Five Ways to Overcome a Reading Slump

As you know, I am a reader. I read every single day. But sometimes I find myself in a reading slump, where I can’t settle on what to read or even how to read it – paperback v Kindle. The slump never lasts for long, but I have developed a few tricks to overcome it as soon as possible.

  • Change where you read | I do most of my reading at lunchtime or in bed before I go to sleep. I’ve found that when I’m in a slump, simply changing where I read helps. I eat lunch without reading and then try and spend 15 minutes on the sofa with my book. At night, I might spend an extra 20-30 minutes downstairs on the sofa before going upstairs to bed.
  • Reorganize Your Bookshelves | Try just being around books instead of reading them! Plus, I might just rediscover a book hiding there that sparks my interest. (This task can also help you decide if there are any books you want to donate or sell.)
  • Hide Your TBR Pile | I get it. We all have that stack of books that’s staring at us longingly every time we walk by. It’s time to let go of the guilt! Pick up those books and move them out of sight!
  • Watch a Movie / TV Show Based on A Book | This is almost like reading, right? I say it counts. There are endless options for movies and shows based on books, so get drawn into a story this way instead! Netflix has a lot of book adaptations, but the Virgin River series, while watchable, is a poor substitute for the books. 
  • Take a Break | Rather than constantly picking up and putting down books right away, give yourself permission to take a break. This may seem like the opposite advice for how to get out of a reading slump, but it’s worth a try. Make it significant enough to have an impact. If you’re usually an everyday reader, wait a week. If you read a few times here and there, wait a month. By the time the clock has run out, you may find you’re actually missing the hobby. Sometimes if you’re looking for how to get out of a reading slump, you just need to…not read.

Let me know in the comments if you have any tips for overcoming a reading slump.

6 thoughts on “Five Ways to Overcome a Reading Slump

  1. Are you a mind reader? This is just the post I needed to read today! I got just over half way through our book club choice this month and while it is a really interesting true story, it just seems to be dragging and I had to put it down. So thinking that maybe I just needed to try a totally different genre to shake things up a bit, I picked up the book P has just finished that was recommended by a local book store. That’s not making me impatient to pick up and read just one chapter more either! I quite enjoy Virgin River the TV series so maybe I would love the books even more … maybe I need to investigate.

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  2. I have found that reading non fiction books helps me to ge back into reading fiction. I read a biography or history type book. Also, I sometimes give up on a book and go back to it a few weeks later, sometimes it works, others I abandon the book, life really is far too short to plod on with a book you are not enjoying!

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  3. Some sound advice for reading slumps & let’s hope they are few & short (col). Sometimes because I use the library for my book supply, I am forced into a break while I wait for the books to arrive.

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    1. I can not remember the last time I ordered a book through the library, probably because they never seem to buy in any new titles.


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