Four ways to get out of your reading slump

Posted in Books
on August 23, 2018

I am awful at making time for reading.

My phone, social media, video games or binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy always seem to take a higher priority, even though they don’t bring me as much joy. So, I’ve been trying some new behaviours to try and teach myself to make more time.

1. Munching and reading

My most productive reading time? Lunch.

I’m very lucky to be able to take an hour-long lunch break, leaving me about 40 minutes to sit down and read every day of the working week (subtracting time to eat and get settled in). Find a quiet spot, put your headphones in, and you can transport yourself into another world quite easily. It also helps if a work pal reads with you as you can motivate each other to keep going!

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2. Go back to your classic

When all else fails, your classic read will always be there for you. My old faithful? Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. Following Lyra’s adventures never gets old and always increases my love of reading. Go back to that book you say down and read in a day – it may just be the one to get you back on track.

3. “App”y reading

I have fallen in love… with an app? The Bookly App is so much more than a handy, digital bookmark. You can track how long you’ve been reading the book so far, see how successful your reading sessions have been, add quotes/thoughts/words as you read (or take photos for later) and even play relaxing sounds, such as a thunderstorm, as you delve into another world. But, and this is the bit that gets me, you can unlock achievements as you go, meaning the more you put into to the app, the more you can get through! Gamification is a sure fire way to get me on board. I use the app pretty much every day, so have splurged on the paid subscription (£4.99) which allows you unlimited books on the app itself (you can only have up to 10 on the free version) and allows you to set yearly reading goals. I really, really, really love this product.

4. Read or write about them

For me, part of the reason I wanted to start a blog is to motivate myself to read more! I have many books I want to read, but I just haven’t done it, so I thought I’d tell you all about them instead! But, if blogging doesn’t seem like your thing, read them. There are book bloggers for all sorts of niche genres (and quite a few every-genre-possible bookworms too!) so there should be a blogger out there for you!

Are you struggling to make time for reading at the moment? What’re you doing to counter it? Share in the comments below and help out a fellow struggling reader! <3

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  • pixieskies

    I’m TERRIBLE at making time for reading!! When I was at uni it got to the point where I was reading a book a month if I was lucky. I’ve dragged myself out of my latest slump by making sure I have a book in my bag at all times, so if I’m ever waiting for an appointment or a class I get a couple minutes in. Usually I inevitably get hooked and carry on reading when I have free time.

    Megan // pixieskiesblog.wordpress.com

    August 24, 2018 at 1:48 pm Reply
  • nsfordwriter

    I get my reading done while eating too, or else in bed (like what else is there to do in bed?!). Since I started Twitter and my blog, the number of books read has gone down though.

    August 24, 2018 at 5:46 pm Reply
  • Cat

    I’ve been getting better at making time to read, it’s not a problem anymore but these tips are really helpful. I didn’t know about that app and I will take a look at it. 🙂 x

    August 24, 2018 at 5:52 pm Reply
  • Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

    When I get in a reading slump I usually will take a day or two off without trying to read, play video games and watch movies or something. And then I will switch genres to see if that will work (it usually does – most of my slumps come from genre burnout I have found).

    August 24, 2018 at 7:59 pm Reply
  • ellesecrit

    Great advice! I eat when I’m reading too, it also means I eat slower and this makes me feel more full, so win win!😂

    August 25, 2018 at 8:56 am Reply
  • Emma

    I have been meaning to get back into reading for a while now and I’m also terrible at taking lunch breaks as I work from home…I think I need to tackle both together with your first tip! Thank you 🙂

    August 26, 2018 at 10:09 am Reply
  • rachaelstray

    Great tips. Had my heard of that app before. I’m doing the Goodreads challenge which is keeping me on track. I only get a 30 minute lunch at work but I read while I eat. I’m also joining a book club in October as missing the first meeting with being away.

    Rachael | https://rachaelstray.com

    August 26, 2018 at 1:33 pm Reply
  • Bill Fonda

    I am terrible at making time for reading books, mostly because I’m always reading social media! I read books mostly on the exercise bike at gym, because it’s a half-hour where I’m not doing anything else but riding.

    August 26, 2018 at 2:26 pm Reply
  • Bettie

    I was also terrible at making time for reading, but now I do it every evening/night before I go to sleep.

    Love,
    Bettie
    http://www.thewildflowerhippie.com

    August 27, 2018 at 7:29 am Reply
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