The Usual Cures
1. Don't. Read.
Binge-watch tv shows or movies. Do whatever other hobby you like to do. Whatever it is, just take a small break in reading. Maybe that's all you really need.
Possible side-effects: You may have a hard time returning to your reading mood. Your small break may turn into a much longer one.
2. Reread your favorite book.
Sometimes it's just nice to return to your favorite book world or hang out with the those characters you love so much. This may make you more eager to dive into books on your TBR.
Possible side-effects: If your reading slump is severe, you may not love your favorite book as much as you did the last time you read it. It's not that the book isn't as good--you just aren't in the mood for it.
3. Change it up a bit.
Sometimes you read so much of one genre or type of book and just want something different. Something refreshing. So, branch out into a genre you don't usually read! If you read mostly YA, read an MG, NA, or Adult book. If you usually read something set in a fantasy world or a dystopia society, read something set in the modern world we live in.
Possible side-effects: Trying something new is risky. You may not like it and state of your reading slump may continue as it is or, in some cases, worsen.
4. Return to your favorite genre.
This is similar to rereading your favorite book. Instead of rereading, though, try a different book in the genre that you usually like books in.
5. Read something light and/or short.
Reading something light or short (like a contemporary romance or a novella) can ease you back into the reading mood.
Possible side-effects: The book may be disappointing if you aren't a big fan of lighter or shorter books.
Cures I Don't See Mentioned Often
6. Read your favorite parts in one of your favorite books.
This is my personal favorite! It's like rereading the book, but skipping a bunch of pages. I pick contemporary romances (or other books with my favorite romances) and read over most of the scenes with the couple in it. It's really fun to reread banter between my favorite characters and watch them fall in love all over again.
Possible side-effects: It's possible that it won't cure your reading slump. You may be in the same spot as you were before. From my experience, though, this method usually helps put me in the reading mood at least a little.
7. Reorganize your bookshelf!
Writing this post has made me realize that I do this almost every time I'm in a reading slump. Sometimes it's only a portion of my shelf and other times it's everything. There's just something about sorting through books that I love. It's terribly time consuming, but as I'm moving my books around and piling them up, I think of what I liked about them and then feel like reading again.
Possible side-effects: You may drop a book on your foot or one may fall on your head. Large piles of books could topple over and get scraped up. Proceed with caution when moving your books so neither you or them get hurt.
The Cures I'm Trying for My Slump
This weekend, I tried "Don't. Read" and "Reorganize your bookshelf." On Saturday, I hung out on Goodreads and added a bunch of books to my shelves. On Sunday night, I reorganized all of my books aside from my TBR while watching Netflix (I went through four movies I've read before: Duplex, Mean Girls, White Chicks, and Revenge of the Bridesmaids) and instagramming. I feel like reading some of my favorite parts in a contemporary romance or two, but I may not need to since the beginnings of a slump I had felt have lessened and I actually feel like reading now.
How do you cure a reading slump?