How I Defeat a Reading Slump

I hit reading slumps quite often throughout any given year, and I’m not sure why or how. I know that everyone is different as to how they get out of a slump, but this post is just some tips and tricks I use to defeat one.

Step Away.

I never try to force myself to read. If I start multiple books and don’t make it past the first chapter, I put everything down and focus on something else. I’ll work on a puzzle, watch movies, watch YouTube, bake, etc. Sometimes, that’ll happen for weeks, months, but I don’t let it get to me. Reading, for me, is usually for entertainment and relaxation.

Switch Up Format.

Sometimes a reading slump is that big of a feat. If I start to get tired of physical books, I’ll switch to an eBook. I’ve actually been drawn to eBooks lately. I think a lot of it has to do with portability and the fact that eBooks are cheaper (usually). My wallet appreciates that the most. Audiobooks are usually paired with either format. I love me a good audiobook, but I struggle to just listen to an audiobook.

Switch Up the Genre.

I think this pretty much explains itself. Either I put the book down that I’m struggling with or DNF it, and I’ll pick up something from a new genre. I will typically crawl to historical fiction—it’s my happy place (most of the time).

Watch BookTube.

I think watching someone talk about books makes me want to read. If I’m going to step away and watch YouTube, then I can stand to watch some of my favorite BookTubers. This doesn’t always work, typically my last-ditch effort, but it doesn’t hurt the slump.


Do you have any tips and tricks to defeat a reading slump? Jot them down in the comments if you want to share.


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12 thoughts on “How I Defeat a Reading Slump”

  1. Awesome and helpful tips! I also feel that watching Booktube helps me to be motivated to read. Same for writing—watch Authortube if you’re having a writer’s block:)

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      1. Noelle Gallagher, Hannah @ A Clockwork Reader, Chandler Ainsley, Riley @ rmfickfack, Emily @ BookswithEmilyFox, Olivia @ Oliviareadsalatte, April @ Getting Hygge With It, Gabby @ gabbyreads. Just to name a few lol! Who are your favorites?

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  2. Stepping away is certainly one of the best things you can do. I found myself doing this a lot last year when I simply couldn’t concentrate on reading and it was the right thing to do. It meant that when I felt like reading again, I could really sit down and read and feel happy about it.

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