Have you ever been reading books then a time comes when you no longer have the courage to pick one? Well, you are not alone. We’ve all been there. That is called reading slump. Today I’m sharing with you helpful tips to get you out of that room.

Reduce the size

Small books motivate and give you the feeling that you will get done quickly. If you have been reading a 200 pages book try reduce to a 100 pages. This will bring you back in the mood.

Change the genre

Were you reading self-help books? How about trying young adults’ fiction for a while? This will chase away the boredom that arises from reading the same thing over and over again.

Read again your favorite

Like Aoife puts it, how much like a comfort blanket does your favorite book feel? If you’re struggling with finding the perfect next read, try going backwards first before you go forward. Revisiting your favorite will surely boost your reading confidence.

Reading shouldn’t be boring. Here are recommended short stories you can read in one sitting:

  • Versus and other stories

This is an anthology by Huza Press. The book explores various themes, diverse characters and ordinary stories of everyday Rwandans going through life. It gives a platform for more stories about Rwanda to be told.

  • The thing around your neck

This book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a collection of short stories. This brief, intimate, heart-wrenching tale of two women taking shelter from violence is sure to stay with you long past the final sentence.

  • The Mark of Cain

By Roxane Gay, this is the story of one woman with two husbands (kind of): the kind man she loves, and the hateful man she’s married to. They are, of course, identical, but she always knows who is who, and she cannot seem to have one without the other.

The mentioned books are available on Amazon. And if you can’t get a hand on them, here are some stories from the internet:

  • Orientation

This is… well… an orientation. You are starting a new office job, and you are being oriented. Of course, as you learn about your office phone and the filing system, you also learn about all the other workers who inhabit this unspeakably dull office space: the ones who have suffered recent tragedies, the ones who are obsessed with penguins, and the ones who are secret serial killers. Read it here.

  • Who we are not

We drink to everything and nothing. We dance to songs we are too old for. We grind against some young boys and girls. We sing badly to songs we don’t really know. We dance on the table. We have fun. We say goodbye. Read it here.

  • Nobody wins

Anything Bikozulu writes always gets my attention. In nobody wins we read about drinking. Alcohol. It starts as a lifestyle thing, a cool guy thing. Going out. Drinking. Cool friends who drink. Stories of late nights in cool clubs. Having a hangover seems so grown up, so accomplished. The drinking becomes worse. You start to cut class then cut whole semesters. Then you’d never go back home… Read the story now

How do you cope with reading slumps? Let me know in the comments.

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  1. Takudzwanashe Ndangana April 28, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    The tips have been helpful😀 thank you for recommending some short stories that l can read❤


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