For those of us who are publicly avid readers, burning through books can begin to feel a bit like a competitive sport. One book a week! One book a day! Books and books and stacks of books and wow, it's crazy, we bleed literature, baby! We pride ourselves on reading like champions. But what happens when we just... can't... get.... to the end of a book? What happens when we hit a wall? Here's how to tackle reading slumps, according to the bookish users of Reddit.
In a world of growing digital literacy, reading tangible books has become an increasingly rare pastime. In a 2016 study, Iris Reading found that the average American read 12 books a year, though that figure was inflated by those of us who are a bit more, uh, voracious. The most reported figure was four books. The year before, in 2015, Pew Research Center found just 72 percent of Americans had read A Book - either part or whole, in any format.
But for those of us who are boosting that reading average, the thought of, like, not reading? It's a bit distressing.
"In several book-related social media and apps, there is a term which readers find utterly horrifying: Reading Slump. It basically means that a reader wants to be able to read and enjoy a book - but, can't," wrote FanofMerricat2018. "How do you handle those phases when no book would speak to you or you notice, you simply can't enjoy books, knowing that it is not the books' fault. In such a situation, do you give up on the book & pick it up again at a later time?"
Redditors have been filing in to share their own tips and tricks for working through whatever block is keeping you from crushing the book game. Check it out, and share your own favorite ways of bustin' up that slump. We can get out of this book-less hole together, my literary pals.