It’s been a while since I’ve written a discussion post but the dreaded book slump is something we’ve all experience. I think I speak on behalf of most people when I say, it sucks. The question is; how do we get out of it? Do we just stumble along until it magically disappears, or can we take some steps to get us out of it sooner? Here are my 5 tips to get out of a reading slump.
1. Re-reading an old favourite
This is my go-to method for conquering the slump. I find it comforting to turn to an old favourite. It’s like reuniting with an old friend; comfortable and familiar. Plus if you already know what happens you don’t have to put all of your energy in focusing on every single word in fear of missing something important. It’s an easy read, no pressure and you get to remember all the reasons why you loved the book in the first place.
My go to re-reads: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick | I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
2. Short Stories
The thought of reading a 300+ page book during a slump is horrifying. There’s no way we can possibly read all those pages and not lose focus. That’s why short stories are perfect for those of us trying to get over a slump. To start, the page count isn’t as daunting and usually these stories end up being lighthearted reads. On top of that there are a slew of anthologies available these days so there’s plenty to chose from.
Favourite anthology: My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins
Don’t want to read a book, try listening to one. Granted, I’ve not tried this method myself but if you’ve enjoyed audiobooks in the past then I think this would be a good one to go for. With audiobooks you have the freedom to complete other tasks whilst enjoying the story so you don’t feel like such a slug for lounging around all day trying and failing to pick up a book. Multi-tasking at its finest. 😉
Any audiobook recommendations?
4. Buddy Read
In the summer I was hit by a slump. It was awful. Part of me wanted to read but I just didn’t know what book to go for and for that reason I ended up just not picking one up with the hopes that my mood will eventually drive me to one. However, it turns out that Summer @ XingSings and I had a similar tbr pile and we ended up buddy reading, which in turn helped me get my reading mojo back. How the buddy read helped? Well, you have the reactions. A stream of messages with play by play reactions to the book and someone to discuss them with you. Plus you can’t buddy read without doing the actual reading so that alone is motivation to pick up a book.
5. Just power through it.
This has proven to be the most effective method. At the end of the day I simply cannot force myself to read if I don’t want to. So instead of throwing myself a pity party, I indulge in all the other activities that occupy my time in place of reading. So instead of spending the days reading, I’ll end up binge watching some new TV shows, baking and treating myself to an endless supply of tea. This way I can sit back, relax, get whatever it is that’s keeping me away from books out of my system in the hopes that one day I’ll wake up and find myself gravitating towards my old friends. It’s a process, one we all go through and instead of resenting the slump, the easiest way to get rid of it is to embrace it.
Those are my 5 tips to getting rid of a reading slump.
What methods do you use to get over one? What’s the longest slump you’ve had?