I rarely find myself in a book slump, but whenever I do, it’s usually after reading a book that I had been eagerly anticipating and which exceeded or met my expectations. All other books, no matter how intriguing they would have seemed before, become unenticing. I would read a chapter or two and would find it impossible to ‘get into it’.

These are the steps I usually take to help me of a slump. If it’s a really bad one, I end up going through all of the steps and maybe even repeating a step or two.

In the famous words of Dr Seuss:

slumpWithout further ado :

  1. Re-read the book (or my favourite parts). Sometimes one just can’t get enough of a good ‘thing’. So, repeat!
    1 Reread the book
  2. Write (blog) about it, review it, rave about it to your reading buddies  to get it out of system.2 write about itwrite about it
  3. Take a break from reading, watch a movie you’ve been meaning to watch, or binge watch a favourite series.
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  4. Go shopping for more books! New books are being released weekly, maybe you’ll come across one,( or ten ), that peak your interest!4 go shopping for more books
  5. Try a sub-genre or another genre altogether! Maybe you have just read one too many epic fantasy, try urban fantasy, or thrillers.
    5 try other genre
  6. See what your friends are reading or check out what’s on their TBRs. You might discover some good reads!6 what are your friends reading
  7. Go through your humongous pile of books; whether it be physical and or digital. ( I know you have a huge pile of books that you’ve been meaning to read for some time now) Read the synopses and maybe you’ll discover a hidden gem.7 tbr pile
  8. Try a graphic novel instead,(or a few), maybe one based on a novel you’ve already read!
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  9. Re-read your favourite series (I have a fallback series, the Dresden Files) until you’ve had enough of that!
    9 reread fave series
  10. Read a series you loved in another language or another that you couldn’t get into for some reason. If you dont know another language, now might be a good time to learn one. If you’re not up for it, repeat step 3.

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What steps do you use? Do you have any others you would like to add? Leave a comment below.

Cheers.

curlicue