I am currently in an awful reading slump, and let me just say that reading slumps are the worst! And the bad thing is, anybody can be a victim of this at any time, and it’s really hard to get out of a reading slump once your already in one. It’s almost impossible to be an avid reader without having a reading slump. But no worries because I have compiled a list of 5 things to do to get out of a reading slump.
1. Take a break from reading.
Usually, the cause of a reading slump is reading too much. The simple way to fix that is to take a break from reading. Watch TV, do something productive. Anything that doesn’t include picking up a book and reading it will do. Sometimes, your mind just needs a vacation in order for it to work properly, and happily.
2. Don’t read books your not very excited for.
When your a vigorous reader, you often set goals for yourself. Whether it is to read a certain amount of books each month, or read the books you’ve been putting to the side for a long amount of time, we all do it. Reading shouldn’t be a chore, so don’t make it one. Pick up a book you have been itching to read for a long time, not one you feel like you should have read a long time ago. If you don’t feel like reading it, then don’t pick it up, because once you start it, you’ll feel bad about putting it down.
3. Don’t make it a chore.
Like I said above, you shouldn’t make reading something you HAVE to do. No. Nobody except yourself is making you do this. If you are dragging yourself through every paragraph of a book, you should stop, because obviously you’re not enjoying yourself. Reading is something we do because we enjoy it, not because we have to do it.
4. Read short, fun books.
There are a lot of short books out there (The Outsiders, Of Mice and Men, The Great Gatsby). Whenever your in a reading slump, don’t read long books. Just don’t okay? Even if it’s a book you’ve been wanting to read for a long time, don’t pick it up if you are in a reading slump the size of a crater. Try a short book, because there are many amazing books out there under 200 pages that may get you out of your reading slump. Or you could pick up a fun, light read such as a coloring book (I know, it’s not technically a BOOK, but it’s better than nothing). They are fun and relaxing at the same time, while also making you focus on something else.
5. Re-read a favorite.
Sometimes whenever your in a really bad reading slump, it’s because reading about new characters and worlds makes your brain ache. If that’s your case, pick up a favorite of yours so that you can glide through it without feeling the pressure of remembering characters and events because you already know what’s going to happen, and it’s nice to re-visit one of your favorites. Whenever I was in a reading slump and didn’t feel like reading anything at all, I looked at my new copies of the first two Harry Potter books on my shelves and felt the urge to immerse myself in the Wizarding World again, so that’s what I did, and I am so glad I did because after that, I felt the need to read even more books than I have in months.
I hope that this list helped you either get out of a reading slump or try and avoid getting in a reading slump altogether. I hope that doing some of these things will help get me out of my current reading slump, because I know it’s worked for me in the past.
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