You know when you want to read but you also don’t want to read? Nothing is grabbing your interest and you just feel like you’ll never read another book again? That’s the reading slump. It’s like writer’s block but for reading, and it is very annoying. Sometimes it’s caused by burnout, sometimes it’s caused by the emotional ending of a previous book, and sometimes it just happens. Here are a few things that I do when I encounter the dreaded reading slump.
1. Reread a book I loved
Sometimes, I just can’t seem to get into a new book. Even if its the most masterfully written book filled with lines of perfect prose and delicious descriptions, if I’m in a reading slump, it just might not appeal to me at the moment. That’s when I often re-read one of my favorite books. I know what I’m getting into, and I know I’m going to love the story because I’ve already read it!
2. Read a book from my favorite genre
Similar to #1, reading a book from my favorite genre helps me know what I’m getting into. More than not, fantasy books are a great pick up for me. Or a Jane Austen book I haven’t read yet. Whatever genre sparks your interest in reading the most might help pull you out of that slump.
If you feel like you don’t have the motivation or energy to physically read a book, audiobooks are a great substitute! You can listen while you’re driving, while you’re cleaning, or while you’re crocheting (my personal favorite). That way, you’re getting the experience of a new story, and it might be enough to excite you into picking that book up after all.
4. Take a break from reading
There was a time I just really, really needed a break from reading for fun. And I took one. I needed to focus on schoolwork, on my responsibilities, and on myself. The break lasted longer than I wanted it to, but it helped me to take the pressure that I had been putting on myself to read until I slowly but surely crept my way back into my reading habits.
If you’ve found yourself within the reading slump, never fear! Your love of reading will return if you really want it to. Don’t pressure yourself to read simply to say you’ve read, and don’t burn yourself out either. It can be good to take some time away from reading if you feel that’s best.