How to Get Out of a Reading Slump

We’ve all suffered it at least once. Every reader’s worst nightmare- reading slumps!
They are the absolute worst. One minute you’re engulfing books one after the other, nothing can stop you- not even the need to sleep.

And then it happens! You grab a book but you don’t want to read it. You start a few pages, try to get yourself into the story, but it’s just not working. So, you try another, and you get the same result. You try to force yourself to read, thinking maybe if you get through the story halfway, you’ll get more into it. But you’re just not in the mood.

Now this horrible situation can last for months. Believe me, I know! I’ve been there and it’s the worst feeling. And I would hate for anyone to go through it so here are a few tips on how to get out of reading slumps.

1. Keep changing books until you find the one you want to read.

It’s a bad idea to force yourself to read a book when your heart is not in it. Every book on your shelf deserves to be read by you when you can truly be absorbed in the story so even the experience is much better for you. So, try different books from your to-be-read list until you find the one that clicks.

2. Try a different genre.

Now, when I feel myself starting to slip into a slump from reading too many fantasy books, I switch to contemporary mostly because contemporaries are easier to fly through and they give you this cute fluffy feeling while reading them and you don’t have to stress too much about paying attention to the many details. So, if you feel like you can’t get into any of the books you keep trying to read, try to switch it up a bit and try another genre.

3. Re-read an old favorite.

Revisiting a world and characters you once loved can help get you excited again to read. Since it’s a book you’ve already read before, once again you don’t have to stress or focus too much on the details or how the story will end since you already know and just enjoy the feeling of being with your favorite characters once again.

4. Give eBooks or audio-books a try.

Now as much as I love reading physical books, I’ve noticed that sometimes I read faster and more frequently when I have the book on my phone. Perhaps because it’s with me everywhere I go. So try switching up your format of reading too, try eBooks or audio-books and see if that sticks. Sometimes the audio-books are narrated in such a way that really gets you into the story. So do give it a try!

5. Check out some quotes or reviews on the book.

I know, oh my god spoilers, absolutely not. Hear me out, although this may bring about spoilers (unless you can expertly navigate quotes and make sure you don’t stumble upon one) I personally find that when I search quotes from the book, those tiny snippets of awesomeness, I get excited to read the book itself. Same goes with reviews (of course the non-spoiler kind) they get me hyped up to read the book since everyone is raving about it.

6. Take a break.

If the tips above don’t work, it’s time you take a break. I know it’s hard, but sometimes you just need to give your mind a break, refresh and then go back into it. You know what they say, “distance makes the heart grow fonder”. (Side effects of this may be: binge watching dramas or Netflix and then your break might end up being too long.) Be careful to avoid that or you’ll end up in a month-long slump. So just relax, don’t stress out too much. After a while you’ll get back your reading excitement and you’ll find yourself jumping into another book.

Hope these tips help and happy reading!

By Fawzia Morad Elmasry 


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