If you have been a reader on my blog for a few months, you will know that I had been in an on-and-off book slump of sorts and I have managed to get out of that funk fairly quickly!
So, I decided to share my tips of getting out of a slump and even how to avoid it! Are you still with me?
ONE: Re-read your favorites
One of the things I do is reread my favorites. This is because I KNOW that I would enjoy these books because I have already read them. So, I KNOW what I would be getting. Sometimes, I reread a couple of favorites and it usually gets me out of my slump.
TWO: Try different formats
I try to alternate between reading and listening to audiobooks. I listen to audiobooks during my work commute but I also listen to it while working out, doing chores, and sometimes while playing mobile games. At night, I read, usually digitally. But it does help to have a variety of formats to break the monotony.
THREE: Avoid binge-reading
I am guilty of binge-reading but I usually get into a slump after a binge reading an author, a series, or a genre. So, avoid it at all cost or risk getting into an epic slump.
FOUR: Alternate between different genres or sub-genres
I also alternate reading between different genres or subgenres to help me out and avoid the dreaded reading slump. However, I still fail at this most of the time because I tend to read multiple books in one genre. Obviously, I get into another slump when this happens. I guess I never learn.
FIVE: Reading breaks
Try not to read for a day or two. This really helps me and invigorates my reading mood. This helps me avoid any slump that is about to happen.
This is a great list! I have never done a re-read but that is a great idea!
Thanks, Steph! I reread a lot of my favorites all the time! 🙂
I ALMOST was in a slump last year, but then I went back to my favorite genre – contemporary romance, and it started me on a string of fabulous reads. Good tips up there though.
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That’s what I do, as well! ☺️ Glad I am not alone!
Kei @ The Lovely Pages Reviews says
Ah I just read the first book of the year, I was in the worst reading slump and your list is usually my list but this time it didn’t work so binged watched, and then I found a book that finally snapped me out of it!
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Congrats on getting out of your slump! I haven’t really had one that went on for a long time, but I’ve had a slump that would last maybe a couple of weeks or so..
Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight says
I find that reading a new book in a series I’m already loving is the best thing when I’m in a slump. Of course, that requires a new book coming out, and you can’t really control that :-/ But that’s why rereads are good too! I do sometimes get burnt out on a subgenre if I read too much of it in a row, but that doesn’t usually cause me a slump I don’t think? I just follow my moods. So I’ll keep reading that until I tire of it, then switch to a diff subgenre. But I have heard people say switching formats works well!
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I think I always get into the trap of reading books in a series one after the other and I always end up in a slump! Buuuut I guess everyone is different, yeah? But like you, I am a mood reader so I also only pick up books that fit my mood. ☺️
Lover Of Romance says
I just love all of your tips here and many of these do work for me!! I think rereading my old favorites really does it. Also if I just sit down on a couch or my bed, put on my Dario Marionelli radio from Pandora with some snacks, and then I am back in my reading jive again.
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That’s good! I can’t read and listen to music at the same time, though. And I don’t listen to music as much as I used to anymore.. LOL
Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction says
I never thought about how binge reading a series could put you in a slump—I could definitely see that.
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YES! I fell into that last year while binge reading JL Armentrout’s NA series… OMG!!!
Yes, binge reading often brings me into a reading slump, couldn’t agree more. I try to switch genres often so nothing becomes all-the-same but I think reading my faves again is always the best way to go 😀 I mean, it has dual benefits: we get to visit those characters/worlds we absolutely love or are obsessed with and of course, helps us getting out of a reading slump. Great post!
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Thanks, Fanna! Yes I definitely agree! This is why I always have multiple books on hand in case I get “sick” of the genre I am currently reading!
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