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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Library Book Haul! #3

I know you all are probably waiting for a book review, and there will be one I just have to write it. There is a work in progress please remain patient. For now I am giving you yet another library book haul. Get pumped! (All the books will be linked to Goodreads if you want to know what they are about.)

The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders by Stuart Kells – Nonfiction

You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac – Fiction/Contemporary

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord – Young Adult/Contemporary 

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) and A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers #2)  by Becky Chambers – Science Fiction

Monsterland by James Crowley – Middle grade/Fantasy

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer – Fiction/Contemporary

Dominic (Hollow Man #2) by Mark Pryor – Mystery/Thriller

Circe by Madeline Miller – Mythology/Fiction

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain – Historical Fiction

Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk – Fiction

Into the Storm by Tristram Korten – Nonfiction

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte – Nonfiction

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch – Fantasy

I’ve been in and out of a reading slump since February, and no matter what I read it doesn’t seem to help. I’m hoping with all of these options I will at least find one. I am currently reading two of these books and I just don’t find myself picking them up. I have taken breaks from reading to see if that helps, and all it makes me do is wish I was reading. If you have any ideas as to how I can be released from this awful slump then let me know down in the comments. 

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