Fun Question | How do you get out of a reading slump?

August 24, 2013 Fun Questions 14

Join me every Saturday as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…

How do you get out of a reading slump?

I love to read. Okay, I know, duh! Who has a book blog and doesn’t love to read, right? But as much as I love to read, sometimes I get into a funk and I just can’t seem to enjoy reading anything. Every book I pick up just isn’t doing it for me – the plot is tired, the characters are boring or unbelievable, I hate the narrator, etc, etc.


I’m convinced I’m not alone on this… right? Does this happen to you? 

This is what I TRY to do…

First of all, I have hundreds of books in my TBR lists, so I try to find one that appeals to me. But sometimes plenty of books seem appealing… until I start them. That’s when I’m in a serious slump.

When that happens, I go to one of my favorite books. One that has never let me down and is the complete opposite of what I’ve been reading lately. So if I’ve been reading a ton of Urban Fantasy, I’ll probably pick up a Classic favorite – like Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility. If I’ve been reading a lot of action I’ll probably go to a Romance – like Pride and Prejudice or Emma

Yes, I realize I just listed three Jane Austen books as my antidote (and Pride and Prejudice twice) but they are my go to favorite books, they’ve never let me down, and they usually are nothing like anything I’ve been reading lately; I rarely read classics or historical fiction.

Austen is my security blanket. I mean – how could these men EVER fail to make me happy?

mr darcy Mr Farrars Mr Knightly

So how do you get out of a reading slump?

Do you have a book that’s your security blanket?


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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

14 Responses to “Fun Question | How do you get out of a reading slump?”

    • Berls

      LOL I can’t disagree with that! I still need to find some go to authors for good smut, since I’m maybe a bit too picky. I still want a good story and so far I’m struggling to find that. If you have any recommendations I’m all ears 😉

    • Berls

      That plugin that tweets old posts is pretty awesome – for just this reason! I’m glad you caught it this time around 🙂

      I see that we have a similar method – I say if it’s a favorite book, it must be good enough to conquer any slump! I have to admit I haven’t actually read Mirror Image though… I’m off to check it out on Goodreads now!

    • Berls

      Sorry to be responding so late – I’m in the middle of a move/starting my fall semester of Grad school and things have been very intense and busy!!

      I used to have a lot of other interests, but lately it’s been reading (and things associated with reading – like my blog). It’s great to have a lot of interests though- keep you much more balanced than I am. 🙂

  1. eightbitbrit

    With out a doubt… comic books.
    Switching genre’s too though. Right now I’m reading some heavier sci-fi, paranormal romance and a Sherlock Holmes retelling. I have to be in the mood for one of them! LOL

    • Berls

      Sorry to be responding so late – I’m in the middle of a move/starting my fall semester of Grad school and things have been very intense and busy!!

      You know, I’ve never gotten into comic books. I keep telling myself I’m going to read Buffy season 8, since I’m a HUGE fan, but I just never get around to it. Maybe that would be a good solution for me though! And you sure are reading quite a variety – should go a long ways toward keeping you out of a slump!

  2. Charlotte

    We’re the same, Berls. If I find myself on a reading slump, I instantly read my most favorite books of all time. <3 It keeps me inspired.

    And instead of reading Classics, I read Middle Grade novels just to take out the stress.

    By the way, I am not really a fan of classics except for Sherlock and Oliver Twist. The rest, huhuhuh. I am still on page 52 of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. And I don't think I can continue reading it.
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    • Berls

      What are your favorite Middle Grade books – I’ve never really read Middle Grade, but I do like Young Adult, so I’ve wondered if I might not like it too. I understand about Jane Austen – she’s definitely not for everyone. I have a friend who tried to read Jane Austen for me and she didn’t make it through than the first few chapters. But you did pick some good classics if you’re going to like any!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Berls

      I wish I had artistic talent – I don’t draw. The closest I get is coloring, but that can be so soothing. And music is a great release – what a great approach to just take a complete break from books altogether!

    • Berls

      It’s a good idea to not read from the same genre or series back to back – I tend to get started on a series and plow through it, but when I’m caught up I do tend to be in a slump… didn’t even realize! I may need to try that!

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