Let’s Talk Bookish: The best ways to get over reading slumps

Hello!! This post is a bit late, and wasn’t the one I’d originally planned for today, but thanks to a mix up around a book tag I was working on, I decided to finish up this post, since it’s such a great topic!! I’m going to be listing what I think are some of the best ways to get over a reading slump!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! This week’s topic was suggested by Raphaela @ The Portuguese Bibliophile, and today, I’m going to talk the best ways (in my opinion) to get over a reading slump.

What is a reading slump?

A reading slump is when you just don’t feel like reading as much as you used to, when you aren’t enjoying books like you have in the past. This could be for many reasons: maybe you read a book that didn’t make you want to read any others, maybe there are things happening in your life, or maybe you’re just not feeling like reading.

Reading breaks can be helpful, and stepping away from books can be good for people, but a lot of the time falling into reading slumps can be very frustrating, whether it before a few days, or weeks, or maybe even months.


Rereading a favorite

When I’m in a reading slump, the first thing I do is rereading a favorite book. I might pick up Percy Jackson or the Penderwicks, something I know I love, and something that isn’t too dense or difficult to read.

I especially like picking up a favorite from when I was a lot younger can be nice because for me they’re usually easier to read.

Reading a shorter, less intense book

Shorter books can also be nice. They’re less of a commitment, and can go by much faster as opposed to longer, denser, and more complex books.

Reading books that aren’t as heavy content-wise is also helpful. If I’m in a reading slump, I know I’m not going to be able to get through a complicated high fantasy. However, if I pick up a lighter contemporary, I’m much more likely to enjoy it.

Switching formats

My third and final tip is to try switching formats; if you usually reading physical books, maybe listening to an audiobook could help! That way, you could do something else while reading the book.

Or maybe, if you almost always read ebooks, it could be nice to try a physical book. Not everybody has access to multiple formats though, so changing between ebooks and audiobooks and physical books isn’t possible for everyone.


Wrapping this up…

Reading slumps are annoying, but there are ways to get out of them! I hope that this post was helpful for you, and I’d love to hear what strategies you use to get out of reading slumps!

What do you do when you’re in a reading slump? Do you fall into reading slumps often? What tips do you have for others? Chat with me in the comments below!

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