School isn’t everyone’s favorite thing. There’s homework, projects, tests, and no time for reading! Reading slumps are real, and they are a big nuisance for readers. It seems that there isn’t enough time in a day after getting home to enjoy the things you like to do, such as reading. When you do find the time, you may not feel like reading at all. Whether you are in school full or part-time, here are some tips that may help you get out of a reading slump.
Start With Short Books
Let’s face it — if you’re in a slump, reading a fat book is the last thing you should be doing. Start with smaller standalone reads, which won’t take up what little free time you may have. Finishing books also gives a sense of high morale, which can also boost your overall motivation. For some book recommendations, check out this article that highlights some of 2023’s best books.
Try to Keep a Balanced Schedule
A lot of us can have a “go, go, go” attitude, especially in today’s society. If you can help it, it’s important to have a balanced schedule between school, work, and everyday life. If you are purposely filling up your schedule to feel productive and busy, that may not be the best thing for you. At least try and allocate special time in the day for reading. Even if it’s just for a half hour, try to transport yourself to another world for a little time.
Read Your Favorite Genre
When in a slump, it’s probably not the best idea to try a new genre that you might hate. It’s also hard if you have assigned readings for classes that truly bore you. Find a book on your shelf or in a store that’s from your favorite genre you are sure you will love. You don’t want to be dragging through a book that you weren’t sure of in the first place. You may just be a mood reader, and that’s okay!
Find a Book Buddy
Having someone to read the same book as you at the same time is great! You can help motivate each other and share your thoughts on the book you both are reading. You can either dedicate certain chapters to read by a certain date or just read at different paces. If the other person is ahead of you and finds out a crazy plot twist, I bet you’ll be racing to catch up! You can find a real friend who enjoys books or find a buddy on a social media platform.
If you’re in a slump, you don’t have to feel pressured to start reading if you want to do other things. These are steps you can take when you’re ready to pick up a book again, or you can apply some of these tips to other hobbies. Good luck in school!
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