The dreaded reading slump, otherwise known as that-dark-period-in-my-life. They are the bane of my existence for many reasons, one being I don’t ever want to be not reading books. Reading is my favourite thing in the world. I live for fictional stories. BUT I’ve also had my fair share of non-reading periods or book slumps.
These are a few books that seriously helped me get back into reading.
1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Okay, I know you’re probably rolling your eyes right now. However, I like to consider my pre-reading life to be one giant reading slump. There were so many wasted years when I could have read SO many amazing books. And I even wanted to, I just chose not to – r e a d i n g s l u m p ! I apologize to all those awesome children books I never picked up.
This book itself took me years to actually pick up and read, though once I got past the first page, there was no stopping me. Just like so many others, Harry Potter was the series that made me fall in love with reading. It’s not too late for you if you missed the initial train. I see people of all ages falling in love with those books for the first time even today. There’s nothing like a little magic to change your life for the better.
2. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
This one made me fall in love with young adult books all over again. I had stopped reading for a few years because of university and I didn’t have the urge to pick up anymore young adult books because, for a long time, all the books I read felt exactly the same. The same characters, story lines, love triangles and I could not build up that excitement I once had for reading.
This book is literally like no other young adult book I’ve ever read before. I was skeptical when I picked it up at first, but soon forgot that when I couldn’t put it down. It is such a balanced and well-rounded story, with a touch of all the best things young adult literature has to offer. I was pleasantly surprised.
3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
What can I even say about this book other than – you have to read it! The characters are phenomenal, you won’t be forgetting them anytime soon heart eyes.
Plus, Kaz Brekker can fix anything, including a reading slump.
4. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Sometimes when you find yourself in a reading slump, the best thing to do is go back to your roots. Pick up a book that you read and loved a long time ago. Those same feelings you felt reading it the first time will come flooding back and reignite your passion for books.
The Hobbit is one such book for me. I know that if I am ever feeling discouraged and almost unhappy when it comes to reading, I will definitely be picking this book up. Middle Earth is truly my happy place. I went there so many times while I was growing up I lost count. So it almost makes sense that if I’m feeling homesick, I’ll just go back home.
5. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
If long books put you off of reading or look intimidating try something a little shorter. The Outsiders is a small books but its overflowing with deep emotions, relatable experiences, lovable characters and beautiful writing. It’s a classic and there’s nothing like a good old story to pick you up.
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