So, you’ve just finished the greatest (or worst) book EVER, and you seem to have fallen into a bit of a slump? Or… maybe you’re like me and just can’t seem to get back into the groove of conquering your TBR book by book. Don’t worry. All readers get to this place at some point. You’re not damned to never find another book enjoyable… hopefully. It won’t always be like this. Trust me.
Of course… if you don’t trust me (and I mean, why would you? We just met.) I’ve got 5 ways to pull yourself out of that terrible reading slump (from my own personal experience).
Revisit an old favorite
Hell, revisit an old favorite children’s book. You won’t regret it! I did this recently with James and the Giant Peach, a selection of Dr. Seuss books, and a cheesy Goosebumps book. It definitely brought me out of that slump.
Surround yourself with book-spiration
Whether it’s Tumblr or Instagram or even talking to a coworker about your current faves, it might help to see other people being enthusiastic about books. Who knows, you may even find a new book to add to your ever-growing TBR pile. (Also, if you’re not following Amanda @ The BookCraft by now, what are you even doing on Instagram?)
Read a very short story
… or dive into a comic/graphic novel. Trick your brain into thinking you’re not reading at all. If you need some ideas, online literary magazines like Hobart and [Pank] are good places to start. (source: I had to troll those a lot in college for my lit mag course)
Have you tried an audiobook?
Or a bookish podcast (because Book Riot has a list of 25 bookcasts to check out)? Sometimes when I burn myself out on physical copies, I can still get in some quality book time by having one read to me. Be careful, though. Not every voice you encounter while browsing through your favorite books will be a good one.
Take a break
You might just be burnt out, so don’t force it. You don’t have to read every minute of every day no matter what people say. I promise your reader’s card won’t be revoked. Just make sure you come back!
Are there any things you guys do when the dreaded reading slump rears its ugly head? I’d like to add to the list.