How to Get Out Of A Reading Slump

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

We've all been there. Hit a bit of a reading slump. Not been in the mood to pick up a book, or not knowing what book to pick up to begin with. When you haven't read a book for a while & generally just haven't been on top of your reading game, it's hard to get back into the swing of things. I've put together a little list of ideas that help me get back into reading when I want to pick up a book but am unsure where to start.

Stick with authors and genres you know and love
If you're trying to get back into reading, then now probably isn't the right time to pick out a thriller book if you're used to reading chicklit. Stick to authors whose writing style you are familiar with, or genres that know you enjoy, and then who knows, perhaps when you have got your reading bug back, you can read a different genre to what you're used to and branch out a bit more!

Set aside reading time
If ~ like me ~ you are a bit (alright, a lot) strapped for time, then it's important to set aside allocated time for you to sit down and enjoy your book. I usually read in bed for 30-45 minutes at a time, and not only does it help me wind down after a long day, but its my time and it's what I look forward to at the end of the day!

Join a book club
None of my friends are bookworms like I am, so I struggle to find someone to encourage me to pick up a book. I'm part of a book club on Instagram and it's such a refreshing way to engage in natter about what books we are loving (and equally, not loving) and everyone keeps each other motivated to want to read, which is great if you've found yourself in a bit of a reading slump. I've discovered so many wonderful books & authors I would probably have never have considered by joining a book club!

Create a distraction free environment
This kind of goes hand in hand with setting aside reading time, but it's important to set aside time for yourself with no distractions. When you have a toddler in tow like I have, it's near impossible to sit down and enjoy reading a chapter or two without being asked a million times for a snack or leaping from your seat to stop said small human from pulling over the 5th houseplant of the day. This is why I choose to read before bed; because I know that my toddler is in bed, the housework is done, the dogs have been walked and there is literally nothing else for me to do!

Listen to audio books
If you're really, really strapped for time, then perhaps listening to audio books is the way to go. You can listen to them on your commute to and from work, when you're popping to the shops, or plug your earphones in when you're doing the housework or when you're cooking tea. I think I'll always prefer to have a physical book in front of me, but if I had no other choice then I'd go down the audio book route - and they're great just to listen to with minimal effort and could help you get out of that reading slump & you don't have to do much except press a button!

Give up on books you're not enjoying
The last thing on earth that is going to help you get out of a reading slump is reading a book you aren't enjoying. There's absolutely nothing wrong with not finishing a book if you're not enjoying it. I can't even count the amount of books I've started reading because the blurb sold me (or let's face it, the cover was pretty) and it's turned out to be nothing like I expected. I often find that if I finish a book that I haven't enjoyed, it puts me more into a reading slump. Give up on a book you're not enjoying and move on to something else.

These are the things I do to help my get my reading bug back. Hopefully someone finds these useful as well.


  1. If I'm reading a bit slower than usual, I will pick up a book I know will be a quick and easy read (usually some YA) to feel good about myself again!

    1. I do the same! Something YA fantast is pretty much guaranteed to get me reading a bit quicker!