ALL THINGS BOOKISH: Overcoming a reading slump

Who isn’t hoping for a Book of Requirement? Well, I do.

Reading slumps are literally the worst. All you want to do is reading but you just can’t make yourself do it. Reading slumps take a lot of energy, frustrated outbursts and tears. Unfortunately it’s not as easy to get out of this vicious circle as we wish for.

Why am I writing this post? Well, I’ve struggled quite a bit with being in a reading slump lately and I know (at least hope!) that I am not the only one. So, I tried to get all my tips together, all the things I always do when I try top escape out of a reading slump and share them with you.

My tips about how to overcome a reading slump.


Stop putting yourself under pressure

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I know, when you’re in a reading slump, all you want to do is get out of it and go back to your normal reading habits. But, please, do not put too much pressure on you.

You want to enjoy the book you are reading, right? You don’t want to torture yourself but rather fall completely in love with the story. Am I still right?

So, put the book away and do something else. Listen to your favorite music, go for a walk, draw or write. Be creative. Do all the things you love, except reading. Give yourself a break.


Go to a bookstore or a library

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I love going to a bookstore, ’cause who doesn’t?! It doesn’t matter if I am looking for a  specific book or not. There are always things which inspire me. Bookmarks, postcards, note books. It’s a paradise.

You will get inspired. I promise. And you will feel good between all those books and who knows, maybe you see a book you always wanted to read and get excited about it. But remember: Don’t put yourself under pressure, just enjoy!


Listen to an Audiobook

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I love audiobooks. I couldn’t live without them. Ever since I was a little girl I loved listening to audiobooks while falling asleep.

I like that you don’t have to read to finish a book. You can do so many other things while listening to a story. You can combine your favorite things, like diving into a story while journaling or organizing or working out.

So many different options. Go, try it out!


Organize your Bookshelf

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Who doesn’t like to organize their bookshelves? Well, I  l o v e  it.

I always go through old books and get a bit nostalgic which makes me want to experience new adventures with new books and of course I have to start reading then.


Watch Booktube

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I don’t know why but book tube always calms me down and makes me feel super inspired. You just get the bookish vibes and start feeling excited about a book because the one behind the screen is excited about it.

Try it out! Watch tags, hauls, discussions or vlogs. Believe me, you will feel more motivated, inspired and positive afterwards.


Read a passage of your favorite book

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Your favorite book isn’t called favorite without a reason. Obviously. It’s like your best friend who can cheer your up with your favorite stories you experienced together.

So, let me ask you: What is your favorite book?

Okay, good.

Now, pick up the book which came into your mind at first and open a random page and give it a try. You will fall in love with your book over again and it will remind you how in love you are with reading.


Make a movie nightz

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Make yourself a relaxing movie night with popcorn and ice cream and a hot chocolate. It doesn’t matter if you watch a movie you’ve watched more than 100 times, if you try out a new movie or start a new series.

Recently I watched Shadowhunters and it made me want to read The Mortal Instruments series so bad even though I wasn’t in the mood for reading.

Tadaaa! It’s already working!


Choose a book which suits your mood

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This point is so so so important! You shouldn’t read a scary horror story when you rather feel like meeting a new hot book boyfriend. You won’t enjoy the horror story because you’re not in the mood for it.

You will put yourself under pressure and will get unhappy and it will make everything worse.

So, put the horror book away and listen to your heart (you can pick up the horror book for sure if you ARE in mood for it!)


Take your time


I know, I just told you that you should’t put too much pressure on yourself and instead do something else BUT what I mean with this point is that you should fill your free time with everything which makes you feel comfortable while reading.

This could be setting up a comfy and cozy reading spot with blankets and pillows, maybe a hot chocolate or a tea, treats, candles, quiet music etc. Just everything you love and brings you into the mood of reading. Which makes you happy and excited and relaxed.

Plan your reading time and schedule enough time for preparation which is as important as the actual reading.


Set yourself a goal

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Setting goals isn’t just important in work, school, working out or learning something new.   It is als important in reading a book.

If you set yourself a goal, for example that you want to finish three books in November and you plan a little reward for yourself if you accomplish this goal, then you will be so much more motivated and excited about starting and trying out a new book and  who agrees that sometimes you just have to trick yourself. It’s totally fine.


It’s a wrap! You made it to the end! CONGRATS!

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I really had a lot of fun writing this post and I hope it was helpful for some of you. Feel free to leave your feedback right down in the comment section. I would love to hear what you think.

Stay bookish and remember you are amazing!

xo Franziska