So as many of you may know, I have not been as active in the bookstagram and reading world as of late. Why? I got out of my routine and life got a little crazy! If I had to guess why many people get into reading slumps I would probably think it was caused by a few different factors: perhaps they read an incredibly boring story and they just need a break, they read such a phenomenal story that nothing could compare, or they just got busy with life.
For me, it was a little bit of all three. I had just finished A Court of War and Ruin which was phenomenal, and I tried to pick up another book that just did not capture my attention, Flame in the Mist (however, with Flame in the Mist I want to give it another chance because I did not get very far into it before life got very busy). Life got so busy because my husband and I decided to move! Those book boxes were HEAVY!
All of this, needless to say, led to a very extreme reading slump for me. I think with these slumps what we need to remind ourselves is that we don’t need to feel ashamed for taking a break from reading. The important part is that we go back to reading and we enjoy it!
However, I wanted to give a few tips in how I finally got out of my reading slump in case any of you were experiencing the same.
Pick up a book by an author you are sure you will absolutely love! If you know there is an author that always keeps your interest, pick up a book by him or her that you have not read yet. For me this was Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass. I fell in love with her A Court of Thorns and Roses series, and was almost positive I would love her very first book. Needless to say it worked, and now I am reading again like crazy! Something about her books is extremely addictive. You can find my review of Throne of Glass on Goodreads by clicking this link!
Reread one of the books that helped you fall in love with reading. It never hurts to revisit Harry Potter, for example. I could always use friendly words of advice from Dumbledore.
Create reading vibes. Do you have a favorite ritual for when you read? Perhaps a favorite drink or a favorite setting? For me, I love to make a hot cup of peppermint tea and lay in bed while also burning a candle I most likely found from Etsy and features a favorite character of mine. This could also mean getting into the right setting. Does going to a bookstore put you in the right mindset to read? Go there!
Read with friends! Maybe one of your friends loves reading too. You can go to a coffee shop and read the night (or day) away.
Don’t be so hard on yourself. We all get in reading slumps. Myself definitely included! There should be no shame in taking a reading break and coming back to read more refreshed. It’s all part of the experience of being a reader!
Did my tips help? Do you ever struggle with reading slumps? Feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment down below.