“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives” – Matilda by Roald Dahl
Do you remember the first book or story you read? When I read Matilda for the first time, I was young and had just entered the world of books.
Have you ever thought about how a book can leave such a lasting impression on our lives?
I remember how much I loved attending the English Literature class in school and how it used to make the ‘sleepy me’ so attentive and intrigued.
Some people read books to pass time, while others read books because it makes them live and experience the world through someone else’s eyes.
The worst nightmare for us readers is a reading slump. So, what is it exactly?
What Is A Reading Slump & Why Does It Happen?
A reading slump is not the inability to read. It happens when no story seems to gain our attention and there’s no motivation to read.
No matter how hard you force yourself to read, you just can’t. Every reader goes through it in their lifetime, and it’s completely okay to feel like that.
It can be a nightmare for some readers because they can’t indulge themselves in their favorite activity even though they have free time. Many people read books to reduce stress, so reading slumps might be a little stressful for them.
However, instead of considering reading slumps as an inconvenience, embracing them is a much better option. Not everyone can be a consistent reader. Reading doesn’t have to be a race, everyone needs a break.
Let me tell you what to do in a situation like this.
Focus on other interests
Instead of pushing yourself to read, you can focus on other hobbies or interests that you have.
It will help you divert your attention from reading and focus on other things in your life. Your books are not running away from you.
Re-read your favorite books
Sometimes, when you read too many books in a month, your brain gets a little overwhelmed. In this case, you can always go back and read something you are comfortable with, something you have read a few times already and don’t mind reading again.
Read books from a different genre
When you keep reading books from the same genre, you are going to get bored. When I am in this kind of situation, I switch to reading children’s books. It may sound weird, but yes, it helps!
I pick up Matilda by Roald Dahl or Rusty, the boy from the hills by Ruskin Bond, the books I read when I was a kid. It takes me back to my childhood.
By shifting to a new genre, you can discover new authors and series you never knew before.
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4 Books To Read To Get Out Of A Reading Slump
1. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
“An old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson“.
This book beautifully talks about life and death. The book is about a professor, Morrie Schwartz, who has ALS, and his student, Albom. The main theme of the book centers around what a person can learn about life through death.
2. Remnants of a Separation by Aanchal Malhotra
She travels to different parts of India and Pakistan, ‘Sarad ke uss paar’, to record stories of people that have suffered through the partition.
Remnant of a Separation is a unique attempt to revisit the memory of partition via objects that had been carried across the border. This book consists of 21 short stories and they are not interconnected.
So, even if you are going through a reading slump, you can always choose to not read all of them.
3. Kintsugi: A novel by Anukrti Upadhyay
Kintsugi, just like its name, is a novel about young women and men confused and scared over the blurring line between love and desire, freedom and attachment.
The book follows the lives of the uncertain character as they intersect and diverge, collide and break and join again in mysteriously unexpected ways.
The novel displays an astonishing virtuosity, profound and playful, and emotionally moving as it is gripping at the same time. After all, broken things can be precious too.
4. Roads to Mussoorie by Ruskin Bond
This book pays homage to Mussoorie, the home of Ruskin Bond for more than 40 years. He talks about how the surroundings and people of Mussoorie shaped him as a person.
In the book, he also talks about his days in London and Shimla and his love for movies. The book gives a realistic view of life in the hills.
So, even if you are going through a reading slump, don’t worry. You can always choose books that are a collection of short stories or are light to read. This too will pass, because old habits die hard.
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