THE READING SLUMP.
or, as i like to call it: THE BLACK HOLE. because it’s really hard to get out of it. in fact, sometimes it’s nearly impossible.
and, not to brag or anything, but i survived THE BLACK HOLE many times. that’s why i decided to share a post about how to get out of a reading slump. it’s quite easy (okay not really).
one: take a break from reading
no, you have not misread that. it will do no harm to take a little break from reading. yes, we all love books and stuff, but even our favorite hobbies need breaks. nothing’s bad about that. just take a break. you’ll feel well after that.
two: experience new things
while taking a break from reading, try discovering/experiencing new things. never drew? take a pencil, buy paint, and let your imagination lead you. never listened to that old rock band your best friend always tells you about? try it. never sang a song (well, that’s a shame)? try and go to a karaoke party.
once you’ve done all of this, you’ll miss reading. trust me.
three: reread your favorite book(s)
you’ve probably seen this in every single “how to get out of a reading slump” post BUT it really works. rereading your favorite will 90% of the time puts you in the mood for reading.
four: book recommendation posts/videos
i don’t know about you, but this one really works for me. watching/reading a book recommendation video/post immediately puts me in the mood for reading. it can work for you too, who knows?
five: book aesthetics/mood boards
aesthetics are actually MADE to put people in the mood for something. so i think the most effective way to get in the mood to read something is just to look for its mood/aesthetic board.
six: don’t force yourself to read
if you don’t want to read…don’t read. simpe as that. don’t panick because you’re scared you’ll never read again. you will, trust me. it’s just not the time. so don’t feel bad.
seven: start with short reads
once you’re ready to read again, don’t pick up that 600 pages high fantasy with very complicated names and hard-to-remember world-building book. start with something light, funny, and with short chapters. here are some books that helped me get out of reading slumps before (or that might help you):