Do you get sick of reading?

January 18, 2016 Discussion 64

Last week I found myself in a really weird mood and I’m not sure how to describe it other than I felt sick of reading. At the time I’d been home from uni for a week and a half and had finished probably 10 books back to back with minimal interruptions. When I got back up to select my next read I just… didn’t particularly want to.

This mood was not a reading slump.

Reading slumps to me are those moods where I can’t for the life of me find a book that grabs my attention. This wasn’t the case last week. I still wanted to read. There were plenty of books I felt like reading, and upon reading the first page they grabbed me quickly. But I sort of just stopped to look at them and just thought “meh”. While there was some desire to read, it wasn’t an intense drive. Eventually I realised the root of the problem.


Since the start of March my life had been study study study. Suddenly with the freedom of finishing exams all I had done was read all day every day. For a brain that has had to focus on a thousand different things every day of the week for months, not having anything important beyond this one task got kind of boring. When I was absorbed in a fast moving, intense book it was fine and I barely noticed. But as soon as I started a lackluster scene or stopped reading I was over it. Staying in my room the entire time probably didn’t help things.

How can one prevent such a terrible feeling?

Fortunately I recovered from this mood a hell of a lot faster than the usual reading slump, using the techniques people usually say work for reading slumps. Some of the things you could do if you ever found yourself in such a mood include:

  • Take a break for a day or two. Go marathon all those TV shows and movies you’ve been dying to see. Catch up with friends. Write a tonne of blog posts.
  • Get out of the house for a little while or change location. It might be the environment you’re sick of and not actual reading.
  • Find a book that grabs you on the first page. Ideally it’ll be fast paced, action packed, and impossible to put down.
  • Change genres! You might be reading books that are more similar than you realise. Completely changing genres could bring you the unique story you’ve been looking for.
  • Listen to the hype. Find a book everyone loves and give it a go! Chances are you’ll enjoy it too, it’s popular for a reason right.
  • Reread an old favourite. Nostalgic feels from revisiting your favourite books can sometimes be enough to reignite the spark.
  • Start a new series. If it hits the right spot you may have found the next lot of books you want to binge read.
  • Just push through it. Sometimes forcing yourself through a terrible mood is the only thing that works.
just do it

Have you ever been tired of reading?

What do you do to postpone this dreaded feeling?


64 Responses to “Do you get sick of reading?”

    • Bec

      Watching shows definitely helps a lot! It’s good to have a little break before pushing through it haha

  1. Lucia @Reading Is My Breathing

    It happened to me only once. Over year and half ago. I just could not be bothered to read and than I relaized that I had been reading adult contemporary romances for too long and they started to bore me so I decided to change genres and switched to YA books. And it helped :) I hope it wont happen to me again, it was a nightmare LOL.

    • Bec

      Too much of one thing does get old. Changing genres within YA is what I normally do haha. Here’s hoping it never happens to us ever again :D

  2. Jen @ The Bookavid

    Reading slumps are the absolute worst. I hardly managed to finish any books this month and it’s slowly driving me insane. The worst is when you’re also coming across books that you end up hating. I just wish I encountered a great read, I’m sure it would get me out of the slump.
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  3. Amanda @ Nellie and Co.

    I completely understand this feeling, I’ve gotten it a lot in the last few months and I’ve found it’s just because I forget I enjoy reading, which sounds odd, but for you, it could be because you’re reading too much. I usually force myself to read, and I find it’s a good decision because I usually love whatever book I choose. Currently I choose a day in the week to read a book and get on it, and it works out fine. This was a great post Bec! :)
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    • Bec

      It was definitely because I was reading too much. If you do anything too much it can start to suck the joy out of it sometimes.

      Thanks :)

  4. Wattle

    I haven’t had a phase like that for a long while (probably since before I started blogging) but I used to not read for months at a time, simply because I didn’t want to. I was well aware there were plenty of interesting books out there, but I didn’t want to read them. It’s weird, I still occasionally get weeks like that, but I get out of them pretty quick (I’ve discovered the best way to do this is to re-read something amazing, once you get past the ‘but I don’t want to read’ thing).
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    • Bec

      It is pretty easy to recover from usually, thankfully. I’m glad they don’t happen too often. Rereading would be a great way to get through it, but I’m always hyperaware about the books I haven’t read yet hahaha

  5. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    It’s totally understandable that after all the studying you do and ALL the reading you did during your break that you got sick of it there^^ You were probably just burned out from all the reading (studies and for fun) That happens to me sometimes too, it’s not a book slump it’s just not feeling reading at all. For me it helps to like go outside, or play video games or just binge watch some shows until the need to read hits me again :) Great tips to get through it all and love the gif usage :D
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    • Bec

      Burn outs are really frustrating haha. I ended up watching some shows and playing a game for a couple of days haha.

