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Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! Don’t forget to head over to That Artsy Reader Girl and join the linkup!

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Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump

For me, the best books to pull you out of a reading slump are ones you have read before and love. Because you know you’ll like them, they don’t present any hurdle to finishing them. There’s also no worry about whether or not you’ll be able to finish, since you already have finished them before.

Another good example of a book type to pull me out of a reading slump are short books. Because of their length, you don’t feel like you spend forever just to read a book. My list will include books that, for me, are generally short comfort reads.

1. Sorcery and Cecilia: Or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Carolyn Stevermer
This is just such a fun read for me that I can slip into reading it any time I feel upset. Reading slumps are upsetting, so this is perfect to get me out of one. Also, because of the letter format of the book, it is one that I can read very quickly.

2. The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey
Another go-to comfort read, though this one takes a bit longer to read. I think it’s because it is a traditional prose format instead of written in letters.

3. pick your favorite Harry Potter book by J.K. Rowling
For me this is The Prisoner of Azkaban. But really, whichever one you enjoy best would be a good choice for fighting a reading slump.

4. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, illustrated by Jules Feiffer
This is a fast and fun read, if you like puns anyway, and it has enjoyable illustrations. Feel free to substitute another illustrated book if you like.

5. the graphic novel of your choice
Again, due to the format, graphic novels are usually read a lot faster than books which are all text. It feels great to be able to up your books read count super quickly just because you picked up a handful of graphic novels at the library.

6. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
It’s an adventure book, and a classic fantasy, but it isn’t as hard to get involved in as some of the multi-volume, super-wordy epic fantasy novels out there. It’s fun, and an easy read, without feeling like it’s talking down to you.

7. Hounded by Kevin Hearne and narrated by Luke Daniels
This is a fun book, but what really makes it great (and a slump-breaker) is the narration.

8. a children’s book that you never read as a child
I recently started Anne of Green Gables (for a first ever reading) and while I wasn’t in a reading slump before that, I think this would have been a great book to save for a slump. But other new children’s books would, too. (I am referring to what is now called middle grade, not YA.) They are written for new readers, so the content isn’t too difficult. And they are fast reads (for an adult at least, though I read fast as a kid too) so you can get the happy feeling of completing a book quickly.

9. Smoke and Mirrors by Tanya Huff
This one is a little bit different than the other books on here. While I love this book, it’s here not because it’s an easy read but because it’s a creepy read. I’ve read it several times before and I know how it ends; but that doesn’t stop me from getting freaked out mid-way through and needing to read the rest of the book RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE I CAN’T SLEEP IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS OR I WILL HAVE NIGHTMARES. Naturally, you can sub in your own favorite creepy book for this, but really? Being afraid to sleep without finishing a book BECAUSE NIGHTMARES is a great way to break a reading slump.

10. a short story anthology
I don’t know about you, but for me short stories are like potato chips. I can’t stop at just one. Because they’re short, the “one more chapter” plea of my youth has turned into a “one more story” allowance of adulthood. And before you know it, you’ve read all the stories in the volume.


Something I found interesting while writing this post… I’ve been using a lot of the same books in my book lists lately. I’m not sure if it’s because the prompts (in the TTTs and in book tags) are too similar, or if I just have these specific books on the brain. I’m going to try really hard to not duplicate these books for a while now, but you can also take my multiple mentions of them to be extra endorsements for them.

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18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump

  1. The Hobbit is on my list as well! It always puts me in a good mood 🙂 Graphic novels/comics are great as well, I went through a bunch when I had a reading slump earlier this year. Great list!

  2. Great list. I agree that children’s books, short stories and graphic novels are great during slumps because you don’t have to invest the same amount of time as you would with something more demanding.

    1. Thanks! That’s always my reasoning when I set aside a longer or more difficult book in favor of reading a children’s book or graphic novel. It often works, too, and I can end up enjoying the longer book more as a result of a break.

        1. It is similar, but also a lot simpler. People refer to The Hobbit as Tolkien’s children’s book, and I think that the writing style is a big part of the reason why.

          1. It shouldn’t be! I’ve read it as an adult too, and still love it. I also know lots of people who read it for the first time as an adult and enjoyed it. It’s just not as challenging as Lord of the Rings.

  3. These are great suggestions! Graphic novels and rereading a favorite are definitely good ways to get out of slump. Thank you!

    1. I also find that short books give me a feeling of accomplishment, and for me feeling like I’m reading and getting nowhere is one of the biggest causes of a reading slump.

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