So, you’ve hit your reading slump huh? Well, we all know the feeling. The want to pick up a book is just not there and you find yourself listlessly flicking through pages that just don’t hold your attention. It can be really frustrating at times and in all honesty, I thought a reading slump would never hit me until one day, it did. In fact, one slump lasted two months before I could bring myself to pick up another book!
Rest assured though, as reading slumps can be broken. I find the best way to get back to reading is to find something you love; a genre/author/trope, whatever you fancy but it must be something you can get lost in. Alternatively, you can try picking up something super lighthearted which you’ll fly through just to break the back of this pesky slump. I tend to opt for the latter and I have compiled 5 books which have helped me breaks slumps previously and ones I would recommend for short and sweet hits. You can see the list of 5 books to get you out of a reading slump below.
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Angus, things and full-frontal snogging by Louise Rennison.
There are six things very wrong with my life:
- I have one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head but lurk in a red way for the next two years.
- It is on my nose
- I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed somewhere in my room.
- In fourteen days the summer hols will be over and then it will be back to Stalag 14 and Oberfuhrer Frau Simpson and her bunch of sadistic teachers.
- I am very ugly and need to go into an ugly home.
- I went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive.
Okay I’ll hold my hands up here – I would absolutely recommend the whole set by Louise Rennison, not just the first book but I’m going to class the set as one just for this post! You may have heard of the film by the same name (with some slight tweaks to make it PC). In true movie adaptation style, this one fell short of the book. And I mean, very short. So I would strongly suggest you absolutely disregard the film and look at these with fresh eyes. I read these back in my mid-late teens and I can honestly say, they are still some of the funniest books I have ever read. In fact, I lent these to my mother who also enjoyed every single one and we would sit and talk about the moments we found the most heart-warming. Louise Rennison has done a fabulous job of bringing teenage angst and social development to light with warmth, humility and just down-right snorting laughter. There was a lot of snorting laughs with these!
MY RATING: ★ ★ ★
Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims.
It is Mummy’s 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel at a future of people asking if she wants to come to their yoga class, and book clubs, where everyone is wearing statement scarves and they are all ‘tiddly’ after a glass of Pinot Grigio. But Mummy does not want to go quietly into that good night of women with sensible haircuts who ‘live for their children’, boasting about Boy Child and Girl Child’s achievements. Instead, she clutches a large glass of wine, muttering FML over and over, and then remembers the gem of an idea she’s had…
Looking for contemporary fiction, chick lit and a very open look at parenting? Well Gill Sims has you covered.
‘Why Mummy Drinks’ is wonderfully witty, brash and honest take on modern parenting and relationships. This book will have you howling with laughter, spotting yourself or family members in the characters and saying out loud ‘oh my goodness, I would do that too!”. Sims’ writing style is one I really enjoyed and this is carried over to her Facebook & Instagram accounts so you are totally immersed in Sims’ life. The other selling point of this book, and one that I absolutely could not get away without mentioning as Marnie is now watching me very closely whilst I type, the fabulous character of the Border Terrier, ‘Judgy Dog’. The relationship between both ‘Mummy’ and ‘Judgy Dog’ really had me in fits of giggles… Spotting a theme here? Trust me, this book won’t disappoint.
Note: this is part of a set but it is a fabulous standalone book so don’t worry, you won’t need to read the others to understand the premise of this story. However, if you enjoy this book (as I’m sure you will), be prpepared to end up collecting the rest!
MY RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George RR Martin.
A century before A Game of Thrones, two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros…
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R.R. Martin’s ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire.
Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne there was Dunk and Egg. Set in an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living memory. A young, naïve but courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals – in stature if not experience. Tagging along with him is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg – whose true identity must be hidden from all he and Dunk encounter: for in reality he is Aegon Targaryen, and one day he will be king. Improbable heroes though they be, great destinies lie ahead for Dunk and Egg; as do powerful foes, royal intrigue, and outrageous exploits.
Throwing a curve ball out here with a fantasy book because we all know my love of fantasy still reigns supreme.
‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’ is a compilation of three short stories based on the characters, Dunk & Egg. In typical GRRM style, we are enveloped into a gloriously descriptive world all of which is accompanied by some lovely illustrations by Gary Gianni. I would suggest that you have an understanding of GRRM’s A Song of Ice & Fire, as you may find this a little tricky to follow if you come at this cold. Saying that, I do still think this is a great book to get into the GoT world, as it is a brilliant base for world-building. GRRM has done a great job of building a heart-warming relationship between the two leads. As these stories are short, they move along quite quickly which as we all know, GRRM isn’t necessarily famous for! I like GRRM’s writing style but if you aren’t one for descriptive prose coupled with heavy white-male leads, that is very typical of older male fantasy authors, then I would maybe skip this one!
MY RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★
The Keeper of Stories by Sally Page.
She can’t recall what started her collection. Maybe it was in a fragment of conversation overheard as she cleaned a sink? Before long (as she dusted a sitting room or defrosted a fridge) she noticed people were telling her their stories. Perhaps they always had done, but now it is different, now the stories are reaching out to her and she gathers them to her…
When Janice starts cleaning for Mrs B – a shrewd and tricksy woman in her nineties – she meets someone who wants to hear her story. But Janice is clear: she is the keeper of stories, she doesn’t have a story to tell. At least, not one she can share.
Mrs B is no fool and knows there is more to Janice than meets the eye. What is she hiding? After all, doesn’t everyone have a story to tell?
I picked up ‘A Keeper of Stories’ after hitting a reading slump earlier this year and it is definitely one I would recommended again. I have actually lent out my copy to a friend who has also hit a reading slump at the moment – it’s not all words I promise! Page’s novel is a ‘short and sweet’ read with an unexpected twist thrown in. This book has everything from laugh out loud moments to a few held breath ones. I particularly enjoyed the relationship between our lead, Jane, and a secondary character who happened to be a very sweary Fox Terrier. 1) because Dog, obviously, and 2) because these moments were quite relatable and really helped hive this book some decompression from being a little too heavy. Read my full review of this book here and let me know what you think!
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
TRIGGER WARNING: SUICIDE
I know I know. This is another that is technically part of a set but I just can’t help myself!
Me Before You is romance through and through. Definitely get your tissues at the ready for this one as this story does tackle some rather difficult topics and I would typically suggest something that I’ve had to state a TW on however, this book really is something not to be missed. Heart-breaking but yet heart warming, Me Before You is perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. If you’ve seen the movie but not read the book, I implore you to do so. Whilst Emilia Clarke & Sam Claflin give an outstanding performance, there is something about the way JoJo Moyes writes which is utterly captivating.
I read this novel as a standalone and have yet to read the rest so again, if you would prefer a standalone to get break your slump, try this.
MY RATING: ★ ★ ★
So there you have it. 5 books which I have used to break reading slumps.
What would you recommend for getting out of your reading slump?
Let me know in the comments or in an email!
Love, H x