Discussion: Reading Slump Hacks

It happens to all of us from time-to-time. The dreaded Reading Slump. I thought I’d share with you some ways/hacks I use to get out of mu reading slump.

    1. Set a goal. When I read I like to set goals. ATTAINABLE GOALS. I know I can read a couple of books a week, but the reality of that happening is slim to none. So, I set my reading goal at 4 books a month – 1 a week. Easy enough to achieve and if I read more than that awesome sauce!Set a daily page goal. I used to do this when I was college. Having to read upwards of 6 novels per semester. It helped me stay on top of my reading and it’s another Attainable Goal and seeing my progress that way makes me feel accomplished and it allows me some wiggle room to read more and if if I have to read less on a particular day, I know to add a few more pages in order to get back on track.
      Set a timer. Now that I’m doing that adulting thing, time has a tendency to get away from me; so I make it a point to read a minimum of 30 minutes on work days and on my days off (like today) I set a goal two hours. The one thing I’ve notice about me is that I start to lose reading steam around the 30 minute mark. Typically anything longer that, in one sitting, starts to feel like a chore. So, I set my timer for 30 minutes, take a break, then come for another 30 minutes.
    2. Reread an old Favorite. Why not? and so what if you know what’s going to happen? If it helps you get out of a reading slump than do it. My favorites are Jane Eyre, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry.
    3. Read a novella or a short story. Oh my gosh! Anytime you can read something 200 pages or less that keeps you engaged is awesome, right? Indeed. The other part is that any book that you can read in 4 hours or less is always a plus for getting me out of my reading slump. Some of my favorites include: The Yellow Wallpaper, The Metamorphosis, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, and anything by Poe.
    4. Switch genres. I have a tendency to get caught up with one genre. Typically mysteries/thrillers/suspense books. And then I tend to get super bored and have no desire to read. So, yes switching genres typically helps me get out of my reading slump. After reading such dark books, I usually go in for a bit of fluff.
    5. Take a break. What?! “I’m in a reading slump. Why should I take a break?” I know it sound counterproductive, but sometimes you have to take a break and regroup. Personally, I don’t stop reading for pleasure altogether. Typically I pick up some magazine like the Washingtonian, The New Yorker, Cooking Light, Forks Over Knives and dare I say People or US Magazine. Taking a magazine break usually gets me back in a novel reading mood.

Tell me, what are some of your reading hacks?

9 thoughts on “Discussion: Reading Slump Hacks

  1. reorganizedreading February 28, 2018 / 1:11 pm

    These are some great suggestions! I’ll have to try the timer approach because I often feel the same, especially if I have a laundry list of things to do that day.


  2. Laila@BigReadingLife February 27, 2018 / 10:25 pm

    Great suggestions! I use the “read an old favorite “ one often.

    How about a “blogging slump?” 🙂 I feel like I’m in one of those!


    • The Broken Spine February 28, 2018 / 1:01 am

      Is that a request to do a ‘blogging slump’ discussion post? If so, I shall gladly take on the challenge.

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  3. BibliomaniacEzza February 26, 2018 / 8:13 pm

    great advice! will do this as I am in a reading slump and having a reading slump when I have both a book blog and a booktube just isn’t working.

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    • The Broken Spine February 27, 2018 / 12:47 am

      Thanks! Being in a reading slump and being a book blogger and Booktuber definitely don’t go well together. I’ve been thinking about starting a Booktube channel and that’s one of the reasons I haven’t other than I’m really introverted.


    • The Broken Spine February 27, 2018 / 12:44 am

      They really are and if you’re behind in your Goodreads challenge they’re great to help you get caught up.

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