Nannool: How to get out of a reading slump
Now that you’ve got some time to take a break from your life responsibilities, you have plenty of time to catch up on your reading. All the books you didn’t get to read have been collecting dust on the bookshelf because you were too busy to open them. Your work schedule and unending errands got in the way of your to-be-read list, and you’re just too happy to be back.
However, you just can’t seem to focus on the book you’re reading. You’ve tried to read every book that you own but you just can’t force yourself to finish any of them. The drive and desire that you once felt when picking up a novel aren’t just there anymore, yet you never understood why.
Chances are, you’re in a reading slump. To help you get over this fleeting issue, here are some tips you can do:
Re-read a favourite book
If your reading slump doesn’t seem to end, try re-reading a favourite book. It can be a novel that reminds you of your childhood or a poetry collection that was given to you by a close friend.
In this way, you remind yourself why you fell in love with reading in the first place. Let it spark your imagination once again and just allow yourself to completely immerse in the book!
Read an easy book
Oftentimes, people try so hard to read a lengthy, complicated novel that looks like it was written by Leo Tolstoy. You force yourself to read it because it’s a classic, and what kind of reader would you be if you don’t pick it up as well?
However, this is not recommended at all. If you’re stuck in a reading slump and you try to read something heavy, things are going to get worse. You’re just going to hate reading even more, making you completely fall out of love with the whole thing.
Pick up an easy, short read that you think you’d like. It can be a short story by your favourite writer, a New York Times article or a novelette that you’ve been eyeing.
Visit a library or a bookstore
Looking at your TBR pile constantly won’t make you feel any better, so it’s better to go out and do something related to reading instead. For instance, you can visit the nearest library or bookstore to browse some books. You never know, you might end up finding something that can help you beat your reading slump!
Moreover, it can help you see a community of readers, reminding you of how magical reading can be. You may end up meeting someone with whom you can start a conversation because you have similar taste in books, and nothing can ever beat that moment.