The dreaded reading slump – how to get over it

In case you hadn’t noticed, things have been a little quiet over here in LBoBsville. That’s because we’ve been suffering from…

 

 

READING SLUMP

 

 

What’s reading slump? It’s when an otherwise active reader suddenly has no desire to read, or can’t get the same enjoyment that they usually do out of reading. Some people just take this with a grain of salt and wait for it to pass, while others panic and stress about losing their love of reading, never reading another book again, and dying alone and miserable.

Here are some ways that we’ve tried or heard of to combat this most hideous of ailments:

 

1. Netflix and chill

Some people swear by the method of “leaning in” to your reading slump. Just go with it, we all need a break. Your brain is obviously telling you that it wants a break from reading, so go and do something else for a while. Binge on the newest Netflix series. Get crafty. Write something. Exercise. Sit and do nothing. Anything but reading. And before you know it, the urge will strike you again.

 

2. Switch it up

Janelle’s current slump was the result of binging on too much yoga-related non-fiction all at once, and basically burning out. Think about what your recent reads were right before your slump. Do you notice a pattern? Are they all of the same or similar genre/s? Then perhaps it’s time to delve into something a little different. Reading too much romance? Try sci-fi or non-fiction. Too much non-fiction? A good thriller might sort you out. Too much thrill? How about a travel memoir? And so forth.

 

3. Soldier on

Another common remedy is to just power through. Make yourself finish that book, damn it! Force yourself to concentrate on that sentence and stop re-reading it over and over. Leave your phone in another room so you can focus on your book. Persistence pays off.

 

4. Keep it light

Perhaps a good strategy could be to choose something light and fun for your next read? If you’ve got something on your TBR which you know is not going to be complex, deep, or draining, now is the time to give it a go. Reading something for pure enjoyment, without the expectation that you will learn something or have to concentrate too hard, could be the boost that will get you back into reading.

 

5. Bookify your life

Listen to a bookish podcast. Check out some Booktube channels. Have a wander through your local library of bookshop. Ask a friend what books they’ve loved lately. Bringing bookish inspo into your life in other ways, especially ways that involve being part of the wider bookish community, can be super motivating!

 

Ahh….just writing this post has made us ready to jump back in!

Got any tips of your own to wrangle a reading slump?

 

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