Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river. – Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Lisa See
When’s the last time you had one; a reading slump? Maybe it’s because you’ve been busy adulting and just can’t seem to find the time to read. Or perhaps you just finished an amazing book (did you say Middlemarch) and everything else seems to pale in comparison? Could it be that you’ve been making your way through some dense literature or a tome (did you say War and Peace) and are just not feeling motivated to read anything?
Well fellow readers, I think most of us, if not all of us, have experienced some sort of reading pains throughout our reading life. I’ve been thinking about what I’ve done personally to get out of the slump and I asked my fellow book lovers for their advice.
Here’s a few recommendations
- Re-read a favorite book! This was the most popular answer. After pushing through a particularly challenging read (Yes I did finish) I reread Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. I loved it so much; it was like visiting old friends, enjoying a few laughs over a few cups of tea.
- Read a collection of essays, short stories, or poetry. This was a great suggestion! See note below.
- Read some fan fiction or a light read – I recently had a book hangover after Middlemarch and couldn’t seem to concentrate on anything I picked up. I tried a couple novellas by Fredrik Backman. They were short enough to read back to back in one sitting. Perfect palate cleanser.
- Try an audiobook – Maybe one of the suggestions in one of the 3 above? Or do you have a favorite narrator? Audiobooks are always a good change of pace and a fun way to change up your reading routine.
- Stick to a reading schedule. Do you have definite times each day you set aside for reading? Maybe it’s 10-15 minutes before work, at lunch or before bed. Reading at a regular time will help you keep a good reading routine. What a practical idea!
- Do something completely different. Maybe there’s a TV series you’ve been mean to catch up on? Or maybe a film adaptation of a book you’ve been meaning to watch? Or maybe a walk in the park, a trip to a local tea shop for an unscheduled tea haul?
- Have a tea party for 1 or more. A personal favorite, I really don’t need an excuse to have one.
What advice do you have for getting over reading slumps?