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How to Get Out of a Reading Slump

Updated: May 3, 2022

by Chelsea Plunkett

No matter how hard you try to avoid it, every reader will fall into a reading slump at some point or another.

It can be a nightmare to walk into the library and find nothing to read, scroll through endless pages of recommended books on Goodreads, or open a new book but not get past the first few pages without losing interest.

Luckily, there are many ways to pull yourself out of a reading slump, starting with giving the power of choice to someone else.

If you're having trouble picking something out yourself, joining a book club might help. Traditionally in book clubs, a group of readers meet monthly to discuss the book they've chosen to read that month collectively. Point Loma High has its book club in room 871 on Tuesdays at lunch, with Ms. Vensand as their staff advisor if you're interested.

Another great way to get back into reading is to re-read a favorite or nostalgic book. Reading something you already know might remind you of how great reading is and inspire you to read more.

It can often feel unmotivating to continue reading something that looks or feels like it'll never end - like textbook reading for your history class. The last way to get out of a reading slump is to read a short or fast-paced book. Something fast-paced will keep you engaged and help you finish the book more quickly than a book that drags the plot into never-ending chapters of nothingness.

Being in a reading slump is nothing to be embarrassed about. Especially with new advancements in technology like cell phones and social media, many people have lost their passion for reading and the desire to step away from the virtual world to get lost in a book. But taking the time to find alternative ways to get back into reading is especially rewarding… who knows, you might even find your new favorite book!


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