As you all know, this year has not been the most productive reading wise for me. It’s safe to say I am most definitely in a slump. I recently wrote a discussion post on how I’ve come to embrace my book slump. However, if you are desperate to get rid of this slump then these type of books are the ones I’d recommend you turn to when facing a reading slump.
1. Contemporary Books
There are a lot of variations in contemporary fiction. Some tackle some hard-hitting truths, explore difficult topics, and will continuously punch you in the feels. However, you also get those summer romances that sweep you off your feet. The ones that have that feel-good vibe, but also have plenty of heart and brilliant character dynamics. The benefit of these books is that they have an addictive quality to them. Once you get started it becomes impossible to put it down. These are the ones I’d turn to when I’m in a slump.
Short story anthologies have become a rising trend lately. So many authors have published a selection of short stories that are either based in their world or are part of a thematic collection. The beauty of these anthologies is the fact that you don’t have to follow a continuous plot for an average of 300+ pages. Instead, you get the benefit of reading shorter standalone tales that can easily stand apart from the rest of the novel but can also play a collective role in the universe those stories take place in. It’s also a great way for us to re-immerse ourselves in out favourite universes so you also get that sense of familiarity to them.
3. Something New
Maybe the cause of your reading slump is the fact that you’ve grown tired of reading the same genre. A reading slump is a perfect chance to try reading a new genre, one you wouldn’t typically read from. For me, this genre would be the Classics. In the past I have struggled with reading classic books, they’re either too dense or just don’t capture my attention. However, there are some classics that make a case for themselves and what surprised me was how short some of these classics are. It’s also important to note that classic books can also be your childhood favourites or even modern classics, so you really have a wide range to chose from. This method might be a hit or miss, but it doesn’t hurt to try something new every now and then.
Classics to try: The Pearl | Lord of the Rings | Peter Rabbit
4. Old Favourites
Perhaps the best method to cure a book slump is to turn to your favourite books. Re-reading is a great way to help push you out of that slump because there is nothing more comforting that reacquainting yourself with a favourite book. The beauty of re-reading is that you already know what to expect, but still get that sense of anticipation when reading. It also gives you a chance to reconnect with your favourite characters and pick up on the smaller, subtle details that further enhances that reading experience.
Those are the books I’d turn to pull me out of a slump.
Which books would you read when faced with a reading slump?