    • Bec

      I’ve started to introduce audiobooks to my reading life! They were one of the things that helped me get out of this mood. I listened to at least four haha

  6. Lola

    I know the feeling, although I haven’t had that happen for a long time now. Especially once you have vacation or nothing to do after a time with a lot of work/ studing etc. Then such a mood can suddenly hit you where you are bored and don’t want to read.
    I don’t like it when that happens. Your tips to prevent it are great! Doing another hobby or take a walk for a bit often works for me. Or changing thigns up with what you’re reading can also help, I often try and switch genres so I don’t hit a slump or a mood like that were I don’t feel like reading.
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    • Bec

      I’m glad you haven’t had that for a while! It’s a really annoying mood. Switching genres tends to help the most

  7. Maya @ Suddenly Inundated

    I TOTALLY GET THIS!! It happens to me ALL the time!! Reading drives me insane sometimes, and I just… need some space! Thats why I love blogging! Seeing everyone talking about books and how they are reading so many makes me what to do it too! My brains like, Wow Maya, watcha doin there? Look at all these fabulous people reading all these books, YOU CAN DO IT TOO! Than pow, I can do it again!
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    • Bec

      It really depends on the mood at the time for me on whether pushing through will work for me or not. Sometimes it does sometimes it doesn’t. Doing what you want to do is probably the fail safe method.

  8. Emma

    Have I been bored with reading, I’m not really sure. Definitely a reading slump though, I couldn’t get into anything at all. But I was glad for the break when you do hammer so much in. Great post. :)

  9. ShootingStarsMag

    Yes, sometimes I have been tired of reading. I think just allowing yourself NOT to read for a bit is a good idea. Also, I like the idea of switching locations. Read outside (well, if it’s not freezing) or visit a library or something. Being stuck in a house all the time can really dampen your enthusiasm for anything…even reading.

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    • Bec

      It’s always good to take a break from things or switch it up every now and then. Being stuck in a house can get really depressing after a while.

  10. Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic

    This has definitely happened to me before! It often happens when I read too much in one go, or I’ve been stuck inside the whole day and just want to do something, or go somewhere, different. I generally go for a walk, play with my dogs, talk to friends etc if that feeling strikes. Then I really miss reading and want to read everything again haha! XD
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    • Bec

      That was my problem! Reading too much and being stuck inside all the time. Getting outside helped a lot.

  11. Zeee @ I Heart Romance

    Oh, I’m in that mood now. I feel like I start a book, but then do not finish it, hence, the multiple books on my currently reading list. Right now, I’m sick of YA since I’ve been binge reading that genre for the last couple of months. On the other hand, no histrocial romance novel has caught my attention yet! So sad! :( but I’m hoping to pick up an old favorite and reread it tonight!
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  12. Kelly

    I know that feeling! Rereading something usually works for me (I’m kind of and obsessive rereader though, so that might not be a strategy for everyone). Sometimes it’s great to revisit an old favourite, especially if I think my apathy toward reading stems from not having read anything breathtakingly fantastic in the past month or so (which has happened).
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    • Bec

      Rereading is something I wish I had time to do more often! Though this year I have quite a few rereads planned actually.

  13. Lyra @ Defiantly Deviant

    I have experienced what you have gone through, and I agree with your steps. Most effective for me is reading a favorite book of mine, because that’s a sure way to get those ‘tingly I’m-all-excited!’ feels back. It’s also a good idea to step back, not read for a couple of days, and just do other stuff.

    Great post, Bec, and hopefully you were able to pick up a new book recently! *hugs*
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    • Bec

      Rereading old books does leave you with passionate feelings! So much nostalgia.

