A reading slump can be a frustrating place to be in. Getting out of the slump can be hard. For some people, rereading favourite books can help to pull them out of the slump. I have a hard time with that, so I’m here with a list of easy reads in a few different genres to hook you back into the pages of a good book.
Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard – If you enjoy The Lord of the Rings books or movies and want more of the same vibes, check out Realm Breaker. It’s a phenomenal start to an epic series that will become a beloved of so many.
Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer – A favourite of mine from my October TBR. If you enjoy rebellion and espionage with a bit of romance to top it off, you’ll love Defy the Night.
The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli – This series is an easy read: fantasy without being heavy. There are three books in the series, with each one focusing on a complex, strong, female heroine. The spiritually and culture in this trilogy are complex and important without being preachy.
Aurora Rising Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – I haven’t read the final book since it isn’t published until November 9th 2021, but the first two were amazing. Not only are they easy reads, but they’re fast. I read each one in a sitting because of their fast pace, high adventure, and high stakes. Science-fiction tends to be daunting and heavy, but this series is easy to understand with a simpler universe to grasp.
Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast – If you’re around on the bookish sides of the internet these days, chances are you’ve heard of Zero Repeat Forever. This young adult sci-fi series is about an alien invasion and a group of teenagers who are stranded at a summer camp when the invasion begins and must learn to navigate this new world. They’re easy to read and they make you want more – especially since there isn’t a third book. Perfect for ending the reading slump.
The Electric Kingdom by David Arnold – This might not be an easy read, but it’s a standalone and it’s incredibly intriguing. It pulls you in and makes you think hard about what in the heck could be happening to the world. It will make you want more – I find anything that ignites questioning opens my mind to choosing a new book.
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig – Standalones are always easy and quick to get through. They have a good chance of making you want more, while making sure that you get to choose a new adventure. House of Salt and Sorrows does this so well. A story of murder and family and trust, it makes you question reality while the heroine loses herself to the paranoia of her sisters dying around her.
Small Favors by Erin A. Craig – This standalone is similar to the above novel, but this story involves an entire town. The family we follow are apiarists – bee caretakers – and provide the honey and sweets to the rest of the town. After many terrorizing and strange events, emotions are running high, and the town is on edge. Small Favors will pull you in and make you crave another mesmerizing story by Craig.
The Starlit Wood edited by Dominik Parisien – Short stories help to end a slump by providing a shorter and bite-sized story instead of attempting an entire novel. The Starlit Wood is a collection of short fairy tale retellings. The mix of familiar and unfamiliar makes it easy to be pulled into the story. A trip through The Starlit Wood would do anyone good to end a slump and begin new adventures.
Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince – Another easy way to get back into reading is through graphic novels (or comic books!). I read Tomboy during a women’s memoir class in university. Memoirs are rising in popularity because of our want to see into the lives of others. I love them, though I never thought I would. This memoir is written in the form of a graphic novel, which makes it so easy to digest and understand while being a super quick read. Ending your reading slump is easy when you mix the words you want to read with the artwork that helps bring them to life.
What are the books that have helped you out of a reading slump? Let me know in the comments below!
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