How to get out of a reading slump

It looks different for everyone but the tips I share are bound to get you excited about reading again
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Reading slumps looks different for everyone. When I was younger I remembered going through the boxcar mysteries like it was chocolate. But then high school hit and we had to read books together as a class. 

I remember in ninth grade I read a classic book you usually read in High school “The Catcher in the rye by J.D. Salinger. But then I transferred to a different school for tenth grade and I had to read the same book all over again. 

As a class! So It wasn’t like I could get out of it, the only way would be to skip class. I asked the teacher if I could be sent somewhere else as they read this book because I read it at my last school the year before but she said no. 

It honestly felt like torture. 

 It put me off reading books even if it was for my personal enjoyment.  

Though I don’t get into reading slumps as often as I used to. I still have times when the book I was planning to read is just sitting on my counter, waiting to be picked up. 

It’s hard to say definitive ways that help you out of a reading slump because not everyone gets the same feeling on why they don’t feel like reading. So I’m going to do my best to share what works for me everytime.

You know you lose interest when you’re rereading the same page over and over again trying to retain at least one word. But you just can’t get into it. 

Hopefully these tips will help you get excited about reading again, and getting out of that slump. 

How long do Reading slumps last?

Honestly it depends on the person, Some people it may last 5 years others 5 months and others 2 weeks.

Read an adaptation of a movie you love : Books to break a reading slump

There are so many adaptations of novels out there that you may not have read that can break your reading slump.

  • Harry Potter
  • The lion, witch and the wardrobe
  • The Maze runner
  • The Divergent series
  • The Hunger games
  • game of thrones
  • the Vampire diaries
  • Pretty little liars
  • Archie comics
  • Percy Jackson series

Sometimes reading a book of a movie you are already familiar with will spark your love of reading.

Organize your books

This happens a lot when you buy too many books for your TBR that you want to read but you don’t have the time.

They end up in a messy pile with your new books, books you’ve read, maybe books you’re borrowing. But because everything is so disorganized you don’t even feel like picking up to read. 

They always say a messy room leads to a messy mind. Not sure if that’s the direct saying but you know.. The concept is the same. 

You could try clearing them out and organizing by authors or genres. Maybe even color code your books if that’s more aesthetically pleasing to your eyes. 

Going even further into organizing your books by already read/want to read helps perk up your energy to read again.  

Book Journal

Another way to get out of a reading slump is to decorate your reading journal or if you don’t have one then get one. I personally am not a fan of those overly decorated reading journals, I’m pretty simple but if it helps you then go for it. 

You know that back to school feeling where you’re satisfied because you have all your supplies for the year. That’s how it feels getting a new journal. Especially with there being tons of videos on how to decorate your journals. 

You can get as creative as you want, adding stickers. Or printing out small pictures of the books you plan to read to glue on your pages. It’s a great place to document your reading goals.  

Maybe even talking about the books you did not finish and why you did not finish them. Because sometimes we want to like a book so bad that we force ourselves to like it as much as everyone else does. 

This happened to me when I tried reading the ninth house. Everyone has such good reviews on that book but I just can’t seem to get into it. So I stopped trying to force myself to like it even tho it has all the elements I like in a book. Dark academia and magic will steal my heart every time.

Change your method of reading

Change up how you read your books. If you are a physical book lover the try listening to an audiobook and vice versa. Even try listening and reading at the same time.

Personally I’m not a huge fan of audiobooks, But I do like podcasts so I’m not sure why audiobooks aren’t as appealing. I haven’t found one where the voice feels like it fits the tone of how the words should be said. Or how I read the words in my mind. 

I have tried listening to samples of other audiobooks but one where I felt the voice was more connected to the story was witches steeped in gold. That voice narrator made it feel like the words I was reading were coming alive around me. 

So I do think sometimes it’s a hit or miss but definitely try it for yourselves. Because sometimes you just need to give your eyes a break from reading too much. 

You could play an audiobook pretty much anywhere, just plug in your headphones and listen away. 

New releases 

Seeing the new releases may help you get out of a reading slump. Both online and in person. You’ll be able to see the new releases for that month and the books trending on booktok. 

Set a bookstore date either by yourself or with a friend to see all the new books that came out. Or go to the library and search for authors you never heard of or genres you never read. 

Or head to the Library and wander around the shelves. Ask the librarian what books he/she would recommend for breaking a reading slump.

They say don’t judge a book by its cover but most of the time the cover is exactly what draws us in. When I see a book with a nice cover I automatically want to see what it’s about. 

It leads you into reading the plot summary. 

Pick up a book, any book and just flip halfway into the book. Without reading the back summary or knowing anything about the book and read it. You may find yourself intrigued with wanting to know what happens next or what are the events that led up to that point. 

Following bookish content

Follow bookish content like book blogs, booktubers, bookstagrammers.

Reading or listening to someone else’s interpretation of a book could perk up your interests. It’s also a great way to get book recommendations. 

I love reading book blogs because it’s so refreshing to see different types of books and genres that I normally wouldn’t go for. 

But above all remember to take some time for yourself. Don’t force it if you aren’t in the mood. Maybe you just need to give your brain a break from reading. 

Share what tips and tricks help you out of a reading slump!

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