Reading Slumps happen to everyone and are frustrating but they can be overcome. First off, if you feel you absolutely can’t read then don’t! If you force yourself to read something you’ll probably dislike it and this will make you feel even more discouraged. In this case take a step back from books for a while and do something different to give yourself a break like watching Netflix, going for a walk or cleaning your room.
If you do feel you can pick up a book again, here are my suggestions to help kick start your reading.
1.) The Selection by Kiera Cass. This is a dystopia books with lots of romance about a 17 year old girl called America Singer who is selected to take part in a competition to win the prince’s heart. This is a fun book, if not taken too seriously, as there are a few issues with the writing and world-building. However, if you’re a fan of romance and you want a quick read then you should enjoy this book.
2.) Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata (Illustrator). This manga focuses on a boy called Light Yagami who finds a book called a ‘Death Note’ a book that can be used to kill anyone by writing their name in it. I have only read the first three volumes in this series but I have really enjoyed it so far. A strength of manga, in general, is that they contain pictures and minimal text so can be read quickly. There are plenty of other manga you could read instead if Death Note doesn’t sound like something you’d like. For example, the more girly Sailor Moon or the adventure focused Fairy Tail. And if you aren’t feeling manga, then you could try a graphic novel instead. Even if you’ve never read a graphic novel or manga before and are apprehensive to give one ago, it’s worth a try. This way you can turn your reading slump into a positive by trying something new.
3.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. I included this book because it’s awesome, basically. It’s a story many have already read and will be familiar with so going back to it is easy. The first book in the Harry Potter series is fairly short and you don’t have to pressure yourself to read the rest of the series unless you want to. Just give yourself a chance to enjoy Harry Potter and all it’s first year goodness.
4.) Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig . This book is about Matt Haig’s struggle with depression and how he overcame it. This book is absolutely wonderful and uplifting and a reminder that life is precious and worthwhile. A great aspect of this book is that even though it focuses on a serious topic it manages to be funny and entertaining. Furthermore, the lack of it’s complicated statistics and difficult terminology makes it easy to understand.
5.) Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. In this book, two misfits fall in love with the help of some mix tapes and comic books. This is a short, sweet contemporary and is ideal to get you in the mood for reading again. I love the characters in this book and the 1980’s setting. However, there are also some difficult issues featured alongside the romance in this book.
I hope this post helps you overcome you’re reading slump. If not, what kind of books do you normally read to motivate yourself to read again?