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Overcoming Reading Slumps

Personally, reading slumps happen to me when I start reading a book that doesn’t engross me completely, and I put off reading it because I dislike being bored. So, I end up not reading at all.

I started reading Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald in July, and although the writing is beautiful and the storyline itself is interesting (time traveling, romance, history—seriously, what’s not to like?), I have not read past the first few chapters. And since I also dislike not finishing a book (I feel as if I’ve somehow failed—ridiculous, I know), this reading slump attitude becomes a recurring cycle, which hinders my reading. Send help!

I’m also one of those people who will not read more than one book at a time. I had to do it in college, and in graduate school, and I find that focusing my energy and time on one story alone allows me to enjoy it more deeply. But I’m starting to think maybe I should give reading multiple books at a time a try.  Should I?

Anyway, I don’t really have an answer as to how to overcome a reading slump, but some things that have worked for me in the past are:

1). Put the book aside and read a short story 

2). Pick up a short book from a different genre

3). Push through the boredom of the book (most of the time, this one never works)

How do you overcome a reading slump? Do you mind not finishing a book you’re not enjoying? Do you read multiple books at a time? 

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8 thoughts on “Overcoming Reading Slumps

  1. Is there something uninteresting about the section of the story you’re currently in? I’ve read several books that had boring sections among very good pages over all. Some books aren’t page turners from beginning to end. I had a hard time getting through the first couple of chapters of CS Lewis’s Narnia series. Sort of drags for a bit. But once I was past that, I could hardly put it down. You just have to decide whether the story over all is worth the time and effort.

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  2. I think if I struggle with a book I tend to skim read some of it and see if it grabs me a bit further along. At least that way I do finish the book. I’m normally a one book person. But have just found pigeonhole where you can get to read specific books with other people and I ha e enjoyed that as you comment as you go through. Plus you only get one stage a day so it helps break the book down into chunks so allows me to read another book in my pile of ARC but also to read whatever I have picked out of their selection.

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    1. Reading with others is a good idea as well! I’ve only done it a few times though. And yes, I should probably skim instead of not finishing the books 😂

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