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?