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Let’s Discuss: The Book That Got You Out of a Reading Slump

Sometimes, I think of books as people. (My mind is a dangerous place). And when a book totally saves me from a terrible and long reading slump, I think of it as a White Knight who’s come to save me from misery.

*SWOON* My hero!!

Let’s Discuss: The Book That Got You Out of a Reading Slump

How I felt recently when someone asks me how I liked the last book I read…

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(Sad Jack is Sad)

Questions first:

– When was the last time you experienced a reading slump?
– What helped you get out of our funk? What book was it and how did it kickstart your mind?
– What else helps you get get out of a reading slump?

This topic is very close to my heart. I’m not sure if you noticed, but the last few book reviews have not exactly been glowing.

It’s not that these books were terrible (with maybe one exception…), but not one of them really made me EXCITED and FANGIRLY, you know? None of them left me with that book hangerover-ish feeling that as readers we crave.

But all that’s changed now, because this morning I finished reading I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios. And, wow, you guys. It ROCKED MY WORLD.

I finished the book feeling happy and thankful. Thankful that such great piece of literature exists to capture the hearts and imaginations of avid readers.

So help a reader out – what book saved you from a reading slump?!

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Reading slumps are the worst! And the slump might not even be because of boring books — any kind of big life stress can do that, too. Sometimes I find re-reading old favs is a good way to get over that. This year I hit a couple of slumps, but The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas and The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch get me through.

  • I have totally been there. Finished reading an amazing book series earlier this year and EVERYTHING I tried to read after that was boring and just did not hold my attention. I took some FB requests and Wench was the book that got me out of it. Great book. Also, the AMAZING series that ruined me for other books is the Wayward Pines series. Great trilogy.

  • Mawa Mahima

    Man reading slumps screw with your life. It sucks. BIG TIME. I was in a recent reading slump (I still think I’m going through it) and it has slowed down my reading pace to epic proportions. I feel like I’m trudging through mud. It’s awful. However the book that got me out of the extreme reading slump (that is not reading books for WEEKS!) was She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick. It’s a quick read, really clever, interactive and you learn a thing or two from it (it’s all about coincidences and is crafted like a puzzle…I loved the stimulation for my brain!) and I sort of woke up and thought I want to read books like this one ALL THE TIME. And so the book reading kick started once more! 😀

  • Kara Young Dickinson

    It was Sally Green’s Half Bad. It was just fresh and different. I couldn’t believe I had missed it when it came out. So what it really did was break my complacency and sent me searching for good book blogs — like yours — to get new recommendations. I’ve gotten quite a few good ones from you, so thank you. My Kindle is full and has a nice line up.

  • I had an eight month reading slump caused by The Shining by Stephen King. I didn’t pick up a book the whole time. I though reading was ruined for me. Then I started my blog and I read The Dead Wife’s Handbook by Hannah Beckerman and I was back in love with reading 🙂 Now I know I should just DNF if I hate a book that much, rather than let it kill my passion.