How I avoid reading slumps (and how you can, too)

I’m going to share something that seems kind of impossible, even to me, but: I haven’t been in a reading slump for…. actually, I can’t recall the last time I’ve been in a reading slump.

🧐 Wait – what the heck is a reading slump?!

Slumps happen to everyone, whether you’re a bookworm, a passionate kite flyer or anything like that. After a while, after doing something you love so often and for so long, sometimes, we just get bored. (I know. Moment needed to gasp here, because how could we ever get bored of BOOKS?! Yet, it happens.) One day, or gradually, we just don’t want to do it anymore. Or maybe you’re just busy, just not feeling it. At all. Welcome to the dreaded reading slump.

In the three years and a half I’ve been blogging, I have encoutered thousands and thousands of incredible bloggers and I have found out that reading slump happens – also, that they seem to be one of the worst things ever to happen to us bookworms.

Yet, somehow, I’ve been lucky enough to avoid it, all this time so far and – fingers crossed – I hope I will avoid it much, much longer. So naturally, I thought I’d try to help, whether you’re feeling in a reading slump, feeling like you’re going towards it all, or just really looking to avoid it, next time you feel it lurking around the corner… here’s what I do.

Obviously, note that this is my own method and it can’t and won’t work for everyone. Okay? Okay.

πŸ”Ž How to avoid reading slumps – and not lose your mind

πŸ“š Change it up – genres, formats etc. – keep things interesting!

I never have a massive physical TBR at hand, but I do try to have different books and I switch things up, every single time. I’m reading a sweet contemporary? I might pick up a fantasy next. Then a sci-fi. Then another contemporary, or something.

Despite being a massive contemporary fan and reading a LOT of these books, I know that, whenever I am reading too much of this genre, I get in the mood for blood, mayhem and some crazy dystopian world or something. Before I lose my love and interest for these swoony contemporaries, I’ll try and pick up a completely different book to spice things up again.

You can also switch things up between formats, like, taking an e-book, then an audiobook, then a physical copy. I’d recommend you to read the lovely post by Swetlana on 7 Ways To Switch Up Your Reading Experience on that topic, it was a GREAT post.

πŸ“š Allow yourself to take reading breaks

I read a lot during the week. I have two hours to get to and back from work and my lunch break and obviously I am taking my time to read, read read, because, what better way to spend this time than get lost in a book?

Yet, I’m not reading every single day. I’m almost never reading on Saturdays, because that’s my blogging day. I’m not always reading on Sundays, either, because I’m usually catching up on TV shows or something. I’m usually not reading books whenever I am on holidays and travelling – well, a few pages here and there, but last year, I went on a three-week holiday and I read ONE book, where I could have read at least three. Also sometimes I just

It feels GOOD to take breaks, not to be reading all the time. Makes me even more eager to get to my next read, or to get on with my current one.

πŸ“š Don’t be too strict with yourself – and your TBR

I’m not one of these people planning monthly, weekly, yearly TBRs. I know there are books I absolutely WANT to get to before the end of the year (*cough*The Astonishing Color of After, The Wicked Deep, Save The Date, that list is way too long*cough*). But I don’t know what I’m going to read in the upcoming month. I have a couple of books on my physical TBR, ready to be read but I never plan out to read said or said book in the next month. I’m reading whatever I am in the mood to read next so I’m like that when I can get to reading

(Also yes before you ask, that’s me when I will get to my anticipated reads. every time. ahhh.)

Important thing to remember here is to listen to yourself. Listen to what you want to read, what you don’t want to pick up just yet. Forcing yourself to read a book you’re not really feeling at the moment will only call for a bad reading experience and might get you into a reading slump.

πŸ“š Don’t be afraid to give up

There is a pressure to read in the book community, or maybe it’s just me. I feel like, if I haven’t read a whole lot in a month, I won’t be a great blogger. I feel like that if I haven’t read this hyped book, I’m not doing great. I feel like, if I give up, if I take a break, if I’m just not that into this or that book, I won’t be okay and the world will crumble and everything else.

