Last month I was absolutely in a reading rut. Hence why I only managed to finish one book as opposed to my usual 4-6.
I picked up multiple books in April, but would always tap out around the 100 page mark. Nothing held my interest and I couldn’t seem to find a book on my shelf to bring me out of it.
I even skipped my Book of the Month box* in April because I didn’t want to add even more books to my TBR shelf that I knew I wouldn’t get to or be motivated by any time soon.
By the end of the month, I’d almost given up. I was watching more Netflix and TV than ever (that Scandal season finale was INSANE) and ended my nights scrolling through Instagram instead of in a book.
Reading slumps usually happen to me if I’m trying too hard to finish certain books or after I finish a book so good that I can’t pick up something new and jump into another world just yet (a true book hangover).
Still, doing a few key things usually helps bring me out of a rut and back into a good read.
Fall back to old favorites
For me, there are a few books and authors I know I can always rely on for a good read, regardless of my reading mood. This typically means Harry Potter, some Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park specifically), or an Emily Giffin novel (Babyproof is my favorite by her, so far). It’s even better if you can reread a book you always know and love. Sometimes it takes going backwards a bit to move forward to something new.
Keep it light
Heavy books or ones that intimidate me definitely don’t help ending my reading ruts. I know we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover or length, butt that’s hard to do during a reading slump. A young adult contemporary read usually does the trick for me –and a smaller book at that. I recently read Jenny Han’s Always and Forever Lara Jean in one day. A big shift from my April reading.
Read with friends
Sometimes you need someone else to help motivate you to the finish line. Pick a book that you and a friend have both been wanting to read and work through it together. Plan a mini book club meeting to discuss what you liked and didn’t like about the book.
Step outside of your comfort zone
Mixing it up can be a good way to get yourself back into a reading routine. Try a new author or genre that you wouldn’t typically reach for. Or ask a friend with different reading tastes to recommend something that they’ve enjoyed recently. It helps to take the pressure off of yourself to choose the perfect book so that you can focus on reading.
Visit a bookstore or library
Have you ever walked into a library or bookstore just to browse and then walk out with a bag full of books and a really long receipt you didn’t plan for? It happens, book stores and libraries have that effect. Visit a local bookstore in your neighborhood and wander the shelves for a bit.
Wanting to read more is great, but I still say you should never keep reading a book you don’t like for the sake of finishing it. Don’t be afraid to put something down and try another read until you’re back into the swing of things.
What do you do to help get out of a reading slump? Share you tips in the comments!