Tuesday, 10 July 2018

How to Climb out of Your Reading Slump


I think we can all agree that reading slumps are one of the worst things that can happen to a bookworm. I slumped after finishing my course. I slumped hard. I'd been reading mostly books for my course for the last three years and, once I no longer had to, getting through novels was a slog. But I'm back now (or seem to be at least).

(Please don't hold her to that.)

I've climbed out of my slump, and you can do it too! Here's how.

Mix it up a Bit

Read something different. Switch up the genre or the format. For me, switching from novels to graphic novels for a bit really helped pull me out of my funk. You could always try audiobooks. Listening instead of reading might help.

Re-visit an Old Favourite

Fair warning: if this one backfires, it backfires hard. 

Re-reading an old favourite is either going to revitalise your love for reading or destroy your favourite novel.  

(We at Ivyclad Ideas accept no responsibility for your childhood - or any part of your adulthood - being destroyed.) 

Binge-Watch a TV Show (or Watch a Film, Whatever)

There are a million different ways to tell a story.

(You know full well we only counted 999,999.)

We counted a million. I told you, smoke signals.


(And I told you! Veto.)

...I could tell a story in smoke signals.

(You don't even know how to make smoke signals!)

...There are 999,999 ways to tell a story. Unless you know how to make smoke signals, in which case there are a million.


(OH MY GOD. JUST LET IT GO!)

NEVER!

TV shows and films are just two of those ways. I sped through The Lizzie Borden Chronicles and Alias Grace during my reading slump, if you're looking for recommendations. 

And Never be Afraid to Take a Break

At the end of the day, you might just need a break. Take up a new sport. Draw a picture (you should see these bug-themed superheroines I've been working on - they're epic! I'm really pleased with how they've come out). Bake something. You read because you enjoy it. If you're not enjoying it right now, shoo! Go and do something else. 

When was your last reading slump?