Friday, 8 July 2016

How To Overcome Reading Slumps

Hello everyone!

If you're a a reader, you've probably come across the dreaded reading slump. Basically, a period of time where you just can't read. For whatever reason, you just can't. You don't want to pick up a book, and you have no desire at all to read. For some, this can be hard to overcome, so I've compiled a list of ways to overcome a reading slump. Enjoy!

1. Read something different!
I personally read a lot of dystopian, so when I'm in a reading slump, I like to read a different genre. Contemporary, mystery, fantasy, historical fiction, etcetera - there's plenty out there. If you're having trouble reading, maybe you're just sick of the same old genre - or the book itself.

2. Visit a bookstore or the library
If you pick out or buy a new book you really want to read, you'll probably be so excited about it that you can't wait to read it. This can get you back into reading.

3. Don't like it? Don't read it.
If you really don't like a book, don't force yourself to read it. There's no point in finishing a book you don't find entertaining. By the end of it, you probably still won't find it entertaining. It wastes your time, and will probably put you in a reading slump in the process.

4. Audiobooks are options too!
If you just aren't up to reading words off of a page, listen to an audiobook. Almost no effort required whatsoever.

5. Read something unusual.
Read something you wouldn't normally read. You can ask others for their personal recommendations, or just pick out something random from the library. Don't like it? Don't finish it. (Point number 3!)

6. Read something easy!
Whatever it is; a collection of poetry, short stories, or a novela, there's plenty out there that isn't a 600 page book. Maybe you just need a break and don't want to delve into a ten pound mystery novel.

So in the future, remember the following 3 key points to prevent getting into a reading slump:

1. Don't force yourself to read books you really don't enjoy.
2. Don't always stick to the same exact genre.
3. If you find that you're getting sick of reading, take a short break or read something easy/quick.

I hope these tips help you! Do you have any specific things you do to overcome and prevent reading slumps? If so, feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments. Have an awesome day!