What To Do If You’re Experiencing a Slump

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.

  1. Play a video game.
  2. 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
  3. Learn a new hobby, or practice an old one.
  4. Listen to an audiobook.
  5. Read a graphic novel, short book, novella, or an anthology.
  6. 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…
  7. Go back and read an old favorite book, or an anticipated sequel if you like rereading books.
  8. If you usually read speculative fiction, try something different like contemporary or historical fiction. Instead of reading YA, try juvenile fiction or adult fiction.
  9. If you’re stuck in the middle of a book you’re not enjoying, it’s okay to stop reading it.
  10. Take a break from reading for a few days/weeks/months and come back to it when it feels right.

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