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.
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).
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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