Hey there! Yep, we’re talking about the elephant in every reader’s room: The Reader’s Block.
Chances are you’re either in that phase right now, or you’re totally fine, but are fearing the inevitable. Reader’s block holds us back from reading entirely, as if a mental wall just sprung out of nowhere. Quick reminder: it will eventually pass, as usual.
When my reader friends and I complain to each other about lack of motivation, it feels like we all understand each other, which is why I think it’s so important to talk about reader’s block within the reading community. It is a reminder that we all go through the same thing. Hopefully, these suggestions for how to deal with that dull block could rekindle your passion for reading again.
1. Explore a New Genre
Honestly, who hasn’t noticed repetitive themes in specific genres? You might have been reading too many fantasy or sci-fi novels in a row and now you’re burnt out. Try something new and grab a book from a genre you don’t usually read...maybe a comedy like An Abundance of Katherines by John Green or a short romance novel like Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Maybe even indulge in a beloved children’s classic, like The Little Prince, which has the unique writing style of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; one of the few books that anyone who would read would completely adore.
2. Try Different Reading Formats
If you already have a book you want to read and it’s been on your shelf for a while but you just can’t seem to start; a great alternative is looking up the audiobook version and trying it out to see if you prefer listening instead. You can also download it as an E-Book and read it whenever you’re free instead of scrolling through different apps. It could be the other way around too. Sometimes; we just need to sit down and turn those pages ourselves (or smell them) while getting lost between written lines.
I can’t count how many times I postponed reading due to technology, laziness, or social media. Before I know it, my day off is wasted. Try limiting your internet use if you truly want to get back to old-school reading. Your reader’s block might be your brain yearning for a break from the digital world.
4. Revisit a Favorite
I love this method the most because it reminds me of why I love reading in the first place. Revisiting themes that you know you’ve been inspired by before will make you more excited to read new material. Some people aren’t fans of re-reading books, but if you’re one of those who have favorites you like to visit every once in a while, without a doubt, you’ll fall in love with reading again. It never feels like a chore if you know you’re reading something you’ll enjoy again. You don’t even have to be reading the whole book from start to finish; you might remember special chapters that captured your heart and the gears in your head will get going again.
In the end, we’ve all chosen to fall into the unique rabbit hole that is the reading world, hoping to keep falling deeper and picking up new favourites along the way. Everybody’s timing is different, so don’t be discouraged when you face a little setback every now and then. Looking at it differently, the book that gets you back into reading after a long break is the book that you’ll remember the most.
What do you think?
Did this give you some ideas for the future? Do you have certain techniques that get you out of reading slumps? Share your secrets in the comments!