Let’s Chat – Reading Slumps

 

Let's Chat - Reading Slumps. Three of my top tips to get you out of that pesky reading slump.

Probably a book blogger/book lover’s worst nightmare (apart from cracked spines and dog-eared pages) are reading slumps. There’s nothing worse than staring at your ridiculously large TBR pile and coming to the sad conclusion that, while you really want to read, you just… can’t seem to pick one up and get stuck in. None of your TBR books look appealing anymore and you’re lost for what to do, it’s utter hell. I’ve been there myself many times, I find if I read a really good book that I can’t forget about then a reading slump will rear it’s ugly head, and sometimes they just come from absolutely nowhere!

So, that brings me to todays ‘Let’s Chat’ post! Today’s post is designed to help each other out, I’ll share some tips and tricks on how to get out of a reading slump, some things that have worked for me and that you could also try, and you can share some too (if you have any)! Sharing is caring, after all!

A few things that sometimes work for me when I’m having a reading slump are –

Re-read something you loved! This works really well for me most of the time, generally I tend to lean toward the Penryn and the End of Days trilogy when I’m in a reading slump. I really, really love those books and more often than not they have the power to shake me from my slump, this doesn’t always work though, I have re-read the whole trilogy before only to discover I was still in a reading slump after finishing them, (apparently I only wanted to read those books and nothing else would do)! I haven’t really tried re-reading many other books though, I normally just go straight for Angelfall.

Binge watch your favourite TV series! One of my favourite ways to get out of a reading slump is to just binge watch a TV series I really enjoy, one thing this does occasionally do though is take away my desire to even try to read, because now I’m hooked on this TV show and I have to watch every single episode!! So I guess this one’s not great advice, but I do find that when I’m done spending days in bed watching back to back episodes of Reign (IT’S AMAZING, WATCH IT!) I’m ready to pick up a book, maybe it’ll be like that for you too!

Literally do nothing! Sometimes it’s nice to just not put that pressure of reading on yourself and not forcing yourself out of a reading slump, so just forget about it for a little while and chill out, maybe watch a film, or go out and paint the town red! Eventually you’ll want to pick up a book and you’ll probably enjoy it more since you didn’t force yourself to read.

For me, these are the ones that have worked and eventually got me out of my reading slump, have you tried any of these before? I think re-reading something you loved is a pretty popular one! Do you have any advice on how to get out of a reading slump?

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14 thoughts on “Let’s Chat – Reading Slumps”

  1. Love these ideas! I just got out of my reading slump and am firing away at my TBR! I’ll definitely try these out when I hit a block again 🙂

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    1. Yay! So glad you got out of your reading slump, I haven’t read a book in over a month now and I’m struggling to pick anything up, even with all these awesome tips and tricks 🙈. I’ve been binge watching a TV series on Netflix which I’m loving at the moment though, so I think once I’m finished with that I’ll be able to read again!

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  2. A trick I use sometimes is to read something pretty short. Either just a really short novel or a novella. That way you get to read a full story and have that sense of achievement that you’ve read something without feeling like it’s such a slog. It can sometimes jump start me into wanting to read all the things again! It was helpful to me this week although I’m still in a bit of a slump. At least I read something! Woo!

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    1. I feel like I don’t actually own that many books that are short, also a lot of them are the first book in a series most of the time, or the second and I read the first so long ago I can’t remember anything 😂. Maybe I need to invest in some shorter, stand-alone books! Thanks for the tip 😆

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    1. They really are the worst! Haha same here friend! I’ve read like 15 books in 2018 and it makes me sad, there have been a few books I’ve part read and then just stopped because I haven’t had the time and then kind of forgot what happened! 🙈

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  3. My most common way to get out of a reading slump is definitely rereading an old favourite (mine go to is usually fault in our stars!) but i also find that reading something completely different can help sometimes because what i thought was a slump might be a burnout so like if i’ve been reading loads of ya contemporary and get in a slump i might try and read a non-fiction or something just to mix things up a bit! Great post! 😊😊

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    1. Re reading an old favourite is definitely a popular way to get out of a slump, it’s just seems to work like 90% of the time! Oh, I still haven’t read that book, I think it may make me cry/sad so I’m avoiding it 😂 YES! I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT THAT! I usually have a burnout if I read too much fantasy, the worlds just start to blend together and I have no idea what’s going on 😂 so I generally read contemporary or romance to give me a break!

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