instead of reading a bunch of half- books, write down something, it’ll get the imagination flowing again.
- Explore other genres. Sometimes it is just a specific genre that is slumping us, even if we may love it. Sometimes in a slump I will turn to romance novels because they are fluffier and easier to take in. Try exploring something new that may pique your interest.
- Play a video game. This may not be for everyone but it may allow you to take control of something creative the way a novel can’t give you control. Maybe try something related to a genre of novel you enjoy.
There are countless ways that readers will use to get out of a slump. Some slumps are more persistent than others so patience is the key with this. In my last slump, which I have only just gotten out of, I started and DNF’d five books and it took about two months for me to finally finish a new book. Be patient readers, you love books, that’ll never leave you. Punch your slump right in the throat and head to the bookstore because you can do this!