Tips: How to Get Out of a Reading Slump

If you're an avid reader, you've probably experienced times when every title seems uninspiring and you simply can't bring yourself to pick up another book! In general, the best way to find the inspiration to get out of a reading slump is to simply change up parts of your reading routine that have gotten a little stale, but it takes a few specific tactics if you really want to get back on track.

1. Stop Reading

This may seem a little counterproductive, but if reading for fun doesn't seem fun to you anymore, take a break, whether it be for a couple of days or a couple of weeks. If you take some time outside of reading to focus on other priorities, you'll have a fresh perspective and find the inspiration to get back into reading.

2. Plan Out Reading Time

If you have a busy schedule, finishing a book probably seems like a daunting task, but finding time to read, relax and disconnect from the outside world can be helpful for both your mind and your TBR shelf. Personally, I like to listen to audio books during my commute to work and school and later read some more before I go to bed because those are the points in my day when I need to unwind the most!

3. Read Something Short

Reading a shorter book can be helpful in curbing a reading slump because it leaves a sense of (almost) instant gratification, giving you enough encouragement to move on to the next book. A lot of authors (especially in YA) have begun publishing novellas and companion novels to coincide with their series, and starting with a book that's already set in your favorite world can definitely boost your motivation.

4. Read Out of Your Comfort Zone (to an extent) 

For me, this is probably the hardest tip to follow; It's so discouraging when I take a risk on a book I wouldn't normally read and it turns out to be underwhelming. Because of this, I usually read a couple synopses and reviews beforehand to make sure I at least know what I'm about to get into. It's great to read a classic if you usually read YA, or to read a contemporary if you usually read fantasy; however, just make sure that the book in whatever foreign genre you choose actually seems exciting and inspiring to you.

Reading Slump Crushers

Here are my some books that I think are perfect for recovering from a slump!

  • the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin
  • the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • The Walled City by Bryan Graudin 
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

If you have any other tips on recovering from reading slumps, feel free to add them in the comments!

Thanks for reading,

Indoor Sojourner