9 Sure Tips To Get You Out Of A Reading Slump

Reading slump. Haven’t we all experienced one of those! I don’t care if you are a bookworm ninja, at one point or another those books we love don’t seem to grab our attention.

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If you are experiencing a reading slump, it would be good to identify why you are in one in the first place.

Reasons You Might Get Into A Reading Slump

You’re In The Middle Of A Book You’re Not Enjoying-Ditch that book. It’s never that serious. You owe it to yourself to enjoy the simple things in life.

You simply don’t have the time to read-And that is acceptable too. We are busy people, and sometimes we get busier than usual.

You Simply Would Rather be Doing Something Else- Sometimes we just want to be in the real world and give the characters between the pages a rest. We want to visit new places and hangout with friends.

You Can’t Get Over The Great Book You Just Read-Sometimes you need a breather to get over the characters you just befriended in your last read. They left a lasting impression on you and you’re having a hard time saying good bye. This could easily be your favourite book but with that comes the reading slump.


Social has taken over your life-Netflix happened!

All Of A Sudden, there’s so much to catch up on, also called BINGE watching. And now Reading Is not such a priority.

In other words, life happens and your routine is interrupted. It is quite normal, give it a rest, allow yourself to recharge. However if the slump persists to a point it’s a concern then there are a few things you can try to get out of the slump.

Ways To Get Out Of A Reading Slump

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Re-Arrange your bookshelf

There is something about reorganizing your bookshelf that sends you on a ‘Genres I must Add To My Bookshelf’ frenzy. Meaning It’s time to declutter and get the books that will be of interest to you. Consider this a good time to evaluate your book collection trends. Perhaps you are like most bookworms whose main goal is to have their own bespoke Library.

Yes! We all want a room full of books. But good books right? Books that you can tell a story of how you got be curious about them.

Because we want an impressive bookshelf filled with books, books and more books, we end up being impulsive buyers. neglecting the Grande aspect of experience.

Take out all the books that make you say ‘meh’ and sell them to buy those books that are of interest to you now. After all, One man’s trash Is another man’s treasure as they say.

Voila! You are on your way to reading utopia.

Ask For Recommendations

I heard it said, we admire people because of their discipline. Think about all the people in your circle you know are Book Sensei’s.  Recommendations from people you trust and admire is a good way to get back in line.

However if none of these are an option for you, The Fun Librarian has a few recommendations. All you have to do is subscribe and let us know what books tickle your fancy.

Have a Self-Care Day

What I would otherwise call, ‘My Day With me’. Take a Day off and treat yourself by doing something you enjoy and is relaxing. Have a Spa Day in your bath tub. Set the mood for a dreamy experience with some good jazzy music, scented candles and don’t forget that snack.

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Change Your Environment

Perhaps its not the book that’s the problem. It could be the spot you have been doing plenty of your leisurely reading from.

I like reading in total silence most of the times. Other times I enjoy some background noise like a café setting or a park.

Ditch your bed, and step out of the house for a change of scenery. Have your read at an open space café that serves natural aesthetics. In short change things up a little.

Switch off your phone

We all know how we love to hate and hate to love social media. But it would do you some good to keep away from the phone to enjoy that pacy thriller. Another perk of staying away from the phone is to maintain a good measure of mental health.

Visit a Bookstore

I would especially advise that you visit a bookstore that has engaging and lively personnel; that way your experience in finding new adventures in books is more exciting.

Have a Buddy Read

Reading with a friend who loves books as much as you do can do the trick, as you spend an afternoon out of discussing your favourite characters. It never gets old living your best life through books you have read.

Have a Book Swap

I have done this plenty of times and it works. Swap a book that you rave about a lot with a book your friend can’t stop recommending.

The advantages to this are plenty top of the list being it will cost you nothing. Secondly, you will have a chance to explore a book or genre you’d have never willingly picked.

Read A Blog or Magazine

Reading Magazines is just as relaxing and entertaining. If magazines are hard to come by, there are plenty of blogs in cyber space and lots to learn and share.

Have you ever experienced a reading slump? What do you think got you into the slump? Can you relate to any of these tips? Which ones can you add? Let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear from you.