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I know you’ve been there, because I sure have! There’s nothing more frustrating for someone who loves to read than a nasty reading slump. There are always seasons of life that get busy and books are on the back burner for a while but that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about the desire to pick up a book but none of them that you see spark any interest in you.
I’ve got some solutions for you to try and just to spice things up a little, I made it into a challenge! Because who doesn’t enjoy a good challenge!? Make sure to pin the image below because sharing is caring ♥
Let’s get you out of this reading slump!
Try a New Genre
We humans are creatures of habit. We stick with what we know and love. Step outside of your wheelhouse for a minute and explore books in a whole new genre you’ve never read before! Normally a romance reader? Pick up a YA classic like my personal favorite, The Outsiders.
Set a Daily Goal
Read for 10 minutes, read 10 pages … whatever you think is easily achievable. Add it to your daily To Do list if you’re like me and like to add easy things that you know you’ll be able to cross off to fool yourself into believing you’ve been productive that day.
Re-Read an Old Favorite
Did you have a favorite book from high school or university? Maybe even childhood! Believe it or not, I enjoyed Wuthering Heights when I read it for a high school English class. I think it might be interesting to read it again to see if it still speaks to me now that my life and experiences have changed so much. I could love it even more, or I could hate it but at least it’ll get me reading and reminissing!
Visit the Library
Oh man, there’s nothing quite like the smell and atmosphere of a good library. Take a slow walk through the stacks and just take it all in. If you’re lucky you might get lost and find some obscure section you’ve never even heard of before!
Re-organize Your Books
There’s something about holding and handling books that sparks a desire in me. Are your books all over the place? Find somewhere for all of them to live happily together. Do you have them organized by author last name? Try organizing them by genre. Do you keep all of your TBR books separate or are they mixed with ones you’ve already read? See how you can switch things up!
Listen to an Audiobook
Maybe you just don’t have a lot of time to sit and read right now. That’s a real problem! If you still want to stay connected to the literary world, listen to an audiobook while driving, cooking, cleaning, or whatever it is you do that is taking you away from reading. I told you about how I love to listen to podcasts during times like these but audiobooks are a great option too! If you’re not sure that you’ll like consuming a book that way, Audible offers a 30 day free trial so you’ve got nothing to lose!
Read a Trashy Magazine
Maybe this is just a guilty pleasure of mine but sometimes a filthy gossip rag with no basis on reality is just the trick to jump start my desire for something a little more substantial. Which celebs are getting divorced, who wore what where, even the cheesy crossword puzzle … I love it all!
Often times a change of scenery is a great way to refresh the situation! If you always read in bed, head to the couch. Leave the house completely and go hang out at Starbucks or the library. I recently rejuvinated my reading by reading at the airport and on the plane while travelling. It certainly helps motivate you to open a book when you have nothing else to do!
Allow Yourself to DNF
This has always been a really hard one for me because I hate quitting something that I’ve started. But if you hate it or it bores you to tears, put the book down and move on! There’s no shame in the DNF game! If you’re not sure what that means, I covered it in my bookish lingo post.
Have a Treat
I am not above bribery. Not with my kids and certainly not with myself. There’s nothing wrong with a little chocolate motivation to get the job done! It doesn’t have to be anything major. Make yourself hot chocolate with whipped cream, pick up a bag of Sour Patch Kids, fry up some bacon … whatever floats your boat! Give yourself a little treat but you can only enjoy it while you’re reading, that’s the catch!
Don’t forget to pin the image above to share with all of our fellow bookworms!