It won’t. I’m learning to take breaks and it works out. I’m lucky enough to have been getting amazing books and not having the need to give it up, but if something is not holding your attention enough, don’t be afraid to put it on the side for later. Or never again. It’s okay. Keeping on going might just make you hate the book, every book, yourself and this is not happening.

πŸ“š Embrace the book blogging community

I know that, if I haven’t been in a reading slump for so long, it’s partly because of the book blogging community, making me want to read so much. Recommending so many incredible books. Screaming about incredible book releases and old and new books and just, keeping the little bookworm spark inside of me alive.

Take the book bloggers’ inspiration with you. Read their blog posts, read their reviews. Ask for recommendations if you’re “not feeling” all the books you have to read or just want something new. Don’t be afraid to turn to this lovely community, because we all will be there to help you.

I know this isn’t a foolproof method or anything else – I just wanted to share what I do and how, so far, all of this mixed up, one or the other, has helped me and has kept my bookish love alive all this time.

If you’re feeling in a slump, remember that it’s okay to take a break, too. Re-read an old favorite. Watch tv shows, movie adaptations. Look at your bookshelves, in real life, in your e-reader or on goodreads. Re-read old reviews of yours, even if it makes you cringe a little bit (I know I do). If you have a bookworm’s heart, you’ll come back to your love of books, that I can promise.

Do you get into reading slumps? What is the best advice you’d give for someone in a reading slump?

How do you keep reading exciting all the time? Do you also need some breaks, or are you a binge-reader? Let me know all of your thoughts in comments!

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156 thoughts on “How I avoid reading slumps (and how you can, too)

  1. I pretty much do the same πŸ˜ƒ
    Abandoning books I do not like is my go to move.
    I like to read every day, especially before sleeping. It helps switch my brain to sleepy mode πŸ˜ƒ
    I don’t read that much on weekends either lately. But it’s cuz the weather is nice so I’m not always at home, but out with friends so it’d be weird. Although i told them we could all read together in the park πŸ™ˆ

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    1. OHHH reading all together in the park, now that’s goals hahaha, I hope they agreed – or will eventually agree to this? That would be such a fun day πŸ˜›
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment! ❀ ❀

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    1. Oh yes, stressing out never helps. Sometimes it’s hard not to, but when we try to relax about it all, we feel better for sure πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your comment, Nicole! ❀

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  2. Unfortunately I am in a current state of a reading slump. (big sigh) I’m a college student, so usually I find myself not making the time to sit down and read one of my TBRs. I used to be a major binge reader back in middle/high school. I’ve definitely slowed down my reading process since then and can’t get back into the swing of things. Plus, I find myself bored or just not in “the mood” to read so I jump into Netflix or something. This post has really helped. Most of the time I’m only interested in reading YA, but I think it’s time for me to switch things up a bit. So thank you! πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh no I’m so sorry to hear that 😦 It’s so annoying when you just can’t manage to read, even though you want to. I’m so, so happy to hear that I could help and hope that some of these tips will work out well for you πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❀ ❀

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    1. Ohh that’s so great ❀ sometimes all you need is to get out of the hype and to find these little hidden gems ❀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! πŸ˜€

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  3. I’m right in the middle of a reading slump right now, but I saw it coming a mile off with everything happening in my life. Reading simply had to take.. a hundred steps back in order for me to cope with everything in a healthy way and not hide in pages, hah.
    I know I’ll get out of it eventually, but I think it’ll last for.. well.. maybe another month. Or so. I hope not. I try reading a bit every now and then. Reading time during my lunch break is still something I’m adamant about but when I get home? Way too many other things to deal with. It sucks, but sometimes the rest of your life needs to be put first before I can even THINK about reading.

    It does hurt though. Simply realizing my non-bookworm boyfriend has read more than I have in the last week.. is.. torture, haha.

