Ahh the reading slump. It happens to us all at some point or another. There are different reading slumps: a book hangover, which happens after you finish a really good book that you hated to see end or a slump when you can’t find anything that captures your interest. Part one of this two part series will focus on getting over a book hangover.
My first book hangover this year happened after finishing The Cruel Prince. I was riding such a high from that book, but nothing I picked up after could compare to The Cruel Prince. The second book hangover recently happened to me after finishing The Anomaly at the beginning of October. I am still feeling the effects of that book hangover. I have only read two books since then, and both were three star reads.
Here are a few tips for when you are experiencing the book hangover.
1. Try a different genre.
After The Cruel Prince, I had to switch from YA fantasy completely for several books. I picked up an adult mystery next and then a YA paranormal and then a YA dystopian. All of those books were mediocre reads until I picked up a YA contemporary, which I never read before. But suddenly, I was flying through the book and completely enjoying the story.
2. Try another book by the same author or in the same genre.
Sometimes the only cure is to feed the fever. If you loved the author’s writing, maybe try picking up another one of the author’s books. If you were in love with the story, seek out some recommendations from your local library or bookish community to see what other readers enjoyed.
3. Choose a highly anticipated book from your TBR.
When you are having trouble recovering from a 5 star book that blew you away, it might be time to go to your TBR and pick out a book that you have been wanting to read for awhile but keep putting off.
4. Re-read the book.
I’ve only done this once, and it was with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I had such a hangover when I finished that book at 5 am the night it was released. After catching up on some sleep, I immediately began a re-read of the book.
5. Take a reading break.
GASP. Did I really just say “reading” and “break” in the same sentence? Yup! Sometimes you just need to take a step back from reading if you are having trouble recovering from a really good book. I find I have to do this alot more with TV shows than books, but it really helps. Take a few days or a week off from reading. Then revisit your shelves and see what catches your eye!
What are some of your book slump remedies? Let me know in the comments, and make sure you subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss part two of this series next week!