As avid readers, sometimes we find ourselves struggling to read. Sometimes we just can’t find it in ourselves to finish a book, not because it isn’t good, but because we just can’t. Or sometimes after we finish a book we find it even more difficult to start reading again.
Now some people may not find this to be a problem, but for those of who really love to read, we could use some help getting back into reading. Here are a few tips that I have found useful to help myself get back on my reading feet:
- If you are not enjoying the book you are currently reading, stop immediately! Don’t be afraid to stop reading something. Don’t be afraid to hate a book that everyone tells you you’ll really love.
- Also, if you are enjoying it, but just can’t get through it now, put it down and come back to it later.
- Change the type of book you’re reading. Sometimes I get bored with reading because I keep reading the same genre. Fantasy books my be my favorite, but they can get a bit tedious with all the world building. Maybe try reading something you’ve never read before.
- Analyze what you’ve been reading lately. Is there a common pattern of themes or tropes you’re getting tired of? Determining what actually is causing your slump is key!
- Take a break from reading. This may seem a bit contradictory, but maybe you just need a break from reading novels. Try doing some puzzles like sudoku or flip through some National Geographics. Reading shouldn’t be a dark cloud hanging over you. Find some other things to do until you’re excited to read again.
- Look for new releases and recommendations to get excited for. Have you ever seen the bookshelf challenges? That is, to not read anything but the books left on your shelves that you haven’t read yet. Well, those challenges are great for actually making all that money you spent worth it, but not so great for getting excited about reading. Take a break and find something new (you don’t have to spend money, use your local library).
These are just a few tips to help you out of a reading slump. If you’re looking for some more tips on how to read more, read my tips on improving your reading life.