Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump


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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

The rules are simple:

  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
  • Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
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  • Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

This week’s topic is Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump.  Ugh, we’ve all been there, although thankfully not very often as far as I’m concerned.  I’ve decided not to provide a list of book suggestions because we all have different likes and dislikes when it comes to reading and, who knows, one of the books I mention might have been the one that put you in the reading slump in the first place!  Instead I’ve come up with some ideas for mixing up your reading that might help you get through your reading slump and out the other side.

  1. Re-read a favourite book and luxuriate in all the things you loved about it the first time.
  2. Re-read a childhood favourite and take yourself back to a time to when every book was a wonderful discovery.
  3. Enjoy a book in a different format than you usually do, such as an audiobook or a graphic novel.
  4. Read a book by a favourite author you know won’t let you down.
  5. Read a short story collection – my experience is there’s sure to be one in there that appeals.
  6. Read an uplifting or humorous book or just something light and fluffy.
  7. Pick a book that’s the opposite of the season you’re currently in. For example, if the heat of summer is getting you down or you’ve read just a few too many books entitled Summer in (Wherever), pick a book set at Christmas or vice versa.
  8. Read a book based on a film you’ve enjoyed or plan to see. I find with fiction that I like to read the book first then see the film, but with non-fiction do it the other way round.
  9. Try a buddy read with a friend so you can share thoughts along the way and benefit from the moral support.
  10. Pick up a short classic that you’ve always meant to read so you can pat yourself on the back afterwards. OK, I’m going to break my rule and give some examples here: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (180 pages), The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (27 pages), The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (182 pages), The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (128 pages).

Next week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic: Back to School/Learning Freebie

12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump

    1. I think you’re right that a reading slump is to some extent a state of mind. Even the best book in the world is going to struggle to please us if we’re feeling stressed by bookish deadlines or our teetering TBR pile!


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