      Thanks! I have managed to pick up many great books since I wrote this post :)

  14. Liz @ Out of Coffee, Out of Mind

    Yeah, this happens to me. The first few months of last year were particularly off for me, and I didn’t read a single book (as far as I remember) last November. I was busy doing NaNoWriMo, yes, so I was busy and all, but when I did have a few spare moments to pick up a book, I scrolled through Facebook and Twitter instead. *hangs head* But I’ve definitely found tactics like rereading an old favorite work. I also find making my schedule a little busier is helpful as well. If I have too much time to read, my brain gets bored. But if I’m balancing reading with several other projects, even ones I’ve made up just for the sake of having other projects, my brain kicks back into gear since it was used to multi-tasking during school.

    Thanks for sharing!
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    • Bec

      I am guilty of checking social media instead of reading too >_< It's a habit I'm trying to break. Rereading was something I hesitated at because I felt guilty neglecting other books, but you know what I should just let my brain enjoy some old favourites sometimes. Starting a project was what I wanted to do! But I just couldn't come up with a project to start haha

  15. Soudha Parsan

    Usually, when I’m in a similar mood, I’ll just take a break from reading for a few days, sometimes even a week. We read books and we blog about them too so sometimes, yeah, we can get a little bored with it. It’s always a good idea to pick up something fast-paced for your first book after a slump. If it’s a short book, it’s even better. Big books are the last things I want to pick up after a slump XD
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    • Bec

      Short, fast paced books are great for piquing interest again! Sometimes I’ll just go through books until I find something that grabs me with the first sentence or that my brain is super excited about.

    • Bec

      My gifs are always on point :P

      Taking breaks definitely help! Whether that break is just reading something outside of your usual genres, or doing something completely different to reading for a while.

    • Bec

      After such a stressful time our brains take a while to learn how to do nothing again. It’s such a horrible phase. Hopefully you never feel it again!

  16. peach @ rebelle reads

    Love all of these remedies, especially the occasional genre change. I’ve been in such a heavy reading slump, I think. If I throw a book aside, I literally won’t touch it for weeks. I’ve been reading faster on my Kindle a lot lately. LOL. You can never go wrong with a GIF of Shia. Fab post!
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    • Bec

      You know, changing the medium you’re reading (like you going from book to kindle) is an option I didn’t even think of! That could work just as well.

      haha the Shia gifs are my favourite thing right now.

  17. Sara

    I tend to read during the week and not read on the weekends, so I have a built in ‘time out’ factored into my reading schedule, which has really helped. I actually haven’t had a reading slump since I started doing this!
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    • Bec

      That could help! If you read at the same time every day you could condition yourself. Yay for no slumps!

  18. Geraldine @ Corralling Books

    Yep I know the feeling! For me, it’s usually because I’ve read a FANTASTIC book, and I feel that nothing can be as awesome as that book, or because I’ve read a string of really bad books…I can be a really fussy reader! I love your tips though, they really do work, especially the pushing through it one! :)
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  19. Rachana @ Addicted to YA

    I usually get very tired of reading around the holidays when I have soo much time to read and kind of like you did, end up reading a bunch of books back to back with nothing else in between..THis is about the time when I begin watching copious amounts of TV or YouTube or basically just doing random things that don’t involve reading :P

  20. scar

    I completely agree. This doesn’t happen to me often, but when it does, I find I just need a break. I usually marathon something on Netflix or catch up on old Star Trek episodes, or sometimes I get really into a hobby for a few days instead. And then I’m back to normal and reading every day.

    I think it’s normal for our brains to need a little break sometimes, you know? Especially if you read all the time.
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  21. Amanda

    I had this happen a few years ago, and I didn’t touch a book for 1 1/2 years. At the time, I read at least a book a day for two years before becoming sick of reading, so that could be an explanation. I have found that if I get tired of reading now, I change the reading formats from a physical copy to audio books to ebooks. And as you’ve already mentioned, genre changes. Nothing like a steamy adult PNR to break up the monotony of YA sometimes.
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    • Bec

      That’s a really long break! But honestly I went through a year a little while ago where I barely read anything. Changing genres works really well! Because than you can still read but it’s something different and therefore not so boring

  22. Tatum Rangel

    Thank you for sharing this. I, too, have felt the same way. Perhaps it was that I needed a short break or a change of scenery. I’ll give this a try. :)

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