We’ve all experienced falling into a reading slump. It happens after we finish reading a thick book with a heavy theme or when we’re reading a book we’re not really enjoying. It’s when we wander or get distracted in the middle of reading that we are only able to finish a few pages for a day. It also happens for no reason in particular other than just us being lazy asses. Reading slumps are our worst nightmare as avid readers.
It frequently happened to me before. One night of not reading turned into many, and before I knew it, it’s weeks since I’ve actually finished one book. Fortunately, I’ve found ways to somehow avoid it. However, social media is still causing my short-term reading slumps sometimes, and it seems that I can’t get away with it. One chapter in and I already find myself scrolling down my news feed again. Anyhow, to keep myself away from long-term reading slumps, here’s what I do:
- I switch genre.
A reading slump usually happens to me after I finish reading a historical fiction or a memoir, especially when the book is thick or heavy-themed. What I do is that I put a chic-lit, light novel or comic next to my queue as icebreaker. Consecutively reading dramatic novels gives me headache, and alternately switching genres is usually my cure.
- I remind myself of my Reading Goal.
I maintain a page in my journal for my monthly reading goals, besides the Goodreads tracker everyone’s using. When I feel that I’m already behind my goals, I try to keep up by spending my idle hours reading, even when I’m in the office. Setting a goal, participating in a reading challenge and sticking to it really keeps one from feeling sluggish.
- I joined an Online Book Club.
This is one of the wisest decisions I’ve made my entire life. I love having been given the opportunity to share my love for books and reading. I have been learning so much from passionate readers across the country, that I became more motivated to read more and explore different titles and genres. We engage into meaningful group discussions and we share book recommendations everyday. I think I never had a long-term reading slump ever since.
- I listen to Audiobook.
Apps like Audible are heaven-sent. It’s been easier for me to reach my reading goals when I started listening to audiobooks, for I can pay attention to a book even when I’m in the middle of household chores.
- I reward myself for reading.
I keep a Book Fund Jar on top of my shelf and reward myself one peso for every page I read. That means I’m able to save Php100.00 daily into the jar if I commit to reading 100 pages every day.
This is just a short list but I hope you have somehow learned tips to launch you back into reading. If I can break out from a reading slump, so can you. Any tips to add? Hit me up in the comments section!