How to Get Through a Reading Slump

We’ve all been there, you have a pile of books to read but for some reason you just can’t get through a book. It happened to me last week. I read a book that I had been anticipating, and it did not live up to that anticipation. In fact, I ended up just not liking it. Then the next book I picked up, I just couldn’t seem to get into. Not that it wasn’t good, but obviously it wasn’t for me personally.

Recently, I have been giving myself permission to not finish a book. This was something I never used to do. I would hate read that book until it was completed, and I could put it out of my sight. With the extended quarantine however, I have come to the realization of “why am I putting myself through that?” My time is important to me, I should fill it with books I’m actually enjoying.

The best course of action for me when I hit a reading slump is:

  1. Take a few days off. Seriously, just take a break from reading. I know you love to read, but your brain needs a break. I know far off places, daring sword fights, magic spells, and princes in disguise are very exciting, but they can also be overstimulating. So your brain needs a day off.
  2. Pick up a good romance or a book you just absolutely love. I normally pick up a great romance novel. Romance novels are always quick reads for me because I very easily get swept up in them. It clears away any issue I had been having, and in a couple of days I have the sense of accomplishment from finishing a book.

Just like that your are out of your reading slump. That’s what normally does the trick for me. The romance novel gets me out of whatever funk I was in, and then I’m able to pick up a brand new book no problem.

Let me know if this trick helps you out of a reading slump! Don’t forget to check out my instagram @kerryreadsthings

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