10 steps to avoid reading slump/ readers’ block
How you’ve been?
Last month I couldn’t put up a post because I was going through a bad readers’block. I could not concentrate on any written word. I read a great book by Sunil Gangopadhyay and for some unknown reason I was unable to break the spell and enter any other imaginary world!
After recovering from that painful situation I thought of writing this post which might help you too . Because face it! Even the best of us get the reading slumps and here are few things that helped me come out of it.
- Change the genre:
Well, this one helped me a lot. I was reading thriller at a stretch and enjoying it too. but I once i stumbled upon the reading slump, changing the genre to Young Adult actually helped me.
I would suggest to change to something light, speed read so that you don’t have to give too much strength to it.
Young adult romance or fantasy are at rave now and it reads grips you from the first page itself. so I would like to suggest you to try it if you are suffering.
- Take help or suggestion from friends:
Having a friends who loved to read just like us is a blessing to the bookaholics. And you can always ask him/her for suggestion for new read. I bet you will get at least one new read recommendation or even the book if she really loves you 😉 Tried and tested method to start something new to read!
- Visit a bookstore / library / book clubs:
Bookstores are my fairyland! I can hardly come out empty handed from any. So I would suggest you to visit any nearby bookstore or library (a good one!) to check out the new releases or the new top charters to get yourself a change of read. At least browsing through a library or store can give you some idea on what do you actually want to read.
- Look into graphic novels:
Have you tried graphic novels? it’s so fun! Even when I could not pick anything to read properly I completed 2 comic books of TinTin and enjoyed to bits. Comics or graphic novels can be the breath of fresh air you brain needs from the continuous serious reads. Plus you do not have to work you brain to imagine stuff much, everything’s illustrated in front of you.
- Reread the good ol’ favorites:
Trust me, I would give anything to read my childhood favorite tales again. They are evergreen and fresh breath of air mixed with the sweet smell of nostalgia. You mind will get relaxed and that might help you to come out of the block.
- Read the book of the movie adaptation you loved:
You know what helped me to resume the reading binge? Harry potter!! Yes I was late to read it but in my mind I was so in love with the movie characters, I didn’t want to ruin it. But when I could not read anything else, I thought “what the heck! Let’s give it a try!” And any potterhead can understand the rest.
There are many beautiful movies have been made on great books. If you loved the movie, in most of the cases the book is even better. Try it.
- Take a break and research books:
You can actually take a little break from the reading train and do some research instead. Look for the books that had been released recently or check reviews, recommendations. Check out others TBR piles in goodread. That often gives a fair idea about what is trending or what intrigues you the most.
- Change your reading accessories and ambiance:
I have been a fan of collecting cute and quirky stuff. Reading a book is not enough. I need to have a cute bookmark, markers, a nice smelling candle to make the ambiance. You can try to change the regular ambiance or the accessories to perk up your mood to read.
- Read short stories or novellas:
You know many a times, the volume of a book scares you! It happened to me. You could always try some short stories or novellas to change the taste and we already know that there is nothing like a good short story!
- Try audio book or e-book version:
I have a love hate relationship with my kindle. Although i like buying physical books, love to be able to smell them and hold them, sometimes reading in kindle is all I can think of. Because when you are craving to read one certain book, you don’t have to wait for the delivery or go out to buy it. Also you don’t have to flip the pages or switch on the lights to read at bed. I love these factor, not denying. So, reading a eBook or listening to audio book to your commute can actually bring you out of your misery.
Well, that’s all from my side. Let me know what helped you out to come out of the reading slump! Comment and share the post with your poor ‘slumped’ friend.
Until then, B’bye guys!