Reading slump. Just typing the words is enough to make me shudder. But it happens to the best of us – when nothing we read seems to grab our interest and reading has turned from fun to a chore. Here are a few suggestions on how to get yourself out of the dreaded reading slump.
Pick a different book. I have no problem stopping a book if I’m just not feeling it, but I know some people don’t like to give up on a book. But why force yourself to slog through a book if you don’t have to? If it just isn’t the right time for that book you can always try it again later, but sometimes it just isn’t the book for you. There’s no shame in that! Life is too short to waste on books you don’t like. Sometimes, it’s good to be a quitter.
Read just a page a day. If struggling with making time to read is what’s causing your slump, reading just a page is still progress. It doesn’t seem like much, but it’s a page more than you had read yesterday, and anything is better than nothing! Besides, as I have discovered many, many times, reading “just one page” turns into “just one more page,” “I’ll just finish the chapter,” and finally “I have to finish this!” (usually said with bleary eyes in the wee hours in the morning)
Reread an old fave. Sometimes it’s nice to go back to something familiar that you know you’ll enjoy. Alternatively, try a book you haven’t read by one of your favorite authors.
Read something short. Try a short story collection or anthology, poetry, or novella.
Try something completely new. If you’ve been reading a lot of realistic fiction, try a mystery! If your reading comfort zone is fantasy, check out some historical fiction! Take a chance on an author you haven’t read before or a genre you’ve never tried. Sometimes that will be enough to jumpstart your brain back into enjoying reading again.
Ask for help. Ask a friend, family member, or your friendly neighborhood children’s library staff (hint hint!) for a recommendation. Personally, I LOVE helping people at the library find their next favorite book. Stop in and see if we can help you too!