    Lovely tips though! The one that always helps me is switching between genres! πŸ˜€

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    1. OH I get that, sometimes life just happens and there’s nothing you can do, but wait for it all to settle down for you to get back to your books ❀ ❀ I'm sure you will, once life gets a bit less hectic ❀ ❀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Kathy!! ❀ ❀ I hope everything has been okay for you ❀

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  4. Hello Marie ❀
    I love this post so much. Thank you for sharing these great tips!
    I don't think I'm in a reading slump right now, though I don't feel as excited about reading as I usually do. I think it is because I have a lot going on right now since I find my mind wandering when I try to read. Maybe I will take your advice and ease up on reading when I am not feeling like it. I do know what you mean in that there is pressure to read in the blogging community and I feel guilty unless I read a certain number of books each month. However you are right that it is good to take things at our own pace πŸ™‚
    Great post ❀

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    1. OH I get it, whenever you’re busy or a bit preoccupied, it’s hard to get into reading. It’s so important to listen to yourself and take breaks, even if you might feel guilty about it. I know I do hahaha.
      Thank you so much, Sophie! ❀ ❀

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  5. These are all great advice! Varying up my reading and not sticking to a strict TBR has proved to be really helpful in keeping me out of the slumps! Will definitely be recommending this post <333

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  6. You know, now that I think about it I can’t remember the last time I was in a reading slump either. πŸ™‚ I mean there have been times when I’ve slumped on certain genres but that never lasts too long and there’s plenty of other genres I can check out in the meantime. I think the main thing that helps me not slump is the points you mentioned on not being too set on a TBR list, which I suppose is where being a mood reader comes in handy, and taking reading breaks, because as much as I love reading I’m not going to want to read all the time.
    Here’s hoping we both manage to avoid all reading slumps for the near and far future. Great post Marie! πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. Oh yes, being a mood reader really helps, in that case, because we often pick up the books we really want to read πŸ˜€
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment, Beth!! ❀ ❀

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  7. Lovely post Marie! I still remember my worst and the only reading slump in February and that was because of The Hazel Wood. that slump lasted for almost 15 days. I guess that was because of the pressure of liking the book that you talked about. But now I know better πŸ™‚
    My go-to formula for changing the mood or avoiding slumps now is binge-watching Netflix πŸ˜€ There are days when I’m feeling too sleepy or tired to read a book. On those days I just stick to Netflix.
    Also, I am a moody reader too, so that really helps.

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    1. OH yay, binge watching some tv shows or movies definitely help and give our minds something else to think about, for sure πŸ™‚
      I’m glad that works out well for you as well πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Sim! ❀ ❀

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  8. Thanks for sharing so many great tips Marie πŸ’•
    I haven’t head a reading slump since I started reading again 2 years ago *fingers crossed* but before that during high school I was in the biggest slump and barely read anything at all. Discovering the bookish community and starting my book blog to share my passion really is what helped me get back to reading and maintain the habit! There’s nothing more inspiring than seeing other bookworms talk about how much they love books πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh book blogging definitely plays a huge part i maintaining my love for reading. I LOVE IT so very much ❀ ❀ Here's to hoping we will stay out of slumps for a long, long time haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much!! ❀ ❀

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  9. You find that being stressed out and even depressed can make people go on a reading slump – reading favourites always makes you giddy with the feels and you always now what to expect from them! Boy has our TBR pile grown while we just kept reading (rereading) books that we’ve already read (and obviously loved). Great post 😊❀

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    1. Oh yes definitely – I guess when life gets in the way, we’re not always in the mood to read. It’s also important to take breaks, at least it is for me, to keep on loving reading more and more whenever I come back to it πŸ˜€
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment! ❀

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      1. Totally true – breaks allow you CRAVE books especially when you haven’t read in a long time and it is completely bliss when you get back into reading!
        A sweet comment for a sweet person! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰β€

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