Top 5 Wednesday: how to get out of a reading slump

This week’s topic is a bit different since I’m currently in a reading slump lol.

So I recently moved into an apartment where I’m all by myself. On top of that I am continuing with University courses this Fall as of last week. A lot has been happening in my life lately. Basically, I haven’t been in the mood to read. Anyone else feel this way?

This summer I was able to get quite a bit of reading done. But now that my life has been turned upside down, my motivation to read for fun has dwindled a bit. Reading slumps are hard to get out of sometimes. I’m hoping to get some motivation to read at least something soon.

Anyways, even though I’m currently in a reading slump, it’s not the first time that I’ve felt this way. So if you’re in a slump and don’t know how to get out of it, then keep reading cause I’m gonna give you some tips that usually work for me.

1. Read an old favorite

We as readers all have a number one favorite book. And for those who enjoy re-reading, you’ve probably read that favorite book several times. Well, it can honestly be a good way to help get you out of a slump. It’s a story you already know and love so there’s no expectations you have to meet.

I personally love re-reading Percy Jackson or A Court of Thorns and Roses (well, specifically ACOMAF lol) to help me out of a slump.

2. Read something that’s light-hearted

Do you often read dense books? If you’re in a slump, dense and long books won’t help. Trust me. So try a more light-hearted book that won’t require quite as much effort as the dense and long book on your TBR.

3. Join a book club or buddy read

Book clubs or buddy reading can honestly help you stay accountable on your reading. If you set yearly Goodreads Challenge goals and are struggling to meet them, joining some friends in reading the same book might just help you out. Plus, if you choose to read the chosen book every month, then you’re always going to get one book per month read.

4. Read some FanFiction

If you just rolled your eyes at reading that, then you’ve probably never tried reading FanFiction. FanFiction is honestly something that can get you reading without much effort. There are thousands of great writers on the internet who are capable of creating amazing stories from already existing content. I’d recommend reading from a Fandom that you already love. There are multiple sites out there, but the ones I’ve used most frequently are fanfiction.net and archiveofourown.org.

5. Don’t stress

I feel like this might be the most important one. If you aren’t in the mood to read, don’t stress about it! It happens. Goodreads challenges are just for fun. Bookstagram is a community and I don’t believe that the number of books you read in a month or year defines you as a reader. If you read 100 books last year, great! If you read 1 book last year, also great! Once you start loving to read, I don’t think that love will ever go away. Even in the times you don’t feel like reading.

❤ Kimberly

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