Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump

I know a lot of people have been struggling at the moment and finding themselves in a bit of a slump with reading. I have been speeding through a crazy amount of books recently (8 this month already!) but I know a lot of people have been going through a bit of a reading slump. I thought that it may be helpful for me to suggest some books that may help you out of a slump.

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

There have been so many amazing reviews of this book and for good reason! The concept of this romance novel is so unique that I had to keep reading to find out what happened and how they ended up meeting each other. The storyline is so lovely and sweet and I was routing for the characters the whole time. It was a great lighthearted rom-com type novel that I couldn’t recommend it enough for those who are struggling to get back into reading.

From Here to You by Jamie McGuire

Personally when in a reading slump I love a high action romance novel. Anything by Jamie McGuire is usually a winner for me as I love the characters that she creates and I love being swept away in their passionate romances. These books are largely based on the characters and their dialogue rather than description and when I am in a reading slump that is just the type of novel I need. If you are going to pick up a Jamie McGuire novel in a series I would recommend reading nearer the start of the series. Although the books stand on their own, I have found the ones nearer the start to be better.

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

If romance novels aren’t your thing I would recommend this book. It has all the ingredients of a great thriller: mystery, excitement and a potentially unreliable narrator. I was in a reading slump when I first read this book and honestly I finished it in one day. It has such a unique concept that I couldn’t put it down because the ending was nothing that I could have predicted. I have not seen much from other bloggers about this novel but I love it and wish I could read it for the first time! It is also free on the Kindle Store at the moment so what is there to lose in trying it?

Noughts and Cross by Malorie Blackman

I am not a fan of YA fiction anymore but for Malorie Blackman I will make an exception. I have not read a book of hers that I have not enjoyed and could honestly recommend them all for when you’re in a reading slump. The Noughts and Crosses series in particular has never left me even though it has been years since I first read it. It is a very important book dealing with racism and in this political climate it has become more important than ever. It is not a light read by any stretch but is really one that you can get your teeth into and is a book with such stunning characterisation that you will finish it in no time and forget all about your reading slump!

You Do You by Sarah Knight

When I am in a reading slump sometimes it helps me to read something completely different to anything I would usually read. Any of the novels by Sarah Knight are a great example of an easy to follow self-development book and something that is different for most fiction-lovers. Her style of writing is straight to the point and usually aided with great flow charts and diagrams to really illustrate her points. I never thought self-development was for me until I read this and it has really helped me to see these types of novels in a different way.

Dead Simple by Peter James

I love the Roy Grace series by Peter James. They are all classic mystery/crime novels based around a detective, Roy Grace. Although the basis of the novel is nothing new they are very well written and are such page turners! Dead Simple is the first book in the series and although the storyline in each novel is not connected, other than by the detective, it is the perfect place to start. This type of crime/mystery is perfect for a reading slump as the plot lines are easy to follow without giving anything away and you have to find out what happens to the characters.

I hate being in a reading slump and can get myself stuck in a rut with them. What helps me the most is a raunchy romance with some great sexual tension but I know that these don’t work for everyone.

I hope this list can give you a guide and some suggestions that may help you out of any reading slump you find yourself in. Different things work for different people but these are just some of the ones that have helped me.

Have you read any of the ones I listed? What helps you to get out of a reading slump? Let me know in the comments.


  1. The Butterfly Garden is one of my favourite books, it is genius (I have read all 4 books in the series β€οΈπŸ“šπŸ‘) Also I adored The Flat Share, I finished The Switch recently too β€οΈβ€οΈπŸ“šπŸ‘


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