Granted, this title is super pretentious, because no matter how many strategies you have to get over your reading slump – they happen. We’ve all been there. I think a big part of the key is to not FREAK OUT when they happen, because there are a lot of things we can do to ride it out and get back to the books we know we love! Slumps happen for a lot of reasons. You may be completely blindsided by your sudden lack of interest in (or just inability to concentrate on) that book you’ve been anticipating for months, or you may know exactly what is bothering you. Through the years I’ve become a lot better at pinpointing the cause of my slumps, but I still find myself in the depths of book despair at times. Regardless of the reasons for your reading slump, here are some ideas to help you break out of it!
1. Re-read your favorite books. My go-to re-reads of late have been the Harry Potter series. I’m on #4. There’s something very comforting and reassuring about re-reads. Whether you like HEA endings or something else, re-read a book that left you satisfied and proud to have on your shelf.
2. Listen to audiobooks. There’s something about the change in format that really helps my brain. I’m actually combining these first two for my Harry Potter re-read. I love the narrator (Jim Dale), his voices for the different characters are AMAZING!
3. Go to the library. Libraries help assuage my need to BUY ALL THE BOOKS that kicks into overdrive when I go to an actual bookstore. I can walk out with an entire armful JUST BECAUSE THEY LOOK PRETTY, with no guilt at all over whether or not I read them. I can take them home if I want to. I can read them (or not) if I want to. And then, for the love of all that’s sacred, return them.
4. Organize (re-organize) your bookshelves. Or stacks. Obviously, if you don’t own physical books, this might not help. But I’ve found many times that going through all my books I inevitably find one that piques my interest – either by re-reading it (please tell me I’m not the only one who occasionally finds a book that I know I have read but can’t remember a thing about it upon seeing it again) or being motivated to finally read it.
5. Give some books away! Share the love. Introduce a child to the wonderful world of books! Or, simply remove them from your virtual TBR. Sometimes we get overwhelmed by that towering TBR and just need some space. If you have stacks of physical unread books, go through them and be honest – are you actually still interested in that book, or do you just feel guilty when you look at it? If all you feel is guilt – GET RID OF IT! Donate it to a library, a thrift store, or to someone you know who might enjoy it. Go through your GoodReads TBR and kick off books that you don’t remember or that don’t interest you anymore. It’s very freeing.
These are just a few things that have helped me through reading slumps. I still sort of feel like I’m in one now, but I am still reading (albeit slowly) by using some of these ideas. What are ways you break out of your reading slump? Book hangovers?