For a bookworm, one of the worst things that can happen is to suddenly fall into a book slump.
Book slumps are sporadic and they have their ways of lingering for a long period of time.
So how do we get rid of them?
These are my ways of dealing with book slumps. If you want to share your own, feel free to do so in the comments!
How to Get out of a Book Slump
5. KEEP READING
Book slumps are cruel. They want you to stop doing what you love most: reading books.
My response: don’t let them win at their own game. Keep reading! Many book lovers take breaks when they are in book slumps, and I think that’s not the right way of dealing with them.
Sure, you’ll start lots of books, and you’ll DNF (did not finish) lots of books, but you’re eventually going to stumble across this one book that will make you forget your current book slump situation and bring you back into the game!
4. FAN ART
Something I often do to uplift my spirits before reading a certain book or series is checking out related fan art.
For instance, when I finished Cinder by Marissa Meyer, I was left indifferent. What I mean is that I enjoyed it, but couldn’t put my finger on why it was such a popular and hyped book. So when Scarlet came out, I didn’t feel excited to read it.
But then I saw this (click on the cover for source) :
I jumped on the book after that.
So if it works for stimulating your excitement for a book, why wouldn’t it function in fading your book slump away?
3. TALK TO SOMEONE
You know how people are useful for book recommendations? Well they can also help you out of your atrocious book slump.
Join a group, talk to a friend or interact across social media! You didn’t like a book? Rant about it! Share your feelings! Let all those negative thoughts out! Maybe that’s what’s keeping you from enjoying another book.
It can be a mental blockage created by the book that put you in your book slump, therefore, expressing your feelings about it can help grandly.
This may seem like a very random solution to book slumps, but it’s been tested – by me – and I find that when we move… go for a run and then come back all sweaty, thirsty, tired yet relaxed and calm, we are in a better mood to do what we have to do – homework, chores or reading boring classics because our English teachers said so. This way, when we start a book, we’re in the ‘‘right mood’’ for it and thus there is a slimmer chance of DNFing it.
Running = euphoric feeling = happiness = relaxation = enjoying a book.
Try it! It’s free of charge.
Witness as your book slump slowly dissipates.
1. TRY SOMETHING ELSE.
This is my favourite and most used solution to cure myself from reading slumps.
What I do is that I, a reader of mainly fictive novels, start reading something else.
What can be considered as something else for me?
– Non fiction
– Graphic Novels
– Cereal boxes
It doesn’t matter what we read, as long as we read something. This goes back to the idea of not letting the book slump win. Eventually, we’ll feel like reading novels again, but until then, we deepen our love for lesser read genres or simply discover new ones with which we haven’t been acquainted yet – because we read too much of the same thing.
See, being in a book slump can have its positive effects. Always look on the bright side of things *wink*.
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I hope you enjoyed reading this and that one of these 5 ways of how to get out of a book slump will successful to you!
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