I recently experienced a reading slump and I am slowly climbing my way out of it now. I know you guys also experience similar reading predicaments so I thought I would try to comprise 5 Tips For Overcoming A Reading Slump. Wondering what a reading slump is? I got you.
Reading Slump: A reader wants to be able to read and enjoy a book – but, can’t. You simply can’t enjoy books. Usually for a short or prolonged period of time.
1. Just Take A Break, Breaks Are Good
Too much of anything isn’t good. Even doing too much of something you love can make you feel burnt out. This is something I have learnt many times over the last few years and I have found the best way to tackle it is to just stop. Whether it is gradually or going cold turkey if you just don’t feel like doing something. Don’t force yourself. It is okay to not read for a week or even two. We always beat ourselves up for it! There is nothing wrong with perusing other interests for a little while or to just not do anything. Eventually you will feel that inkling to pick up a book again.
2. Read something different
Sometimes it is just the case that you might be in a slump from one particular genre or type of book. Changing things up and reading something different can be the answer to this problem! Graphic Novels and Manga are books that feature heavy imagery and fewer words and I like to read those when I’m in a slump. I’m reading but I also get to admire amazing art at the same time which I don’t normally in the books that I read.
3. Audiobooks Are Your Friend
Audiobooks are really good if you don’t feel like reading. You can listen to the story in the background while you do other things. You are still technically reading but instead less effort is required because you can just listen instead. On the way to work, in the car, audiobooks are great! Audible & Scribd are great services for finding audiobooks to listen to.
4. Read shorter books
If you are struggling to find the motivation to read you might find reading something short easier. If you know that finishing it won’t take you that long then it might be much easier for you to want to pick up that book. I live for that sense of accomplishment when I finish an entire book and that still stands for shorter books!
5. Read Something You Love
For me, a bad book is always the reason why I get in slumps. If I am not enjoying a book it just makes me not wanna read at all. Going back and reading something you love could reignite that passion you once had for books!
I hope you found some of these tips helpful! What do you do when you get in a reading slump? Share your tips below in the comments!