The early months of the year always seem to be a prime time for me to slip into the dreaded reading slump. Perhaps it’s the crappy weather or the short days. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m insanely busy. So, today I wanted to share my tips and tricks for breaking the reading slump! Hopefully you find these useful!
READ WHAT YOU WANT
Take a moment to step back from all your goals and challenges, and read something that you know you’re going to love. I don’t care if it’s Harry Potter for the 20th time, or an old favorite from your childhood. As long as it gets you reading and you enjoy it, go for it!
You have 12 months in the year, I promise that your goals are going to be there once the slump breaks.
PICK UP A GRAPHIC NOVEL OR MANGA
If every single novel that you pick up suddenly seems like it has 800 pages, put it down and look a pretty pictures instead. Graphic novels and manga can deliver the exact same impact as a normal novel, and have some truly fantastic characters and story lines. I even have a super old post about why you should read manga. Once I expand my graphic novel collection, I’d like to do a similar post so you all will have lots of recommendations!
SET LITTLE GOALS
Instead of opening up Goodreads and seeing that you’re five books behind schedule on your reading challenge and panicking, set goals for the book you’re currently reading. Tell yourself that you’ll read one chapter before going to bed. I know that when you’re in a slump, reading even one chapter is a lot of work, but you may just find yourself sucked back into the book.
You can keep setting yourself simple and achievable goals until the slump mysteriously dissipates. This is my favorite method, as I’ve used it loads of times to get back into reading.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR ELECTRONICS
You know that thing that lives in your bag or pocket? Oh yeah, your phone! There are so many resources available to read on your phone. So, instead of checking Instagram or Snapchat for the millionth time during the day, install the Kindle/Nook/Whatever app and open up a book.
I find this is really handy to get me reading in those short moments when I don’t have time to pull out a book and read several chapters. I especially love reading e-books on my bus commute!
When I know I’m in a reading slump and I don’t feel like reading, I watch BookTube videos! This way I’m not forcing myself to read if I don’t want to, but watching other people flail over books always inspires me to read again.
So those are all my tips and tricks for breaking a reading slump! I hope that you found any of them useful, and do let me know if you try one out. Are there any tricks that you use which I didn’t mention? What’s your favorite method of breaking a slump?