I’ve just spent the last hour trying to write a blog post but it turns out I’m in a blog slump as well as a book slump. I don’t even know if blog slumps are a thing. Since going back to University I’ve not had as much time to read as I did before. I’ve tried to set time aside to read but it’s not helped. It also doesn’t help that the last book I read put me in the slump in the first place. I do have a few tips for getting out of book slumps that have helped me in the past. I thought I’d share them in case they help anyone else.
- Do not force yourself to read. Forcing yourself to read when you’re in a slump will only make things worse. You can end up not enjoying a book that you probably would have enjoyed if you weren’t in a slump. Take a break from reading and slowly start reading again.
- Re-read an old favourite. Reading a book that you know you loved is a good way of getting out of a slump. It will remind you why you love to read and also you get to go back into the world of your favourite book.
- This next one might only work for me but I thought I’d mention it anyway. I try to read contemporary books whenever I’m in a slump. They’re quick to get into and I tend to fly through them. I definitely recommend Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and any book by Morgan Matson.
- There’s definitely lots of reasons why you might be in a book slump but if it’s the book causing it – stop reading it. Don’t read the book if you’re not enjoying it. I’m the type of person who has to finish a book I’m reading before I start another and this has caused me to have so many book slumps.
- This last piece of advice might not help at all but buy a new book. Go to a bookshop or shop online and try and find a new book that interests you. A new book could really help you out of your slump.
I really hope these tips help!