Hey! As a bookworm, there are very few things I hate more than being stuck in a reading slump. I’ve been in one for weeks, but I’m finally starting to see the reading light at the end of the tunnel! If you want to read but just can’t find the energy, or if you finished a book recently and can’t find another one that interests you, here are my tips for getting out of a reading slump.
Take a break from reading
A what?? I hear you cry. Trust me. If you don’t want to read anything at the moment, don’t read anything for now! Don’t try to force yourself to read if you really don’t want to. You won’t enjoy the book and it’s unlikely to make you want to read more if you’re hating every minute. Give it a few days, or a few weeks, however long you want. One day that motivation to read will come back and you’ll have your head in a book again in no time!
Don’t be afraid to DNF
The best thing I ever did for my reading habits was finally letting myself give up on a book. I’d been one of those people determined to see every book I started through to the end, but as someone once said to me, you can only read so many books: don’t waste time on one you’re not enjoying. Even if it’s a book everyone else loved, it’s okay to put it down and find something else more your style. And if you really want, you could always leave a bookmark in it and come back to it in the future!
Read something short
Sometimes it’s hard to concentrate on a book when you’re 30 pages in and you’ve got another 500 to go. If you want to read but you’re intimidated by the commitment needed for a few hundred pages, pick up something short! Maybe try reading a play or even pick up a graphic novel!
Find a book club or a group of friends who will read a book at the same time as you
Studying literature at uni was particularly difficult when we were reading a book I absolutely hated, but I always felt motivated knowing I’d have to read a certain amount for my next lecture. If you can turn reading into a social activity and promise your book club/your friends that you’ll finish a book by a certain date, it might help you get back on track.
Look out for recommendations
It can be difficult to get out of that lull after you finish a book you really enjoyed. That book hangover can be hard to shake and everything else seems to pale in comparison. Luckily, there are thousands of places you can find inspiration for your next read! Goodreads will recommend you books you might like, you can listen to podcasts where the hosts do nothing but talk about book recommendations, or you could spend hours trawling the bookstagram tag on Instagram! Find out what your friends are reading; see what bloggers are reading; see what’s popular at the moment; keep an eye on new releases. It might take time, but you’ll find another book to love!
Bonus tip: just read
This might sound like a strange one, but it worked for me. I knew I was enjoying the book I had started but I was struggling to pick it up again. Eventually, I set aside some time to read a few pages. Then I finished the chapter. Then I read a few hundred pages more, and just like that my reading slump was over. Sometimes all it takes is to start reading, and the book will do the rest.
Those are my tips for getting out of a reading slump; I hope they help! Do you have any tips of your own for people? Let me know in the comments, follow me on Instagram @afewmorebooks for more bookish content, and thanks for reading!