How to Get Out of a Reading Slump
“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
― Oscar Wilde
If I’m honest, I think I’ve run myself down the last few months. The house renovations have been incredibly stressful, we’ve been living out of boxes or staying with Sam’s family and everything has felt in limbo and I don’t feel like we’ve had a home. I’ve also been juggling my full-time job with Dougie, first-trimester exhaustion and some personal things as well.
I didn’t pick up a book in around two months because I literally didn’t have the energy or motivation (terrible book blogger, I know) and once I got into that lull, I found it hard to drag myself out of it. I thought I’d share a few of the ways I’ve managed to pull myself out of my reading slump… (also hitting the second trimester didn’t hurt!)
I’m not a huge re-reader, but there are a few books I have read several times. I’ve re-read/listened to the Harry Potter series numerous times, and this time I picked up I Am Pilgrim, which is one of my favourite books that I’d recommend to everyone. I’ve read it a couple of times and it’s such a long book that there’s no way I can remember all the amazing details. My theory was that because I already know I love the book then I’ll enjoy reading it again – so far it seems to be working! I’m excited about reading it and I’m looking forward to the moments when I can grab my book!
I asked on Twitter to find out what books other people enjoy re-reading…
I rarely re-read full books (not sure why!) but I love re-reading my favourite chapters / scenes. Sarah J Maas’s A Court of Mist and Fury is one I’ve re-read many chapters from, there’s so many dramatic moments that I want to re-live! 🥰 I’m sure @WithanOceanview would agree!
— Abbey Louisa Rose | BLOGGER (@abbeylouisarose) July 15, 2019
Harry Potter’s. Every year 😍
— Rachael 📚 (@_Rachael92) July 15, 2019
To Kill A Mockingbird – I reread it every year!
— TheAshmosphere (@theashmosphere) July 15, 2019
Harry Potter, his Dark Materials and the Caraval series! I’ll probably reread The Night. It is again soon too because I loved it!
— Rachel Bradford (@RachelAnne_Bee) July 15, 2019
The Harry Potter series, every other year, because I get something new out of it each time, and To Kill a Mockingbird because I love the way Harper Lee writes Scout’s voice. There’s nothing like coming back to a favourite book.
— Beth 🌿 (@toastywrites) July 16, 2019
The Redemption of Althalus by David Eddings, the A Court of Thorns and Roses series 😍 the first book of the Wheel of Time series, The Lies of Locke Lamora, so excited to re-read Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson… Basically fantasy 😂
— Flumpkin 🎃 (@Floribundar) July 15, 2019
Chatting to friends about what they’re reading
This has been a huge thing for me. I’m lucky to have made some amazing friends through blogging and following their reading progress, seeing their beautiful bookstagram photos etc has been hugely motivating for me. I’m particularly grateful to Amy and Abbey who are both always full of encouragement and happy to talk about books and bookstagram photos with me!
Visiting a library or bookshop and just browsing
All my books are packed away at the moment (but we have just had our shelves put in, I can’t wait to finally organise my books!) so I haven’t been able to just select a book from my collection. However, spending time surrounded by books, in a library, in a bookshop, it’s basically impossible not to pick some up, start reading
Stop focussing on targets and challenges
This was a big one for me. I challenged myself to read 75 books this year, and I was on 42 in May, before I hit my slump. I genuinely got anxious that I wouldn’t manage to hit my target, and then I realised that that was ridiculous – I should be reading because I want to be reading, not racing through books just for the sake of increasing my total number of books for the year. I’m re-reading I Am Pilgrim at the moment, which is a very hefty book, but I’m not counting it towards my reading challenge, I’m just reading for pure pleasure.
Do you ever find yourself in a reading slump? What helps you get back into reading?