The Dreaded Book Slump: Why they happen and how to beat them

The Dreaded book slump

What is a book slump and why do they happen?

Book slumps are kind of like bookworm-purgatory. Basically you can’t bring yourself to read a book.

Like I said: purgatory.

Slumps can be the result of a lot of different things:

  • Finishing a life changing series/book and being too emotionally attached to move on
  • Not wanting to start a new series because *commitment issues*
  • A new season of your favorite series was added to Netflix/Hulu
  • All of your time is not spent watching said season
  • When you are done with said season you are too emotionally attached to move on
  • Basically just emotions… OKAY???
  • Being too indecisive to pick what book to read next
  • Spending 1000000 hours on Goodreads looking at blurbs and still being indecisive
  • Looking at the sheer number of books some people can read and feeling like a failure
  • Making up random excuses why not to pick up a book
  • Picking up books then putting them down before you read a word
  • Saying that you are going to read a book… but not right now because (insert excuse here)

Am I in a book slump?


Most bookworms know that the absolute worst thing in the world is a book slump (seriously, think of something worse. I dare you). But, sometimes, the symptoms can be hard to recognize, and you find yourself asking: am I in a book slump? If that sounds like you, look for these symptoms:

  • Lying around the house bored out of your mind
  • looking at the ever-growing pile of books in the corner of your room
  • feeling dread while looking at that pile
  • thinking to yourself: holy mackerel, how am I ever going to get through that whole pile?
  • Singing randomly at the top of your lungs out of boredom
  • having family members worry about you because of said spontaneous singing
  • taking a shower so you can sing without sounding *quite-so-crazy*
  • Surfing the internet but getting super bored
  • Thinking: reading a book right now would be great, but not picking one up because you’re too bored
  • Screaming into your pillow out of sheer boredom
  • Talking to yourself in the mirror… out of sheer boredom
  • JUST BEING SUPER BORED BUT NOT PICKING UP A BOOK

I could go on and on… but I think you get the point.

Okay so I am in a total slump but WHAT DO I DO?


Getting out of a slump is mostly sheer will-power… and by that I just mean finally getting yourself to pick up a book and then asking yourself the obvious question: Why have I not done this already?

But, because that’s obviously not as easy as it sounds (as I can attest to… on multiple occasions), here are some tips and tricks to beat the book slump:

  • Reread one of your favorite books
  • Except this time try not to be *too* emotional so you can move on when you’re done
  • Talk to another bookworm friend who is going to get you super excited to read a book they just finished and loved
  • Go to the library and check out some new books that you really want to read
  • Create a book-circle in your room and sit in the middle of it
  • Meditate in the circle until the bookish-power-circle inspires you to pick up a book and read
  • Burn book inspired candles
  • Resort to witchcraft and hold a book-circle-séance
  • Run in circles until you are tired enough to not want to do anything but relax and read a good book
  • Try an audiobook!
  • Read some children’s books/MG books that aren’t quite as daunting as the *huge* books you are scared to tackle
  • Join a book club! Check for one at your local library, or find one online
  • Join a fun reading group or challenge
  • Join a Round Robin!!! (Link is to the one I am hosting now)
  • Read out loud to yourself in dramatic voices
  • Read out loud to someone else in dramatic voices
  • USE DRAMATIC VOICES (this also works wonders when trying to read a boring book for English… but that’s a whole other discussion)
  • Try a genre you don’t normally read
  • Put a timer on for 5 minutes and see how many pages of a book you can get through
  • See how many pages you can get through while using your dramatic voices
  • See how many pages you can get through while sitting in the middle of your book circle and using dramatic voices…

Or you know, if none of that works… you can always just wait it out. They always end eventually… right?

How do you know when you are in a book slump? What do you do to get out of it?

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17 thoughts on “The Dreaded Book Slump: Why they happen and how to beat them

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  2. OMG hahaaha – I loved this post so much and the giphys are hilarious!
    I had a my worst reading slump yet in June. For me I think it was caused by having too high expectations for a book which turned out to be absolutely awful (The Circle by Dave Eggers). For me I knew I was in a reading slump because no matter how high my TBR pile was growing I still could not bring myself to read another book until the beginning of July.
    I think reading slumps can happen a lot when we force ourselves to read a book that we are not enjoying just out of the sheer hope that it will “get better” by the end.
    I look forward to reading more from you in the future… Happy Reading Em! 🙂

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    • Haha I’m glad you liked the post!
      Yes I totally agree that forcing yourself to read can start a slump! I was reading a book a little while ago called As I Rise and I had to force myself through it… then it took me a while to pick up another book.
      Can’t wait to see you around more ❤️❤️

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  3. Ooooo the dreaded reading slump! The worst! When I’m slumpish, I like to read middle grade books since they are typically quick reads. When I’m in the throws of a slump, I’ll blog hop, watch booktube, visit a bookstore… things to get me excited for reading again 🙂

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