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5 Things to Do When You’re in a Reading Slump

Reading slumps are everywhere. It’s practically unavoidable, and can hit you at the most unexpected times. However, I’m going to show you a few ways that I recovered from them, whether they’re weekly or even monthly slumps.

1. Reread your favorite books!

This is one of the best ways to get out of a slump. Typically, I never really want to start a new book when under a slump, so I go back to reading a book I know I’ll love and enjoy. Usually books on the shorter end work better for this (long ones may feel too elongated, and you may not be motivated anymore), however long ones can work as well. If you have no idea what book to reread, I’d suggest something you gave over a 4 star previously so that you’ll enjoy it and want to come back to reading again.

2. Continue a series

This may not work for some of you, but for certain books, I’ve actually never managed to continue the series, even if I loved the prior books. I think this is a good way to motivate yourself, since you’re already familiar with the characters. Even if you disliked the first book of a series, you can always try out the second to see if you’ll enjoy it.

3. Check out new releases

Books come out nearly every day (though mostly on Tuesdays), so why not discover a new favorite book. I personally have a local library to read books from, but if you don’t, an alternative is to get something on a kindle. When I use this method, I try to choose books that have over a 4 star rating on Goodreads, so that I know it is something that many other people enjoyed.

4. Ask a friend

This is a great solution if you’re not up to any of the others. You can talk to a friend about a book they’ve loved, or a book that has gotten them out of a slump in the past. Also, you can consider “buddy reading” books, which is where you and a friend read the same book simultaneously. This can be a good way for you and your friend to motivate each other to read.

5. Take a break

Lastly, if nothing else works, you can always take a break from reading. Sometimes when I’ve read a lot of books, I get worn out, and there’s nothing I can really do about it. If you’re stuck in a similar situation, this is a good alternative.

Let me know if any of these tricks has helped you, and I hope to write more posts like this in the future!

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