I feel like I’m on my way into a reading slump, and I am desperate to avoid it. I am not in the mood for anything I pick up, so I thought I’d do this post to help myself get out of it, and maybe it will help somebody else in the process!
Audiobooks are great when you’re not in the mood for reading, because you’re not actually doing the reading yourself, so it doesn’t really feel like reading. Plus, you can do other things in the meantime; audiobooks are great for driving or sitting on the bus, since it’s a nice way to pass the time when you’re just sitting there anyway.
2. Quick reads
For me, it usually helps to reads things I know that I can get through quickly, because it makes it feel like getting reading done. Avoid slow books at all costs until you’ve gotten back into reading! It will only make it worse if you don’t feel like you’re getting anywhere. Chick-lit/contemporaries and action-packed fantasy books tend to help me a lot!
3. Libraries are a thing
If you don’t own books you’re in the mood for, use the library! Even if you live in a small town (like me), there is most likely a local library. The one where I live, for example, is incorporated into a school library, so it’s both a public and a school library at the same time. If there isn’t one in your town, maybe there is one in the town/city where you study, or your school/uni has one! Anyway, the point is, just go there and have a browse, and pick up something at random that seems even remotely interesting. You don’t have to pay for library books, so it doesn’t really matter if the book is crap – you can just hand it right back if you don’t like it after two chapters. And if it isn’t a new favourite – that doesn’t matter either! It was a nice pastime, and at least you read something.
4. Don’t read!
This is probably my #1 tip. If you’re not in the mood, don’t push it. Reading is supposed to be fun, and if you’re not enjoying it at the moment, it’s okay to take a break for however long you need.
5. If a book isn’t good after 50 pages…
… put it away and read something else instead. This is one of the best pieces of reading advice I have ever been given, even though I still struggle with following it. It’s worth keeping in mind.