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How to Get Out of a Reading Slump


Over the past few years, there has been a surge in the popularity of reading. In all corners of the internet, there are communities for readers to share, discuss, and rate books. Being sucked into the world of reading is easy, but what’s difficult is staying consistent with it. A common phrase used amongst readers is known as a “reading slump,” in which someone gets lazy or loses interest in continuing to read. Although it seems like you may never pick up a book again, there are ways to get out of this reading plateau.

One of the most draining moments as a reader is coming out of a book that required a lot of brainpower to get through. It’s understandable why one would dread having to go through that again. Except, you don’t have to! One way to get out of a reading slump is to pick up an easy, fast-paced, lighthearted book to read next! It’ll be a nice way for your brain to decompress while still making sure you keep up with your favorite hobby.

A lack of motivation for reading is understandable. That’s why it can be helpful to join a book club! There are many online book clubs you can find on various platforms. However, a book club can also be just two people. Find a friend who also enjoys reading and make plans to read the same book! It’ll be an even more enjoyable read since you’ll be able to discuss characters, plot events, and predictions with someone.

Finding the next book to immerse yourself in can be challenging. To help with this, head to a library or bookstore. You’ll be surrounded by thousands of books and eventually you’ll find one that catches your eye! Plus, you’ll be surrounded by other readers who are sure to have book recommendations for you! A famous bookstore in NYC, and one of the biggest, is the Barnes and Noble in Union Square. You can take a fun day trip alone or with friends and go book shopping. Or, if you’re not feeling like picking up a book at all, it might be fun to try out an audiobook. You can listen to it on the walk to school, while working out, in the car, etc.

Article by: Sophia Megahed-Villeda, Junior

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Sophia Megahed-Villeda, Editor/Reporter
Sophia Megahed-Villeda is a junior at McClancy. She enjoys discussing and learning about current events, which led her to join the school newspaper. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, debate, reading, crocheting, working out, and hanging out with her friends and family.

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