Five Tips on How to Get Out of a Book Slump

Every now and then I feel like bringing this post back. Today I’m mostly doing it because I’m in a book slump now… Anyway, here is my list of tips to get out of that dreaded book slump!

1: Try to find a book that resembles the one you just finished!

Say you’ve just read an epic fantasy novel with magic and dragons. Diving into a science fiction with space battles is probably not going to make your book slump go away. For me it helps if I gradually step out of the world I just came from, so I would choose another fantasy book to read!

2: Find recommendations!

This tip kind of resembles the first one, but sometimes you just don’t know what to read at all. In that case you could reach out to fellow booklovers for recommendations! If you have a go-to bookstore in your area, chances are that the employees can help you find your next read. Us booksellers pride ourselves in recommending your next favorite read! Also, the next time you order books online, check out the “others viewed this as well” section, you might be surprised!

3: Reread your favorite book!

Sometimes you just need to go back to something familiar. I love reading one of my old favorites when I’m in a slump. It’s strangely relaxing to read something you already know. My go-to reread when I’m in a slump is Harry Potter. The first book is small and can easily be read in a few hours. After reading that I’m usually ready to dive in another book!

4: Reread what you just read!

This one sounds a little odd, but one time when I finished a really good book and I didn’t want to move on, so I read it again. I didn’t have to focus so much on keeping up with the story, either. This gave me enough time to ponder what I was in the mood for next. I didn’t even make it to the end of my reread because by then I had already figured out what I wanted to read next!

5: Sometimes you just need a break

I’ll admit, sometimes reading something else just doesn’t work. In that case, it is best in my view to do something else for a while! Try catching up with your shows on Netflix, paint that scene you’ve been wanting to paint since forever. It’s okay to take a break from reading once in a while. Reading should be fun, and when you pressure yourself to read so much it’ll seem more and more like a task instead of a way to relax. And if you still feel stressed, maybe check out my post about how to have a stress free reading year!

And there we have it! I always find that rereading a favorite works very well for me. Do let me know if you have any other tips to break out of your book slump!


  1. May 5, 2020 / 8:36 am

    Always a great and timely post. Someone is always dealing with a reading slump. Audibles can also be very helpful with a reading slump!

    • simonevanheijst
      May 5, 2020 / 9:32 am

      Ooh I really need to get more into audiobooks! I bet they really do help, because you don’t have to put in the effort of reading😂

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