Friday Fives | Reading Slump Help

Posted January 29, 2021 by TheNonbinaryLibrarian in friday fives / 0 Comments

I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to #FridayFives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

Sometimes we encounter days or maybe even weeks of just not feeling in the mood to read. Or maybe the book you pick up is not what you want to read. So, here are five things I do when I have a reading slump.

  1. Read a book I’ve read before – Sometimes having a book I’ve read before helps flush out the system and start new books again. The familiarity of the book is comforting, and I don’t have to stress about the ending (even though I still do).
  2. Switch up genres – I’m a fan of any genre, and sometimes if I’m reading one genre for a bit too long, I need to take a break. If you haven’t read a specific genre before take a chance and jump in with a new one. something may surprise you.
  3. Audiobooks – Okay, while I do prefer physical books to audiobooks, I will listen to a book every once and a while. In particular, I listen to them while at work. However, I do search for audio books with good narrators because there are some with bad narrators.
  4. Watch Netflix – Or any streaming service. I know this seems contrary to a reading blog. But if you’re anything like me, I’m a fan of stories in general, including movies and shows. Sometimes I could just be in a mood to watch something instead of read it.
  5. Take a break – Ultimately, don’t be too hard on yourself. Maybe your brain is needing you to take a break because you’ve worked it too hard. Or maybe the last book is still in your brain and you need time before starting the next one. So, take the break. Go for a walk or write or dance around. Whatever you need to do. At the end of the day, don’t be too hard on yourself if you get into a reading slump. You’re still a reader!

Happy Reading Darlings!



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