It’s a known fact among those who were following me from the start, that I suffered from a terrible reading slump. It was so bad that it lasted for almost a year. Anyone who has experienced this (or experiencing it right now) knows that it’s actually hard to overcome it.
What do we do?
- Read everything.
Check your TBR pile and check off each book that you planned on reading. Try every book from that list. I find that it can spark something in you, to inspire you to read again.
- Try a genré that you’ve never tried before.
You might have avoided a certain genré, but stepping our of your comfort zone might actually surprise you. Discovering new books from the newly explored genré might cure your slump. A cheesy contemporary romance might do the trick!
- Ask friends for recommendations.
There were so many recommendations that were thrown my way, and some of those books actually made me read. Friends who love to read can give you book titles that they loved, and chances are you might love it, too.
- Reread a favourite book.
One of my favourite books is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. This book gives me comfort, and since it’s not a long book, it’s easy to do a reread. Other books that I’ve reread during my slump are Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Tiger Lily, Anansi Boys.
- Instead of reading, why not listen to books?
When I was on a reading slump, I tried to listen to audiobooks. To be honest, my favourite narrator was of the Harry Potter series. Stephen Fry is a superb narrator, that listening to him tell Harry’s story was so comforting. Let’s just say that I have a thing with British accents.
- Read short books.
There are so many short books out there that are so short, it should be a breeze to read them. There’s The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, one of my favourite short reads. Other short books that are less than 220 pages are If I Stay by Gayle, The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, and if you know any more, let me know!
- Blog hop and read your favourite book blogger’s reviews. I find that reading other people’s reviews can inspire you to read that book. Read and read book reviews until something grabs you.
- Do something else. Relax. Take a break from reading!
Sometimes, you just have to stop and smell the roses. Well, what I did was watch a lot of Korean and Japanese dramas. I actually listed my top favourite Korean dramas from last year on my other blog. It actually inspired me to learn Korean on my own. I am still learning, but I think I can hold a decent conversation with a Korean. Annyeong Haseyo!I think this is the best advice, to take a break. I was someone who read book after book after book, but then I had a burn out. I forced myself to read, but I always end up getting stressed or not finishing the book. I didn’t want to add all those books on my DNF list because I still want to read them in the future. They were good books, I just wasn’t in the mood to read them.Don’t feel bad when you are not reading anything. Read at your own pace. I find that most people become so anxious when they are not reading anything. They feel that they are missing out a lot, but if you think about it, those books are not going anywhere. Read for your own pleasure. When it becomes too much, take a break.
What about you? What have you done to cure your reading slump? Share your ideas by leaving a comment below.
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