Reading Slumps: What They Are, If You're in One, and How to Overcome Them (Book Rambles)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Hey everyone! I'm back again today with a ramble-ish type post (?) on reading slumps. The dreaded reading slump. Yup. If you've been keeping up with my depressingly inconsistent posting, you'll know that I, Cindy, the most bookly wormly person you'll ever meet, was in the reading slump of 2016. I just couldn't read for, like, the entire month of July. Being in a reading slump for a month makes you a certified expert, right? I'll just go with yes. So if you're wondering what reading slumps are, if you're in one, or how to overcome them, keep on reading! 

So what, exactly is a reading slump? A reading slump is basically when you can't pick up a book, when you have no motivation to read, or when there is just so much going on that no matter what you try, or how many times you try, you CANNOT READ. 

That, my friend, is a reader's nightmare reading slump. 

Now the question is, are you in one? The thing about reading slumps is that they are often confused with simply 'being busy'. Here's the difference between the two. 

Being Busy: You just don't have the time to read. You may get the chance to read a couple pages from time to time, but between {schoolwork, work, house cleaning, etc} you've just haven't gotten the chance. Your progression of books is a bit slow, but you are still reading. Which is great! Life happens, people get busy. 

Reading Slump: (Not all of these might be something you're experiencing, these are just a couple of things I did while in a slump.) You've been avoiding books altogether. You no longer have motivation to read. You are super behind on your reading challenge / goal. (Guilty as charged, check out my Goodreads *winces*) In other words, you are doing everything BUT reading. NOTE: You do not necessarily not have time to read. Just as you crack open a book, you realize that you forgot to walk your dog. "WHOOPS, looks like I can't read today." The next day, you grab your book and are about to read and realize that you're hungry. That is another scenario where you are deliberately avoiding books.  Oh! And a very clear example is that you're in a reading slump is you used to love reading, but now you run away from any book you come in contact with. 

So now, if you've come to realize that you really are in a reading slump, here are a few ways to overcome it! 

1. Set a goal on Goodreads. Have you heard about the yearly reading challenges? They're great. To create a goal, pick a number of books that you want to read this year. From now on, after every book you read, simply log it, and it will count towards your challenge. (Make sure that the dates in which you read the book are logged as well, so they count towards your challenge. 

I feel like this played a really big role in helping me snap out of it (It was more complicated that than that, obviously). I'm not on Goodreads a ton, but I keep a tab of it open on my computer all the time. Sometimes I'll click over, and I'll see the number of books I'm behind growing. It makes me feel all, what's the word, unaccomplished, and I want to be ahead again. 

2. Go to the library or bookstore. Or wherever you get your books. There's not a better way to not-avoid books when you're surrounded by them! *finger guns* But seriously, it can really help. Seeing all those spines and covers, and smelling the scent, yes, that renowned paper-y smell of books, might get you to slowly begin to falling in love with them the same way you did the first time as a child. 

3. Re-read your favorite book. This one is definitely the one that helped me overcome my slump. Although it was another book, not an old favorite of mine that I re-read. But that's beside the point. Finding a book (or reading one) that you truly enjoy is definitely a huge headway in overcoming a reading slump. I know a lot of you don't like re-reading, so here are a couple of my favorite books. 

  • Not If I See You First, by Eric Lindstrom (My absolute favorite, if you haven't read this one, go read it, what are you doing with your life? Go. GO READ IT.)
  • The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green (No brainer, you've GOT to read this one.)
  • The Thing About Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin (One of my top rec picks, truly life changing) 
  • Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon (If you're looking for a cutesy love story, this is it!) 
  • (and obviously) Keeper of the Lost Cities, by Shannon Messenger (I've been in love with this series for who-knows-how-long, and hey, if you finish the entire series in one sitting, KUDOS to you!) 

And there you have it folks, my favorites. Also: Even if you're not in a reading slump, I recommend checking these out. They are AMAZING!

4. If you're a book blogger (like yours truly), re-read your past posts. Who knows, you might fall upon a review you did of your favorite book. Maybe you were fangirling about how you worship the author (*cough* Shannon Messenger *cough*), how the book is your best friend, how much you love the characters, how you've read the book over 27 times (it's true, I've read Keeper of the Lost Cities (the first one) 27 times), how it has taken over your life. And maybe, just maybe it'll make you want to read another book like that. 

5. Stalk authors on social media. There's no better way to get out of a reading slump than getting hyped for a book, y'know? And perhaps the author has a couple other books that have already been released that you could read...And you could always go on to sites like Goodreads or {insert other bookish website} 

6. And for the final, most important tip...Make time for yourself! Because, you know, reasons. 

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That's all I've got for you guys today! So are you in a reading slump? Do you have any tips to overcome them? Let me know in the comments below! :-) 


  1. Great post Cindy! I too have been in a reading slump and it has been awful! >:( I love how you talked about it like it was a disease you could diagnose XD

    1. Thanks! <3 And aw, that sucks. I hope your slumps goes away soon! Also--Ha, Dr. Cindy to the rescue!