Did you know that May is Get Caught Reading Month? But what happens if you are in a reading slump and can't bring yourself to read. How do you celebrate? Well you break your slump, of course, and we're here to tell you how.
How to get out of a reading slump
Everyone hits a slump where you just don’t seem all that interested in reading anymore.
Whether books aren't meeting your reading needs or you're not sure where to turn next, here are some quick and easy tips to try to get out of the slump.
- Change up the genre. We don't mean you have to stop reading your favorite genre. For example, if you are fantasy lover, try one of the subgenres, like Urban Fantasy or Magic Realism. By bouncing around subgenres, you can experience the wide range your favorite genre has to offer, while bringing in just enough new elements to spark your interest.
- Allow yourself to have a Did Not Finish (DNF) list. Do not feel like you have to finish a book just because everyone else loves it. You do not have to like the classics or even the newest hottest trending book. We want you to know it's okay to put down a book. There are millions of wonderful books out their waiting to be read. So move on to the next great read without feeling guilty for not finishing the last one. And if you check out books at the library, you're not even losing money because all the books are free!
- Try e-book scrolling. Having issues focusing? E-book scrolling might be just the ticket for you. Here is how to set up scrolling text for a Kindle:
- Open your Kindle book
- Under the font setting (Aa) you will find four tabs: Font, Layout, Themes, and More.
- Under Layout, below Background Color is at the button for Continuous Scrolling.
- Turning it on allows you to focus on the words without having to advance the text.
- Keep it short and easy. Been out of reading for a while? Then pick up a short book or re-read one of your favorite books. You can even try one of our short story collections, which allow you to read new fiction without committing the time a full-length novel might require.
- Ask a librarian! The York County Public Library has plenty of staff who can help you find a book to snap you out of your slump. You can stop by the library, or you can subscribe to one of our email newsletters, which deliver staff picks and library events right to your inbox!