Book slumps suck and you should read your way out of them.
Book slumps are the worst and I am a firm believer that if you are in a book slump, you can just wait it out, but in case you do want to get out of a slump fast, here are some books that are nice and quick and fluffy, and will definitely get you excited about reading again.
Sidenote: I have previously made a post like this, but it was a long time ago, and I think I would detest some of the books on that list if I read them now, so an updated version was needed. Let’s jump into it!
1. Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
Of course I am gonna recommend you an Emma Mills novel first, who do you think I am? Emma Mills writes wonderful YA contemporaries and I love all of them dearly. If you want a strong focus on small towns/communities and really well-written friendships and characters, Emma Mills is the way to go. If you also like boy bands and MMORPGs and strong female friendships and WONDERFUL family dynamics, then Foolish Hearts is the way to go. This book is quick to read, but it’s also so wonderful and lovely and warm, it’s bound to make you excited about reading again. If you want my review for her first three novels, it’s HERE and also for her latest one, it’s HERE.
2. Die Volume 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans
A great thing for slumps? Graphic novels! They are quick and immersive and not a big commitment which is why they are perfect when reading feels like a chore. My latest obsession is Die, a new comic series from Kieron Gillen. It’s an homage to old school tabletop board games (like DnD) but it also subverts common fantasy game tropes. On top of that, it has Jumanji vibes. The art is stunning, and it’s just a really great series. Plus, there’s only one volume out, so it’s not overwhelming. Highly recommended!
3. Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
And no one is surprised. But this book is the fluffiest, most wonderful read that also manages to tackle some really big themes. It’s a love story, it’s a compulsive read and it will make you feel so hopeful, not only about reading, but also life in general. Also, it’s incredibly funny, so great when reading feels like not fun. Because this book is fun. If you want to know more, my review can be found HERE.
4. From Lukov, With Love by Mariana Zapata
Another great thing for slumps – romances! I can do a whole list solely on good romance novels, but one that I found to be a COMPULSIVE read is From Lukov, With Love. It’s a hate-to-love figure skating romance, and it’s the slowest slow burn in the history of time and it’s SO GOOD. The characters are brilliant and have wonderful chemistry and the book dives into some more complex themes and it’s a perfect read for when nothing else is working, reading-wise.
5. The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
This book is so engaging and it’s completely unique, which is why I think it works great for reading slumps. It’s a genre-bending murder mystery Sci-Fi, that features almost exclusively women as characters. It’s queer and has POC characters and it’s like a cozy murder mystery with time travel. And it’s really refreshing and easy to read and get into and has great pacing. Great for reading slumps. My full review is available HERE.
And that’s an update to my list of books to get you out of a reading slump! What do you think about my picks? What’s your go-to read when you are in a slump? How do you handle reading slumps in general? Tell me all about it!
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