How to Get Out of a Reading Slump

Have you ever been stuck in the dreaded reading slump? In my opinion, there’s nothing worse, especially when you want to read a book but just can’t get into it!

I’ve been in a reading slump many times before, but I’ve always been able to get myself out of it. Here’s a 10 tips and ways I’ve survived a reading slump before. Hopefully they will help you too!

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1. Reread a favourite book

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This is probably the easiest way to get out of a reading slump, and it’s always worked for me before. Forget about all the other books on your TBR for a while and pick up an old favourite, a book that you can almost quote because you love it so much. It’s no big deal if you don’t read your immediate TBR for a couple of days. Just relax and reread a favourite.

My favourite books to reread when I’m in a slump are On the Jellicoe RoadPride and PrejudiceLeo Loves Ariesand Kings RisingWhat’s your favourite book?

2. Organise your bookshelf

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There’s nothing better than spending the day reorganising your bookshelves. Sometimes I have the books set up alphabetically, sometimes by colour, sometimes by favourite to least favourite. However I organise my books, I always end up feeling super motivated as I come across books I’ve wanted to read for ages, but haven’t gotten around to yet.

3. Read something short and light

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I love reading short stories and novellas. They’re quick and easy, and usually get straight into the plot because they don’t have much time to waste. My favourite ones to read are contemporary romances, because they’re so sweet and light and fun. They always put my back into a reading mood. Or, if you don’t like short stories or novellas, you can always try graphic novels and comics, webcomics, or even fan fiction! Just something short and straight to the point!

4. Listen to an audiobook

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I don’t listen to many audiobooks but the few times I have were during a reading slump. Sometimes a slump will be spurred on because I have so much to do in my personal life that I feel guilty for relaxing and reading, and so a slump develops from there. The good thing about audiobooks is that you can still work or clean or go out while still reading.

5. Pick a book based on your mood, not TBR

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I tend to fluctuate between being a mood reader and a structured TBR kind of person. I try to set a TBR per month but that doesn’t always work out as my inner mood reader comes out and demands I read a different book instead. I’ve found that when I’m in a book slump, reading a book based off of my mood instead of immediate TBR always works. Even if you didn’t plan to read that book for a little while longer, if you’re in the mood for it, just read it!

6. Buddy read a book!

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I love buddy reading books with friends! Not only do you discuss a book with a friend, but reading a book with someone else kind of spurs you on. There’s been many times I’ve wanted to give up on a book but buddy reading it make me persevere. The best example of this is when I read It with Destiny and Kathy. If I wasn’t for those girls, I wouldn’t have finished the damn book! Having someone keep you accountable will help end that slump!

7. Watch a book-to-movie adaptation 

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Don’t even quote at me ‘The book is always better than the movie’ because what are you supposed to do when you can’t be bothered reading a book? Watch the movie! Whether you’re watching an old favourite or a movie you haven’t seen yet, watching a movie based on a book inspires you to read the book the movie was based on! Let me prove to you that this works: recently, I rewatched Twilight with my best friends, and frankly I despise that whole series, but I was overcome with this massive need to reread all the Twilight books … to the point that I actually will reread the first book this year. See, it works!

8. Read a book you wouldn’t usually 

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One of the main reasons people get stuck in reading slumps is because they’ve been reading too many of the same types of books! I’ve been known to do this before, where I’ve read something like 12 YA fantasy books in a row and then don’t ever want to read again. When this happens, I find reading a book I wouldn’t normally to be the best way to get out of that slump. So if I’ve read too many YA fantasies, I’ll read a contemporary — something the complete opposite. Or if I’ve read too many contemporaries, I’ll read a non-fiction title.

9. Read the first chapter of a bunch of books 

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This might sound like a strange one, but last year I was stuck in a reading slump where I had no idea what I wanted to read — all I knew was that I wanted to read. So I got a bunch of books that were on my immediate TBR and I read the first chapter of them, and wrote a post about it. Check it out here.

This actually ending up curing my reading slump, as there was no stress about reading a whole book — just one chapter. And then, because I was so intrigued by the chapter I read, I ended up finding my next read and beating that slump!

10. Take a day off from reading … or two or three or more

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If you’re stuck in a reading slump, at the end of the day, it’s not a big deal! If my nine other tips don’t work for you, then just rest and don’t worry about reading! At the end of the day, reading is not a competition and there’s no need to compare yourself to how others are going — which is something I’ve been guilty of before.

Take the time to care for yourself because books will always be waiting for you when you’re ready to return to them.

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That’s my 10 tips for getting out of a reading slump!

Have you been in a reading slump before? How do you get out of one? Have you used any one of my ten tips before? Let me know!

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21 thoughts on “How to Get Out of a Reading Slump

  1. Silvia says:

    Yes yes yes! What works the best for me is audiobooks, mainly because I listen to them every day while doing daily chores (washing dishes etc), so there is literally no way for me not to be reading every single day. And if I’m bored of my other reads I’ll just continue my audiobook even when I’m done doing chores!
    Another thing that works for me is starting random queer webcomics (which usually sends me on a webcomic binge rather than make me want to read books again….but hey, as long as I can add those webcomics to my GR challenge they totally count!)

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  2. ignitedmoth says:

    Great suggestions! I just started enjoying audiobooks this past year and they’re great for when I’m doing tedious things around the house like folding/hanging laundry or cleaning/dusting/etc. They make doing housework a lot more enjoyable. 🙂

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  3. Jasmine says:

    Thanks for the tips. I have been in a slump for most of December and January. It definitely has to do with several books I started in Dec that started to bored me and stops me from reading.. I will have to re-read a favorite book soon 🙂

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