Every book lover has fallen into a reading slump. Your reading is going great and then suddenly you find yourself stuck in a reading rut. A book that you would normally love isn’t holding your attention or the last book that you read was so great that you can’t seem to move on. Maybe you have been reading a lot of review copies and have lost motivation for reading ARCs.
This happens to all of us bibliophiles.
So what should you do? I know that you don’t want to stop reading, that’s for sure.
I’m going to share some of the different strategies that I use that will help get you out of that dreaded reading slump along with some book recommendations that have helped me get out of my slumps in the past.
Common Reading Rut Problems
Here are some reading problems friends and I have run into along with some suggestions on how to fix them.
You just finished a really great intricate fantasy and can’t seem to get into another.
- Switch to a light and fluffy read without an intricate world.
You just finished a 5 star read and now everything pales in comparison.
- Read a new book by a favorite author, or the next book in a series that you really enjoyed
You have been reading a lot of review copies and have lost motivation to pick up ARCs
- Read a back-list title that you have really wanted to read.
If those scenarios don’t sound like what you’re currently going through, why don’t you check out some of these tips that almost always work.
- If you’ve been reading a lot of fantasy novels or contemporary books and everything has started to feel the same, it’s time to mix it up. Throw in a thriller.
Read something fast paced.
- You might think that a book sounds super interesting, but if it is slow-moving now is not the time. Pick up something fast paced that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Read a “fluff read” to cleanse your palate.
- For some reason this always seems to work for me. I love to read YA drivel when I’m trying to get out of a slump. Think superficial characters and teenage drama. It’s fast, interesting and sometimes surprisingly good.
Pick something short.
- Sometimes a quick 150-250 page read is the exact right length. The story moves quicker because it’s condensed so a lot of times it is perfect for a slump. Sometimes you just need something quick to get you back on track.
Read something plot driven rather than character driven.
- I love great character development, but a lot of times those books are slow moving and take a while to read. They can take a while to get into though and I find that if I read one of these when I’m fighting a slump I will just NOT appreciate it.
Return to a beloved series or a favorite author.
- When all else fails, return to what you love. I’m sure you have unread books by your favorite authors, if you’re on the verge of a slump maybe it’s time to return to what you love.
Preventing Your Next Reading Rut
When you finish a 5 star read either pick up something fast paced OR something that you are expecting to be just as good.
Throw in a different genre every couple of books to keep your reading exciting.
Don’t underestimate the value of the “fluff read” AKA an entertaining book that has little depth to it.
If you read a ton of review copies make sure to throw in a back-list title so it doesn’t start to feel like a chore to read books that you would normally love.
Book Recommendations to Break the Reading Slump
Alexis Wyndham is the other type of Queen B—the Queen Bitch.
After years of being the subject of ridicule, she revels in her ability to make the in-crowd cower via the exposés on her blog, The Eastline Spy. Now that she’s carved out her place in the high school hierarchy, she uses her position to help the unpopular kids walking the hallways.
Saving a freshman from bullies? Check.
Swapping insults with the head cheerleader? Check.
Falling for the star quarterback? So not a part of her plan.
But when Brett offers to help her solve the mystery of who’s posting X-rated videos from the girls’ locker room, she’ll have to swallow her pride and learn to see past the high school stereotypes she’s never questioned—until now.
I had a life anyone would kill for.
Then someone did.
The worst part of being dead is that there’s nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It’s enough to kill a girl all over again. But I’m about to get something no one else does–an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet.
Now Emma’s desperate to know what happened to me. And the only way to figure it out is to be me–to slip into my old life and piece it all together. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she’s the girl he fell in love with? Pretend to be a happy, care-free daughter when she hugs my parents goodnight? And can she keep up the charade, even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?
From Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars books, comes a riveting new series about secrets, lies, and killer consequences.
Let the lying game begin.
Three girls with three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown.
The king is dying, his heir has just been murdered, and rebellion brews in the east. But the kingdom of Kolonya and the outer Reaches has one last option before it descends into leaderless chaos.
Or rather, three unexpected options.
Zofi has spent her entire life trekking through the outer Reaches with her band of Travelers. She would do anything to protect the band, her family. But no one can ever find out how far she’s already gone.
Akeylah was raised in the Eastern Reach, surrounded by whispers of rebellion and abused by her father. Desperate to escape, she makes a decision that threatens the whole kingdom.
Ren grew up in Kolonya, serving as a lady’s maid and scheming her way out of the servants’ chambers. But one such plot could get her hung for treason if anyone ever discovers what she’s done.
When the king summons the girls, they arrive expecting arrest or even execution. Instead they learn the truth: they are his illegitimate daughters, and one must become his new heir. But someone in Kolonya knows their secrets, and that someone will stop at nothing to keep the sisters from their destiny… to rule.
Magic, mystery, and blackmail abound in this sensational and striking fantasy debut.
A banshee who just wants to sing.
A leprechaun with a gambling problem.
A sex-addicted succubus in recovery.
Vampires who want a sunny day at the beach.
And then there’s Steve, the regular Joe who inadvertently brought these flawed mythical beings to our world. But he has no idea how he did it, which is a problem, because it’s his job to bring them home.
All this responsibility is putting a serious damper on Steve’s directionless lifestyle. Then he finds out a dark force is trying to kill him and his friends. And he might be falling in love with one of his charges…
Steve realizes he must get his act together, before it’s too late…
In their world, telling the truth has become the most dangerous crime of all.
In the near-future United States, a one-child policy is ruthlessly enforced. Everyone follows the Rule of One. But Ava Goodwin, daughter of the head of the Texas Family Planning Division, has a secret—one her mother died to keep and her father has helped to hide for her entire life.
She has an identical twin sister, Mira.
For eighteen years Ava and Mira have lived as one, trading places day after day, maintaining an interchangeable existence down to the most telling detail. But when their charade is exposed, their worst nightmare begins. Now they must leave behind the father they love and fight for their lives.
Branded as traitors, hunted as fugitives, and pushed to discover just how far they’ll go in order to stay alive, Ava and Mira rush headlong into a terrifying unknown.
What tips do you have for getting out of a reading slump? Have any of these tips worked for you in the past? What titles have been great palate cleansers for you to break your reading rut? Make sure to comment below and share your tips and tricks!