10 Tips for Getting Out of a Reading Slump

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Recently, I finished 3 books in the span of a week (pretty good if I say so myself). I was so excited to continue reading and knock out my tbr for February. I couldn’t decide which book I wanted to start next and I kept bouncing from book to book. I read a few pages from each and still couldn’t settle on one. My reading goal this year is larger than usual, so I didn’t want to get stuck in a slump so early on. If you don’t know what a reading slump is, it’s any span of time when there is a lull in your reading. Here are the 10 things I do to get myself out of them:

1. Start Small

Small books are the best books to read when you are in a slump. They are typically quick reads and can give you the motivation to read more. If you don’t have any short books, or if they still seem too daunting, start with a goal of reading a few chapters of a large book.

2. Easy-To-Read Books

Some writing styles are easier to read than others. Usually, the younger the age group, the easier it is to understand. A lot of people will opt for a middle-grade book such as The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. These are both popular series that are beloved and easy to read.

3. Deadlines

Setting deadlines is another good way to motivate yourself to read. These are some of the deadlines I set for myself:

  • 100 pages/day
  • 1 book/week
  • 3 books/month
  • 3 hours/day (if it’s an audiobook)

If these are still too broad or difficult to attain, you can break them down further.

4. Challenges

I participate in the Goodreads reading challenge every year. My current goal is 50 books. You can set any number of books as your goal for the year. It starts January 1st and ends December 31st annually.

5. Read-A-Thons

Did you ever participate in read-a-thons in elementary school? It’s the same thing. Some read-a-thons take place over a few months. Others last weeks. My all-time favorites are 24-hour read-a-thons. The goal is to read as many books as you can in the duration of the read-a-thon. You can either participate in ones that already exist, or you can plan your own. These are fun things to do as a group or as a solitary activity.

I participate in Dewey’s 24-hr Read-A-Thon, ReadbyZoe’s Readathon on YouTube, and the Biannual Bibliothon.

6. Audiobooks

Let me just say, I LOVE AUDIOBOOKS. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. The narrator plays a huge role in one’s ability to enjoy an audiobook. I use Audible Gift Memberships when I listen to audiobooks. Some of my favorites are The Hobbit, The Bone Season, and The Hangman’s Daughter.

7. Watch Movies Based on Books

Movies based on books are great for getting in the reading mood. The Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection is my favorite book-turned-movie adaptation. I can’t watch it without wanting to pick up the books in the series, get cozy on the couch, and read all day. Another movie I watch to get myself in the bookish mood is Stuck in Love. This movie is about the mistakes and problems a family of writers endures. Disclaimer: it’s not for everyone. I just really love this movie, and it inspires me to write more and read.

8. Booktube

I love watching everything book-related on YouTube. My favorite booktubers are:

9. Re-read

My favorite books to re-read are the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas, The Foxe & the Hound by R.S. Grey, and once again, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I love these books and they are perfect re-reads for when I can’t figure out what to read.

10. Other Books by Your Favorite Authors

My favorite authors so far are Sarah J. Maas, R.S. Grey, J.K. Rowling, Kendare Blake, and J.R.R. Tolkien. When I find myself in a rut, I look at other books these authors have written, and I usually find one I want to read.

Let me know if you found any of my tips helpful! If so, what books got you out of your reading slump?

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