October 31, 2015 Emily

How to Get Out of a Reading Slump

The reader’s worst nightmare… a reading slump. If you’re new to the book community, a reading slump Screen Shot 2015-10-31 at 11.47.28 AMoccurs when you have absolutely no motivation to read. The length of reading slumps can vary from a few days, to a couple weeks, or in the worst case, months. Unfortunately in September I got into a deep, dark reading slump, but because of that experience I have a whole bunch of tips to share with you about how to get out of them!

If you feel a reading slump approaching, stop reading your current book:

Many times, reading slumps are caused by reading books that you aren’t enjoying, so don’t force yourself to get through it. Put the book down and maybe you’ll enjoy it more if you pick it up in a couple weeks when you’re back to your normal reading routine. For me, the book that I was reading when my latest reading slump started was Uprooted by Naomi Novik which I was super excited to read. Unfortunately I wasn’t enjoying it at all and only got 30 pages in before I started feeling super unmotivated. Instead of forcing myself to finish, I put it down in hopes that I’ll enjoy it more in the future.

Try something new:

Sometimes reading too much of a certain genre can cause you to not want to read at all. If you really enjoy reading young adult contemporaries but find yourself in a reading slump, try a new adult fantasy or an adult science-fiction book. Don’t be nervous to get out of your reading comfort zone– you can always check books out at the library and take them back if your not enjoying them! Personally, I’m always changing up the genres of books I read and I find I read more books that way.

Read a short story collection/graphic novel:Screen Shot 2015-10-31 at 11.54.58 AM

It’s not a good idea to pick up a 700 page book if you’re trying to get out of a reading slump. Your best bet is to read something under 100 pages, like a short story or a graphic novel. Graphic novels are especially effective; you can get through them super fast because the majority is pictures! I would recommend reading Saga because it’s a super fast read, you won’t be able to put it down! You can also read a short book (under 150 pages), but those are relatively hard to find these days. If you’re not in the mood for a short story collection or graphic novel and instead are looking for a good short book, I would recommend the Go Ask Alice Series by Anonymous. They are super quick reads and are very important.

Go to a bookstore/library:

Surrounding yourself with tons of books and people like you who love books is a great option. It will motivate and inspire you to read again!

Pick up an old favorite:Screen Shot 2015-10-31 at 11.56.39 AM

This is my absolute best tip: pick up one of your old favorite books. When I had absolutely no motivation to read, I decided to pick up the Harry Potter series, my favorite book series of all time (best decision ever!). Almost immediately I was back into reading. You’ll find picking up an old favorite is extremely nostalgic and a super fun and new experience.


Reading slumps are TERRIBLE, but once you get out of them you’ll feel so proud of yourself! I hope you enjoyed today’s post and learned a new tip about getting out of reading slumps. What’s your advice for reading slumps?

Happy reading,




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Comments (9)

  1. When I ina bad reading slump I go to one of my favorite books. Elizabeth Peters, Shirley Rousseau Murphy, or REST AND BE THANKFUL by Helen MacInnes. That usually works. Changing books helps sometime.

  2. Great advice! I find myself doing the exact same things when I’m in reading slumps. I was just in a horrible one. I couldn’t even pick up the book I was reading even though I really loved it. So, I went to the Library and checked out 4 graphic novels/comics and sped through them super fast. They definitely reawakened me. I also pick up Harry Potter if I can’t find myself wanting to read anything! It’s the perfect cure 🙂

  3. Alison Grojean


    I think that’s one of the reasons I lost interest in Pride & Prejudice and Zombies. I had just reread Pride and Prejudice and then read Longbourn–too much of the Bennets, I guess. I think I may be motivated to pick it up again, especially since the movie is coming out. 🙂

    Thanks for the post!
    Ms. Grojean

  4. Rob

    I had no idea these were a thing. I had a reading slump for about 3 weeks last year, I was about half way through a Clive Cussler novel at the time.

  5. Excellent advice. You can never go wrong with the Harry Potter series either. The Prisoner of Azkaban is still my favourite. My first job was in a library so I always have a fondness for them too. I am a huge fan of short stories too. When was the last time you didn’t finish a book?

    • HP is the absolute best for reading slumps. I am the kind of person who usually pushes through when I’m reading a book I don’t like, but a few months ago I put down Uprooted because I just wasn’t in the fantasy mood. I look forward to picking it up again though!

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