We can all fall victim to a reading slump every now and then, a pastime you used to love is becoming a struggle. There are lots of reasons why you might find it hard to pick up your next book, maybe you’re burnt out from reading too much or if you’ve recently read something so good you feel like nothing else could compare. The idea of starting a new book might seem like a challenge right now but there are a few ways that you can encourage yourself to read again.

Ways to Approach Your Reading Rut

Lots of people read the most when they are away on holiday, taking time away from your regular routines is a great way to get through a few new books. There is even a dedicated Reading Retreat you can go on specifically designed to be a reading holiday, with special literary themed retreats and guest author! If you don’t have the time to take a reading retreat, setting aside a dedicated evening with a nice tea and cosy blanket could be the ideal solution to breaking your reading rut.

Reading with a friend is also a great way to reignite your love for reading, whether it’s a buddy read with a friend online or an in-person book club. Reading along with another person and setting deadlines can be a great motivation to get back into reading.

One of the most common ways you might find yourself in a reading rut is when you’re stuck on a book that you’re not loving. Whether it’s just not your thing or it’s a little slow-paced, struggling through a book you aren’t enjoying can put you off reading. Don’t be afraid to DNF (do not finish) a book and move on to another, you can always come back to it in the future.

Books To Break Your Reading Slump

My favourite way to get back into reading after a slump is to start on a short punchy novella, usually something I can finish in one setting. The accomplishment of finishing something and the fast-paced storytelling of a novella are perfect for reading when you don’t feel like it. Below are a few of the best books for kick-starting your reading fixation again:

Lord Of The Flies – William Golding – 224 pages

Lord Of The Flies is a thrilling classic entered around young British boys stranded on a desert Island. The boys try to navigate survival in the elements and signalling for rescue without turning against eachother. If you’re looking to tick a few more classics off your reading list, this short novella is a great place to start.

books to get out of your reading slump

The Great Gatsby – f. Scott Fitzgerald – 208 Pages

Set in roaring 20s American, The Great Gatsby follows the story of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. A lot happens in only a few pages and it’s sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

My Sister The Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite – 240 Pages

My Sister The Serial Killer follows Korede as she keeps cleaning up her sister Ayoola’s messy love life. A darkly funny thriller that will keep you on your toes as the tale escalates.

Cursed Bunny – Bora Chung – 256 Pages

Cursed Bunny is comprised of 10 truly unique short stories blending horror, sci-fi and fairy tales to tell haunting tales within our own world. Cursed Bunny is strange in a way that will keep you gripped from one story to the next.

Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury – 256 Pages

Set in a bleak, dystopian future, a man who’s job it is to burn books begins to question everything he has ever known. Fahrenheit 451 is another short classic that feels timeless in our current times of book banning and anti-intellectualism.

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