How to Get Out of a Reading Slump

July 22, 2019Hels

“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!)

Re-reading

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…


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?

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