What do you do when you lose your motivation to read?
It can happen to anyone. You can’t really find anything that sparks your interest…no book covers are catching your eye in the stores. You start half a dozen books only to quit a few chapters into the story.
It’s a listless existence when you lose your bookworm bug 😔 I’ve found myself in such a funk lately and I have a few solutions that are helping me!
1. Read from an author you LOVE!!
Go back to a feel good writer that inspired you and made you want to write something amazing yourself. You know what author I’m talking about. It’s the one that made you stay up for hours turning pages because putting the book down felt wrong or even sacrilegious! I decided to read the third book in the Anne of Green Gables series. *Sigh* L.M. Montgomery is a genius.
Note: A good book cover never hurts when you find yourself in a funk 😉 Don’t believe what they say, a good bookworm always judges a book by its cover 🙊 Check out these AMAZING Anne of Green Gables covers by Jacqui Oakley!
2. Read a feel good story
In general, find something sweet. An easy feel good read that is consumed much like a chick-flick or an episode of Friends on Netflix. It helps if the reviews say it’s funny too 😂. Laughter always makes for a quick read! Couple of options here:
- Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
- Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
3. Read short books!
It’s not rocket science, but it works. Read a book that’s only 150-200 pages long. You’ll feel like your a speed reader, if only for a moment 😉
- The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
- The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
- Unf*ck Yourself by Gary John Bishop
All these books are under 230 pages and they definitely helped get the ball rolling!
4. Read on Audible!
I can’t say enough good things about Audible!! I have read so much more with Audible than I would ever be able to with physical books or e-books. Some say it’s cheating, like it’s not real reading. However, I would argue that listening to an entire plot, keeping up with complex characters, and holding focus is much harder than it appears. 😉 Some studies show it’s good for you to alternate between different kinds of reading. My favorite way to read is to have the physical and audio version and use both simultaneously! It can be expensive but you can always get the book from the library like me! And with Audible, audiobooks aren’t expensive at all!
My favorite audiobooks of all time:
- The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern
- The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
- 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson
I hope these tips and tricks helped you get out of your reading funk! Do you have any suggestions or ideas to break the stop-start-stop reading cycle? Let me know in the comments! Happy reading! 📖