August 21, 2018

Books to Pull You Out of a Slump

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is books that pull you out of a slump. This is subjective, of course. The books that pull me out of a slump are not the same books that pull you out of a slump. But maybe there are some basic kinds of books that do the trick.

The art of reading

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs - This is the first book I go to when I'm in a reading slump. Usually, a slump is caused by the expectations I have set for myself. I'll decide I NEED to read certain books, and then when it's time to read them I'm not interested, but I feel obligated to read them. So I don't read anything. This book reminds me that it's ok to read what I want, when I want.

So Many Books

So Many Books, So Little Time by Sara Nelson - This is the next book I go to. Both these books are short, so that is another slump busting element. Sometimes just the act of finishing a book makes you want to keep reading. This particular book pulls me out of a slump because it is about a woman reading. This is basically her journal about the books she read during her reading project. She proposed to read a book a week and write about it. It's horribly dated now, but it doesn't matter. Reading about someone reading makes me want to read.

Girl on train

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - This is really just about reading a thriller. They read really fast and usually aren't to taxing, so you finish it quickly, and if it's a good one, you get involved and fall into the story. Mostly, I don't care for thrillers because I like to sleep at night, but sometimes they are good for brain candy.

Uncommon Reader

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett - This is another little book that I reread to get out of a slump. It's a fun little story and it's about reading changing a life. What's not to love!

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - I have found that re-reading a favorite book is a sure-fire way to beat a reading slump. Confession time: I don't always finish it. But reading the book sometimes help me get in a frame of mind to read other books and I can move on.

So those are my slump-busting secrets. What books pull you out of a reading slump?