This is a new meme created and hosted by J.R. @ Eternity Books, where each Friday, a certain bookish topic is discussed! Today’s theme is one I believe every bookworm has encountered once or twice (or thousand times) and if not, should count herself lucky. Here are my ways to overcome a reading slump!
#1 Browse through your TBR list and pick up the most intriguing book
I know it sounds so simple. But when you’re in a reading slump and feeling down, picking up a book might not seem so easy anymore. Which is why I tend to do this. I start from the bottom, because that way I usually don’t remember the contents of the books and therefore can’t connect any bad feelings with them. Pick the most interesting one and just start reading. I hope it works, it works for me anyways!
#2 Read five star reviews to encourage yourself
Whenever I read a review where a blogger praises a book and writes how phenomenal it is, I get carried away and only want to read that certain book in that very moment. It’s encouraging, like the words of a personal trainer saying This book is worth it, come on, you can pick it up. This feeling of overwhelming interest for that book doesn’t tend to last very long for me, so be quick to pick up a book!
#3 Reread a favorite that was gripping for you to get in the mood
You don’t have to read the whole book, maybe read the first page or the best chapter – what you need to regain that bookish feeling that makes you want to read again. For me, it’s picking up Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo that helped me overcome a reading slump – to read that first masterpiece of negotiation by Kaz Brekker was all I needed to want to feel overwhelmed by a book again.
I know, reading slumps are the worst, but these three things have helped me overcome them. So that’s it – happy (and successful) reading!