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Reading Slumps: How To Get Out Of One

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Now and again I have a reading slump. Despite the mounting pile of books in the TBR section of my bedroom, every book I pick up I discard because either:

  • I’m not in the mood for that book;
  • Ah, I have to read the author’s first/other novels before reading this one;
  • I just don’t have time to get into this epic one – I want to spend my time on it; or
  • there is actually no reason!

When I get like this, which can happen often and sometimes for weeks, I go back to some fail-safe ways of getting me back into reading. If any of you are suffering from this – I hope this is helpful, if you have any others let me know in the comments below!

  1. Watch a film based on a book. Chances are you will be inspired to read the book as you will have already connected with the story and the characters. The book will add another dimension to those characters and also prolong the story in your imagination.
  2. Read a short story. This is a great way of getting back into reading from a break. You feel accomplished that you’ve read a book and connected with a story which encourages you to read more (well it does with me anyway!). Some great short stories are the Penguin Classics.
  3. Don’t start with War and Peace. If you know the genre you’ll enjoy – read it. Get out of your comfort zone later once you’re back in the rhythm of reading again.
  4. Speak to friends who are also book lovers and ask for their recommendations. Hearing a friend sound passionate about a book really inspires you to read. I tend to ask my friends which has been their favourite that year.
  5. Visit a bookshop and ask the same question as 4). This is a great way of interacting with your local booksellers and you’ll thank yourself for engaging with them as every time you walk in the store you’ll have more recommendations! However, be prepared for unexpected expenditure when you do visit said bookshop!
  6. Join Bookstagram. I love, love, love Bookstagram. There is such an amount of love on here and I get so many recommendations from fellow book lovers. My favourite accounts are @tinybookfort and @stellabookishart. Give them a follow!
  7. Michaela just posted a great idea as well on her blog called the TBR Jar Challenge which is a great idea – pop in some ideas of what to read in a jar and pick them out.  Take a look at her post.  It is really good.

I hope that was helpful and you enjoyed reading it! Let me know if you have any other tips in the comments below!

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