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How To Get Out Of A Reading Slump

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After falling in love with Du Maurier's Jamaica Inn earlier this month, I found myself experiencing a two week reading slump. What's a reading slump, you may ask? It's that horrible malaise that comes over you when, despite wanting to read, you can't for the life of you find anything that'll stick. 

Ever the helpful little sprite, I thought I'd share 11 simple tips on how to get out of a reading slump. I've kept it short and sweet because, lets face it, some of us are struggling to read this let alone a 400 page novel. If you've got anything to add, leave your ideas in the comments so fellow slumpees can get some inspiration! 

| re-read something you adore 
| use your tbr jar to pick a book at random
| change up where you read. go outside or pick a new nook.
| ask for recommendations from fellow readers
| change the format. listen to some audiobooks or pick up your e-reader.
| watch an adaptation
| do a favourites swap or a buddy read with a friend
| surround yourself by bookish chat. go to the library or bookstore or watch booktube.
| attempt to read something smaller. try short stories or poetry.
| take part in a readathon!

There you have it - 11 simple steps on how to get out of a reading slump to get you started. If you aren't finding reading enjoyable. don't be afraid to step away for a while and enjoy something else. It's meant to be fun, after all. Leave your very own bookish advice below!

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  1. I totally get what you mean by a book slump! Usually I go read something really addictive and guilty-pleasurish, like Vampire Academy or the Princess Diaries, haha.

  2. Great tips! I go through book slumps quite often, and I need to read for University, which makes it so much worse. I think changing where you read can make a huge difference H xx

  3. My God, do I know what you mean... I've just finished my first year of uni and I was so exhausted at the end of the day that I didn't even want to pick up a book. I felt so guilty looking at my shelves and seeing all those books pleading to be read... I'm managing my time better now, and I read as much as I can on the bus or the metro, because i spend too much time there!
    Great post, those tips are amazing!!! :)

  4. They're so annoying, ive been on the same book for a week but I just can't seem to get through it!

  5. Book slumps are so annoying. I went through a super long slump when I stopped commuting to London and subsequently didn't have that 30 minute window dedicated to reading. I found that the break coupled with a change in scenery helped me to get back into books!

  6. This is such a great post! I wish I could read but my mind is so busy with personal shit and my dissertation I can't get my mind to focus. When I've handed the blasted dissertation in I can start reading for fun again!
    Nina from little nomad

  7. Going outside to read is pretty fun, I've only recently tried it but I really like it!

    Every Day In Grace

  8. I really need to get out of my reading slump, I haven't read a book in months!

  9. As SOON as I read this, I started making my own TBR jar! It's such a beautiful idea and I can't wait to finish what I'm reading to pick something else out, haha! I've struggled to pick anything up since finishing The Hunger Games series. It left such a gaping hole in my life x

    Megan /

  10. I love this post, I've been in a bit of a reading slump for a while now and it's the most annoying thing! x

  11. I've been going through such a reading slump recently! going to a different place to read has been reaaally helpful! especially in nice weather- it's nice to go for a walk, find a bench and lose yourself in the book!:)) it definetely helps the slump!:)) hahah!

  12. I definitely catch myself falling into slumps ever once in a while! I love the idea of a tbr jar! My problem is that I get so many books from the library and they all seem to come in at once so I have to be a little strategic about the order I read them, and my non-library books tend to get pushed to the side.

  13. Great advice, thanks for sharing! xx

  14. Good tips! To get out of our reading slump, my husband and I decided to start to read to each other before bed each night! My husband blogged about it as a guest post on my blog a little while ago, which seemed to go down well! I'd really recommend reading aloud to someone!

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

  15. I'm in such a book slump. I have a growing TBR list and a love for buying books which drives my mum insane, I just don't know how to get out of this slump. I also want to start a blog for book reviews, make-up stuff and hauls, but I s=don't know where to begin. Help.

  16. I've been going through a book slump for months now. It's terrible, I think it's mostly because I just can't seem to stay interested. Once I can kind of guess what's going to happen, or the characters irritate me, I can't continue, even if the writing is great, and the story is interesting.
    Blue Jazzmin


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