Sometimes all the ‘how to get out of a reading slump’ tips don’t work, and that’s ok

Four books on the go

I’ve been stuck in a bit of a reading rut for most of 2016 so far. That’s not to say I haven’t read some great books though, but I’ve struggled to find time to really get into books.

At the time of writing this, I have four books on the go:

  • Allegiant Collector’s Edition – Veronica Roth: I’ve been reading this since it came out in October, and I’m pretty sure I’ve not finished it yet because of the ending.
  • Glass Sword – Victoria Aveyard: I’m over half way through this and really enjoying it, but meh, the reading rut.
  • Carry On – Rainbow Rowell: if anyone can bring me out of a reading rut, it’s Rainbow Rowell, so I started this in the hope it would pull me out.
  • Wild Swans – Jessica Spotswood

There are thousands and thousands of blog posts floating about sharing tips on how to get out of a reading rut. But sometimes, all the tips in the world don’t work and you just need to give it time.

I keep scrolling through Instagram (shameless plug, you can find me here @eatreadglam) and getting all excited about people’s enthusiasm for something they’ve just read, or something they’re about to read, and wishing I felt the same. That said, I am having a hard time not buying A Court of Mist and Fury right now BECAUSE IT LOOKS SO BEAUTIFUL AND SURELY BEAUTIFUL BOOKS WILL PULL ME OUTTA THIS FUNK. RIGHT?

WRONG. The reason I’m stuck in a reading rut is because I’ve got so much going on with university and my job. I have never been one of those people who can steal five minutes with a book here and there. I’m one of those people who gets fully invested and sucked in and will not be moved from the sofa for at least an hour, and finding a spare hour feels increasingly hard at the moment.

There’s no point forcing it because I know I won’t enjoy what I’m reading if I do that, and my second year is almost at an end, so I’ll have time to read over the summer.

Sometimes, you have to ignore all the tips and just wait; just wait until you get that time when the house is quiet, there’s nothing gnawing at the back of your mind reminding you to do something, and you can relax and fall into someone else’s head.



  • I completely agree that when I am in a reading rut it’s to do with what’s going on in my life outside of books; stress at work meaning I’m too tired to focus on a book after leaving the office and that kind of thing. I’m not a steal five minutes kind of reader either; although I am happy with half an hour.

  • I agree 100%. I’m just like you: I can’t read for five minutes here and there either, I need to have some time ahead. x

  • Cat

    Have you tried audiobooks at all? I find that they’re massively helpful when I don’t have time to lay around on the couch, because I can “read” a book while washing the dishes, driving, etc. Depending on the narrator, they can be dramatized to be even more enjoyable!

  • So true. Sometimes for me, it’s as simple as putting down the book I keep trying to get through and picking up a completely different kind of book. Usually self-help or something similar to inspire me. That seems to help.

  • carlyvanwatts

    I fully relate to this, there’s absolutely no point forcing it and if you aren’t in the mood to read properly you just won’t get as much out of it anyway. I only like to read a book if I have enough time to devote to it, I don’t like reading just a few pages at a time! xxx