The dreaded reading slump


I think it is time that we admit we have hit the dreaded reading slump. After a lovely summer of long days reading almost as much as we liked, the return to the real world has taken a bit of a toll.

I’m putting all of my extra energy into trying to get my thesis finished. It also doesn’t help that I just discovered This is Us and pretty much binge watched the whole first season. Watching TV is the only thing I seem to be capable of doing after spending the whole day writing.

I’m not sure what’s going on with Mr NW. He still has about 5 books on his bedside table, but seems to be re-reading Red Seas Under Red Skies (apparently this is comfort reading). I really don’t understand how he could be doing that when he is currently 1/4 of the way through The Hero of Ages.

What are your tips for getting out of a reading slump?

12 thoughts on “The dreaded reading slump

  1. When I am in a slump, I like to read something light and fun like Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series or Bradley’s Flavia deLuce novels which are about a 12-year old chemistry loving girl who solves crime.

    Sometimes it also helps to read something completely different, like non-fiction!

    Fantasy is a bit of an investment when you’re not really in the mood to commit to anything.

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  2. Hmm…well I am in a reading slump but for an entirely different reason: I simply have way too little time on my hands currently ….ugh…
    Still getting out of a reading slump…how about rereading a book that has always been a favorite of yours? By doing that you might get back into it again. Good luck!

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  3. You need a popcorn read. Something fun. Not sure what that works out at in terms of your reading but I’m loving the Sebastien de Castell spellslinger series, or the Patrick Weekes Rogues of the Republic series is really good fun.
    I guess the other thing is to not be too hard on yourself. Sometimes you just don’t feel like reading which is fair enough, particularly if you’re got such a lot of other things going on.
    Lynn 😀

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  4. There are no secret formulas here. It all depends on each individual.

    What about the Book Reviewing Writing Slump? This one is much more serious. Imagine all those fantastic books you read and no single review by you?

    I’m much more prone to writing than to reading slumps. I’m going through one of those right now…

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  5. I will add my voice to the chorus directing you toward some lighter, fun read: think of it as a sherbet between the heaviest parts of a meal… 😀
    As an addition to Lynn’s great suggestions I will name Gail Carriger’s “Parasol Protectorate” series: guaranteed fun!

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  6. When I hit a slump, I like to read novellas, graphic novels, or short stories. Something that doesn’t take much devotion of time. That usually leaves me craving a novel or series.

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  7. I hate when I get into reading slumps. I’m kind of in one right now. When I feel that way I put reading in my schedule and just tell myself I have to read 25 pages a day. Usually if I do that I’ll start getting into the book and look forward to reading it, and get out of my slump.

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  8. I completely relate. It doesn’t help that you also end up short on time to simply read those big phat books too. I haven’t really been in a reading slump yet, but if I do I think shows/movie and sports/gym would be my go-to solutions, although I already do them alongside reading in my spare time. Life can be hard. Hope you fly out of that reading slump soon! 😉

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  9. I am a bit like Mr. NW. When I am in a reading slump, I pick up what I know I will like! Re-reading your favourites might work 🙂 But if that also doesn’t help, I just do something else and don’t pick up a book for a while. It comes back eventually 🙂 Quicker if I just accept it, more slowly if I try to force myself to read.

    Hope you get the groove back soon 😀

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  10. A wee update for everyone – I’m reading something completely different for a change. A YA book about some teenagers in love based in NZ. Pretty cheesy but it’s the light read I was after. Makes me glad I’m not a teenager anymore.


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