Slump-busting Books

8 Mar 2020

the northern lights by Philip Pulman UK edition with ace & tate pink glasses
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I so easily get into a reading slump - it takes one bad read and a hint of demotivation to stop me reaching for my book daily. But, I've found some fail-safe books and genres that can really help restore my reading mojo quickly and also helping to boost my reading challenge for the year and catch up on all the books I missed while in a slump. So, here are some books help you beat the reading slump!

Graphic Novels 

Some people may class this as cheating but I tell those people to ssshh! Graphic novels are such a great quick-read but, that doesn't stop it being a great story with gripping storylines. Having something like this to quickly perk me up is exactly what I need to be able to delve into a longer read next. 


To me, poetry can be quite inspiring and even more moving than longer books so, it's great for me to reach for a small collection when I'm not feeling like a novel straight away. Maybe a modern read like Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is a great pick or even some Sylvia Plath poetry is always a nice read for something that I end up reading a lot more into and can inspire me to pick up some classics.

Shorter Books

Obviously, shorter books are great quick reads but it takes a good short book to make me want to continue reading after I've finished. Whether it's a little penguin classic, a 100-page story or a short story from a collection, these can really help open me up to some new genres as well as helping get out of my reading slump. This is exactly what Mr Salary by Sally Rooney did as well as The End We Start From by Megan Hunter and The Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Re-read a favourite

Sometimes what you need is a bit of familiarity. I find, especially if I've tried(and slightly failed) to delve into a new genre, what I need is my favourite book to pull me back to where I need to be. As my favourite book is Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley, that's what I'd pick up. It's been a favourite for years now and I've even written a review of Where Things Come back many years ago (in 2015!!) if you want a look at what it's all about.

Easy Reads

Not every book you read has to have super compelling and a really unique storyline. Sometimes a simple young-adult story, coming of age or a feel-good romance is exactly what I need - a simple story but great nonetheless. The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory was the perfect book for this, as well as Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

So, these are some recommendations of some great books to help you out of your reading slump as well as help boost your year's reading list. 

What are some of your slump-busting books? Let me know your favourites!

Hope you're doing great, 
Sarah x

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