It can be distressing to find yourself in a reading slump when you can’t seem to find a book that holds your attention despite the millions of books available on the market.
Are you trying to get out of a reading slump and don’t know how to? Try out these ten easy tips to help you get back to a reading culture once more.
1. Reread an old favorite novel
It’s easy to start reading a new book to pass the time, but after the first few pages, it can be just as easy to toss it aside after quickly losing attention. Sounds familiar? How about re-immersing yourself in an old favorite that you once liked?
Reading something great, such as a J.K Rowling adventure novel, will make you look forward to reading a new book and will effectively spark your curiosity once more.
2. Change Formats
While you are not physically reading per se, audiobooks are still books! Besides, if you’re not ready to read as much as you’d like, let someone else do the reading for you. Once hooked on a new audiobook, you can gradually develop excitement and transfer that excitement into reading a physical book from the same series.
3. Read a Book that you think you wouldn’t like
There’s freedom in perusing through a novel you think you won’t like; you will have no expectations as you read through, and you will not feel guilty if you stop. It’s simply a great and effective way to grow your reading potential.
4. Pick up a New Book Series
Whenever you finish reading a favorite series, it often leaves a void that could cause a potential upturn in your reading routine. Trying out a new series soon after you finish reading your current book allows you to enter a new world and give you something new to look forward to as you explore the book.
5. Peek through the first 5 to 10 pages of Multiple Books
This approach gives you an “out” if the book is not catchy or interesting enough. But it also increases your chances of an unexpected book that grabs your attention long enough to get you hooked to the last page.
6. Read a Series that inspired any of Your Favorite Authors.
Reading a book that once inspired your favorite authors will allow you to branch out while still staying within your comfortable territory. Chances are, if the book inspired your favorite author, it might inspire you too.
7. Join a book club near you
A book club will make you obligated to kick start your brain and get back into a consistent reading culture. And being able to talk about your favorite characters with your peers will effectively expand your desire to read. Your book club will also help you to look at a book differently as you listen to different opinions.
8. Take a Reading Vacation
If you can’t seem to focus on a whole chapter of your favorite book, don’t beat yourself up over it. Take a week-long break from reading to refresh your mind, and get back to reading once you’re ready. Think of it as taking a break from work or school.
9. Browse through the Children’s Book Shelf
Children’s books have simpler prose than novels, and they have bright colors and visual graphics, and text stories. But most importantly, they bring a sense of wonder and easily spark the interest to read on.
10. Read a Short Book
There are no rules that say you have to read a long novel. Pick a short story or novella and see if it ignites a spark within you.
Hopefully, a combination of these tips can help you get back to your reading culture with a bit of luck and patience.