So you are experiencing a reading slump? The first thing you need to do is acknowledge and accept that you’re in a slump, and that it’s okay NOT to read. Sometimes readers experience slumps due to feeling burned out from reading similar stories over and over again, or a story just isn’t a great as we were hoping it would be. Or maybe we recently finished a really good book and the sequel isn’t out, and nothing will ever compare.
Sometimes, we see other people reading 10+ books a month and get discouraged. Or sometimes reading feels like a chore if you’re a reviewer. Reading should never become a chore or a competition!
I’ve been in a slump for quite a while now. Here’s my advice.
- Play a video game.
- Binge watch a show. Here are some I recommend.
Comedy: The Office, Parks and Rec, Scrubs, 30 Rock, Grace and Frankie, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bob’s Burgers, Rick and Morty, Family Guy, Mike Tyson’s Mysteries, etc.
SciFi/Fantasy: Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate, Star Trek, Heroes, Farscape, etc
Anime: Attack on Titan, Death Note, Sword Art Online, Blue Exorcist, Seven Deadly Sins, etc
- Learn a new hobby, or practice an old one.
- Listen to an audiobook.
- Read a graphic novel, short book, novella, or an anthology.
- Try reading one chapter of each book on your TBR. Whichever chapter sucks you in from the start, read that book. If nothing sucks you in then…
- Go back and read an old favorite book, or an anticipated sequel if you like rereading books.
- If you usually read speculative fiction, try something different like contemporary or historical fiction. Instead of reading YA, try juvenile fiction or adult fiction.
- If you’re stuck in the middle of a book you’re not enjoying, it’s okay to stop reading it.
- Take a break from reading for a few days/weeks/months and come back to it when it feels right.