We all know the situation. You pick up a book and YOU JUST CAN’T READ! It’s the bane of a readers existence and I find there’s nothing worse than the reading slump.
Ah Netflix. I can lose hours and hours of time just binge watching a new TV show that I’ve found. 77 episodes later and I realise I haven’t read all day. *currently obsessed with Fringe, send help!*
You’ve just finished the best book, ever.
The times when nothing will ever compare to the book you’ve just finished and everything else is going to be rubbish.
You’ve read too much.
This is basically your brain telling you to stop reading before it explodes. You want to read but your brain does not!
MY TOP TIPS FOR GETTING OUT OF A READING SLUMP.
Re-read an old favourite.
I tend to read Harry Potter to bring me out of a slump. It reminds me of how exciting reading is and then I just want to explore other worlds. Plus, I know the story back to front so it doesn’t involve too much concentration.
Try an audiobook.
I tried audiobooks for the first time not long ago and it really helped me out of the last slump!
Try short stories.
This is a brilliant trick for slumps. Something short and quick to read usually helps me find the joy in reading again.
Don’t try to read.
Sometimes your brain just needs a break so listen to it. Do anything other than reading for a few hours or days and then try again!
Read a different genre.
Maybe you’re having what I like to call ‘a genre burnout’. If all you normally read is Fantasy, then maybe try Contemporary. Or if all you normally read is Sci-fi, then try Fantasy and so on.
Head over to Goodreads/Twitter/Booktube.
I do this all the time when I’m in a reading slump because when I see others finding so much joy in reading, its like it reminds my brain how much joy I get from reading. Although, this could make your slump worse if you find yourself getting frustrated that you can’t read.
These are just some of the tips I find help me when I’m in a reading slump. What are your top tips for getting out of a reading slump?
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