Being a bookworm stuck in a reading slump is one of the worst feelings, and sometimes it isn't always easy to escape. A reading slump can be described as a period of time where one is unable to get invested in a book or story. This can happen for various reasons, from just plain being too busy with work or school to not finding books that interest you at that point in time. 

Slumps can have an emotional impact on a reader, as they may feel that they aren't accomplishing enough by not finishing any books or they are bummed out that they cannot find a book to hold their interest. This is my least favorite part about being in a reading slump, as it tends to just escalate the slump even more. Because of this, many readers try to break their slumps as quickly as possible. If this describes you, I'm here to try to help. 

  • Tip #1: Take a Break

Simply not forcing yourself to read may help in some slump situations. Put down the books for a bit and pick up another hobby that you enjoy, or even just binge-watch that show you've been meaning to see. The urge to read may come back in time, and the excitement of reading starts all over again.

  • Tip #2: Try a Different Genre

If you usually read contemporary books, try some paranormal or horror. If you're constantly staring at historical fiction, pick up a memoir. Just switching things up may bring a new experience of reading that you were missing if you previously stuck to one genre. Many readers do love a variety of genres, so if that is the case, find one that you haven't read in awhile (or a completely new one that you never would have thought to try!). 

  • Tip #3: Pick Up a Comic Book or Graphic Novel

This is what has helped me the most in getting out of reading slumps. Comic books and graphic novels are quicker reads, so they were ones I was able to reasonably finish while I was in college with an extremely packed schedule. Since I was still finishing a book, I felt that sense of accomplishment, and it was great for getting into story lines that moved at a quicker pace than a 500-page novel's plot. 

 

If you have any other tips for breaking a reading slump, feel free to leave a comment! These are tips that I have personally used and had success with, and I am always looking for more ways to help others (as I'm sure there are many that I haven't even thought of!). 

What is your experience with reading slumps?

Published by April Soller