Stuck in a Rut: The Dreaded Reading Slump Hits

I've been a little quiet on the blog this last week. And that's due in part to the fact that I haven't managed to finish a book ALL WEEK. I normally read 2-5 books a week, depending on length and what else I have going on in my real life. Not getting even one book read? It's a horrible feeling.

It's not that I don't have plenty to read. I'm in the middle of 6 books right now. I seem to be getting to about the 100-150 page mark and then losing interest. I'm in the home stretch of summer, only 1 more week until school starts for the kids, but I just can't seem to finish *anything*. It's really annoying.

I'm reading all kinds of different genres, so I don't think that's it. Maybe I need a reread or a novella to break me out of this funk.  What do you do when a reading slump hits?


  1. I'm there now. Didn't finish one book all weekend. It's now Wednesday and I'm still working on my book of the week. I blame J.A. Saare's the Renfield Syndrome for this-it was just so good everything else seems blah.

  2. When I'm in a slump, I tend to go for "shorter" reads. Category romance, short stories and novellas. When I'm in a slump, it's just harder for me to concentrate on a "longer" read.

    Also, maybe reread a keeper? Or just reread your favorite "parts" of one of your keepers? That might help you get back into the groove.

  3. I'm in a reading slump too. I know I'll get over it eventually. My 5 y.o. started kindergarten today, and anticipating this transition has made me too stressed and preoccupied to read!
    To deal with the slump, sometimes I turn to a favorite comfort read or go to nonfiction for a change.

  4. @A Buckeye Girl Reads,

    It sucks, doesn't it? Especially when it hits right after a fabulous read.


    I think I'm going to try that HKD category and hope it's short enough. Otherwise I might have to break out my old Stephanie Laurens and reread to find the 'seizing lungs.' They always make me smile


    That might be it! My littlest starts kindergarten on Tuesday, and I am a complete wreck. I'm so worried he's not ready. That he won't like school. That I haven't done enough to prepare him. I'm hoping all of my fears are for naught and that I'll be able to get back into the groove next week.

  5. @Amber, I hope things go well for your little one! My son was pretty overwhelmed by his first day. I already have a litany of complaints about the school and public education in general, but I think things will improve as we get used to it!

  6. When a reading slump hits, I go to one of my other hobbies..like knitting. I do that for awhile and suddenly the urge to read hits me and I can't stop again. Although I don't have a lot of reading slumps cause books were forbidden growing up. I devour them now..lol