Have you ever been in a reading slump? If you’re not, you’re lucky. Mind to share how you’ve never been in a slump?

Last month, my reading slump started and it didn’t bother me at first since I can finish the books that I’m reading for a day or two but it was unexpected when I started reading a YA book, it took me 5 days to finish it and that time I realized I’m in a slump!

For you to not suffer like me, here are few tips to overcome reading slumps, the enemy we need to fight.

REREAD YOUR FAVORITE BOOK

There will always be times that you’re not having any progress in reading. Why not read your favorite books? Every time I’m in a slump, I’m always reading my favorite books. Ever heard of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban written by J.K. Rowling and Coraline by Neil Gaiman? Well, those are my favorite books to reread. Once you finished reading your favorites, you’ll crave to read some more.

RE-ORGANIZE YOUR BOOKSHELF

You’re not happy of the reading progress you’re having right now and you have a lot of to – be – read books in your list. Try re – organizing your bookshelf, maybe you can find books that’ll interest you. There are a lot of books in your bookshelf unnoticed and unread, it may kill your boredom and stagnating reading progress.

GO TO A BOOKSTORE

What’s more enjoying than going to a bookstore, right? If your bookshelf doesn’t have any books that interests you, try going to the nearest bookstore your locality has. You may not know it, there are books you’ve been wanting so badly and your local bookstore has a copy of it. It’s worth a try and what’s more is you’re being surrounded by books.

READ SOMETHING LIGHT

There can be times you cannot finish reading a 300-page or 400-page book. The best thing to do is try to slow down a little bit. Reading something light is the best thing to do. In doing this, it will make your pace at reading progress little by little.

Here are some books that are under 100 pages:

  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • Anthem by Ayn Rand
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll

ASK YOUR FRIENDS FOR A RECOMMENDATION

Of course, nothing beats to ask friends for help. In this time of crisis for readers like us, asking for help is one of the best methods that we can do. We may not know it but we have also real – life friends that are fond of reading. If rereading your favorites, re-organizing your bookshelf, going to a bookstore or reading light books cannot help you to stop reading slump, try asking a friend to recommend a good book for you to read. You may not know, the book your friend recommended to you can be your favorite or a great read.

GET BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FROM GOODREADS

Some of the readers we know or even us have a Goodreads account. Having this kind of account is a privilege to every reader like you. You can track the books you’ve read, list the books that you wanted to read and what’s more is you can rate and give a review to the books in this website. Goodreads isn’t just a website to track down your progress but it also have the list of the best books to read according to its genre.

DO SOMETHING ELSE. HAVE A BREAK.

Of all the suggested tips I’ve mentioned above, this is the last option you’ll ever have. If the tips above didn’t help you, do something else, have a break. Instead of not doing anything at all because you have reading slump, do something else besides reading, like watching some film adaptation related to the books you’ve already read, do read some book blogs, or do some household chores. If you ask me, when I’m into reading slump, I’m reading manga (‘cause manga is different from books), watching anime, re-watching Harry Potter, tutoring pupils, sleeping, or thinking what should I post in my blog.

You can do whatever you want when you’re in a reading slump but I tell you, once you’ve noticed you’re not reading enough, you’ll notice you miss reading and will start reading again. It doesn’t matter how many books you’ll read in a week, a month or a year because what matters most is you love reading no matter how many distractions you have. Don’t let reading slump destroy your love and enjoyment for reading, fight it, overcome it.

 Original post in my blog:

https://yukirinthepeculiarreader.wordpress.com/2017/01/31/blog-update-1-5-reading-slump-the-enemy-we-must-defeat/

Published by Ruz the Peculiar Reader