Top 5 Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump

Let’s face it, we all experience reading slumps at one point or another. Sometimes you just can’t bring yourself to dive into another book. At times it’s because you have a book hangover from an amazing book. Other times these things just happen randomly. So, I have compiled a list of books that help me out of my reading slumps.

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling:
    • I think that returning to a well known and well loved world is the easiest way to get back into reading. There’s little thinking that has to be done. But, at the same time the story is rich and vibrant.
  2. Slammed by Colleen Hoover
    • When I’m in a reading slump a really angsty contemporary read is a quick fix. I can throw myself in a story where the characters drive the story. It is much easier for me to get invested since I don’t have to worry about world building.
  3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
    • Along those same line I love cutsy reads. This book was whimsical, adorable, and engrossing. I flew through this book and absolutely adored it. Sometimes I just need a little lighthearted romance to get me through a book hangover.
  4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
    • Along the same lines as Harry Potter, Percy Jackson is like revisiting an old friend.It’s familiar yet enticing. Each time I read this book I find a new aspect that I didn’t notice before.
  5. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
    • This book is a new addition to this list. I just finished it last night. However, I can totally picture myself picking this back up to get me into reading. It was great. We will be doing a group discussion on this book on Saturday, December 17th. So, keep an eye out for it.

What books help you get out of reading slumps?


22 thoughts on “Top 5 Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump

  1. YES HARRY POTTER IS PERFECT. I was in a several month reading slump and decided to marathon the Harry Potter series. It got me out of my reading slump ๐Ÿ˜€ Love that series so much โค



  2. My recent favorite is FILL THE SKY, a great novel by Katherine A. Sherbrooke about three women to take a trip to Ecuador to see if shamans save one of them from terminal cancer… and their lives are all healed in the process.

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  3. cute idea for a post! hm..I’d say one of my favorite books to get me out of reading slump is The Rosie Project. it’s a nice, fluffy read, but has some surprisingly deep life lessons

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  4. Really? A “reading slump” is a real thing? I’ve been reading 57 years โ€“ my dad taught me when I was five years old and my 62nd birthday is next month โ€“ย and I don’t recall a time when I wasn’t jumping from book to book to book with barely a pause. Right now I’m reading three at the same time โ€“ BTW, Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” is THE BEST memoir I’ve ever read, really enjoying it โ€“ and have a long list of books I mean to get to. I’m getting to the age where that list is getting a little daunting. Have a lot of reading to do before I’m finished. Like the poet said, “But at my back I always hear / Time’s winged chariot hurrying near.” I’m beginning to feel like the guy with the sickle is chasing me through the library.

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    1. I would liken my reading slumps to a kind of book hangover. It happens after I’ve read a really good and really emotionally charged book. It takes me some time to recover from the book so it becomes hard to immediately pick up another book. It’s not because I don’t want to read it’s more so that I have a hard time getting into another book. Thanks for the recommendation!


  5. I’m with John above. A reading slump for me would be like an eating slump. There is a condition, though, brought on by reading too much without stopping, it feels a bit like eating three packets of licorice allsorts at one go.

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    1. Like I wrote to John I feel like book hang over. They come at a time after I’ve read an especially taxing book and I am left reeling from it. I’m jealous that you don’t go through these stages. That’s great!


  6. It doesn’t take much to get me out of a reading slump. Revisiting a literary place I’ve been before is a treat, as there is always something new to discover. The Orphan Queen and its sequel, The Mirror King, by Jodi Meadows and the Ascendance trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen are guaranteed to pull anyone out of reading doldrums. Thank you for liking my blog post.

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  7. I love this idea, because the reading slump is real! It’s a terrible feeling when you want to be in the mood to read, but you’re dreading picking up another book that doesn’t capture your interest. I’ve definitely been meaning to give “The Sun is Also a Star” a try. (And HP is a forever deep fandom of mine.)

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