The Dreaded Book Slump
What to do when you’ve hit a book slump
Ah, the dreaded book slump. You know the one, where you want so desperately to read but when you try you can’t seem to focus.
You know the slump, where you have that book that you’ve been dying to read, but once you start you can’t focus. Or you want to read, but never have the desire to pick up your book. Or you’ve been reading the same sort of genre that it grows old and you end up skimming the pages.
I recently had surgery and ended up with a larger pain issue than most, and while I had all the time in the world to read, I couldn’t bring myself to focus. I would read a chapter or two, but my mind couldn’t retain what I was reading. That my dear is the definition of a book slump. I’ll share what I have found that always gets me back into a book.
1.) Take a break
Yup, I said it! Take a book break! If you’re like me, you’ve always got a book or two (or three) going at one time. Or you’re a serial reader and you read multiple novels back to back. Sometimes you just need a break to binge watch Rick & Morty and spend time with your dogs. (Just me?) When your mind feels like devouring a novel again, you’ll know.
2.) Try something out of your comfort zone
Maybe you always read a Young Adult trilogy, try historical fiction or a mystery. Maybe you’re stuck on fantasy novels, try nonfiction or biography. Many celebrities are writing books, Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, or Lauren Graham’s Talking as fast as I could can refresh your reading palette. Think of your favorite actor, director, comedian, and chances are they have a book.
Try a graphic novel or comic book. For years in college I was caught on trilogies or required reading for literary classes. Once I graduated, I was craving something different. Someone suggested Blankets by Craig Thompson which led me into a world of graphic novels. I was very fortunate to be in a new city that had such an extensive collection at their public library. (To learn more about public libraries, click here.)
3.) Read something based off of television or movies you love
This is always my last resort, but hey, if you like the show, you’ll love the book. Just to name a few, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, The Fault in our Stars, Outlander, The Maze Runner, Big Little Lies, Sherlock, Orange is the New Black, The Walking Dead, The Handmaid’s Tale, Gerald’s Game, 13 Reasons Why, Under the Dome, are all based off novels. Take your favorite show or movie and read the novel. You at least know that you’re interested in it!
Those are my go to tips for breaking out of a book slump. I’m honestly practicing option number one at the moment; let me know what gets you out of a slump!