Top Ten Tuesday: Slump Busters
I have been through a lot of reading slumps. Some have lasted years, some have lasted seasons, but some have only lasted for a few days. When you read as much as I do, you’re bound to run out of energy and be unable to focus at times, but these ten books are ones which have pulled me out of reading slumps immediately.
Non-fiction books are my go-to slump busters, but I know some people can’t stand reading non-fiction and it’s far more likely to put them in a slump! I Call Myself a Feminist is an easily digestible non-fiction book which contains letters from 25 women who call themselves feminists – for a non-fiction book, it’s not very intimidating.
9) The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
The Lottery is one of the best short stories I’ve ever read. It has one hell of a twist, so if you’re struggling to get into stories this is the perfect choice – it’s so intriguing and grabs you by the throat within the first page or two.
8) Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt
I always find the best slump busters are contemporaries, because they’re quick and easy reads which – more often than not – have a happy ending and cheer you up. Unconventional is the perfect book to break a slump which has started after you’ve had an exciting weekend (such as YALC!) because it takes you right back to the convention floor and allows you to relive the fun.
7) Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
I wanted to put a graphic novel on this list, because I think they’re ace slump busters. They aren’t text heavy so they don’t take a lot of concentration, but it’s easy to focus on the story because of the illustrations. Saga is my favourite graphic novel series: the plot is tense, the art is gorgeous and it contains the perfect mix of action and emotion.
6) Meet Cute
Meet Cute is one of the best YA anthologies I’ve read. I always think short story collections are great slump busters, because you can dip in and out, challenging yourself to read just one story at a time. They combine a large amount of great authors, so there’s bound to be at least one story which is exactly to your taste, too! Who knows, if you discover a new favourite you could find yourself reading all of their previous releases.
5) All of This Is True by Lygia Day Penaflor
All of This is True is such a quick read, because it’s told in multiple different formats. There are newspaper articles, video transcripts and diary entries, and they combine together to make this book impossible to put down. I’d planned on reading 100 pages or so and ended up reading the entire book in one sitting!
4) Unboxed by Non Pratt
Unboxed is short – always a great trait when looking for a slump buster – but it packs a serious emotional punch. Written in collaboration with Barrington Stoke, this book is also dyslexia-friendly, so if you’re someone who struggles with reading but still really wants to do it, this book is perfect for you.
3) The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
I wasn’t in a reading slump when I read The Exact Opposite of Okay, but it’s exactly the kind of book that would break me out of a slump. The narrator is so down to earth and realistic that I just want to be her best friend, and it’s such a relatable story that it genuinely felt as though it was written just for me. The next time I’m struggling to read I’m going to reread this – I’m certain it’ll pick me right up.
2) Entangled by Cat Clarke
When I was in secondary school, I thought reading was uncool. I went from reading five or six books every week to reading one book every six months, because I could no longer get absorbed into them. That changed when I read Entangled, which I devoured in one sitting. It didn’t instantly fix my slump but it made me more interested in reading again.
1) A Spoonful of Murder by Robin Stevens
I borrowed A Spoonful of Murder from the library just before I got pregnant, but I didn’t end up reading it until the beginning of June. I hardly read anything in April and was completely unable to concentrate on books in May, but Robin Stevens managed to pull me straight out of my slump and got my reading back on track. The Murder Most Unladylike mysteries are aimed at a slightly younger audience, so the writing style is easy to digest and a lot of fun – it’s impossible not to break a slump with any of these books.
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I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! Are there any books you always turn to to break your slumps?