Living in a world where social media reigns supreme and books have taken a backseat to entertainment, it is hard to avoid hitting a slump. Information is so rapidly accessible nowadays that getting through a book could seem like a big feat. Even for those of us who love reading, there are times when you are left in an emotional rut after finishing a particularly good book. It is hard to pick up another story because you feel like you won’t enjoy it as much as your last read. You worry you might never indulge in an immersive novel again. Not to fear! We are here to help you out of this mess. Here are 8 of the best books that will get you out of a reading slump!
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
One of the best ways to get back into reading is to dive into an intense thriller that will leave you wanting more! This is the perfect book to get you back into your reading routine. Gone Girl is filled with twists and turns that will have you going “What?!” all the way to the end. A seemingly perfect marriage is rocked by tragedy when Nick’s beloved wife, Amy goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. Nick quickly becomes a suspect, but nothing seems to be as it appears, Get your thinking cap on because this is a case for your inner detective. You’ll be out of your reading slump in no time! This is one of the best books out there!
2. Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Sometimes all you need to get out of a slump is a good plot. Filled with elements of near death experiences and a man with an insatiable need for vengeance, you won’t be able to put this book down! College friends who once shared an interest in research experience a falling out when one of their experiments goes horribly wrong. Now one of them is out of prison and out for revenge. Which one will prevail? Read to find out!
3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
This story is not only a mystery, but its narrator is an autistic boy who discovers his neighbor’s dead dog in the yard with a pitchfork stuck in its belly. The boy, Christopher, takes it upon himself to solve the crime of who murdered Wellington the dog. In the process, he discovers something about his own life. The writing style makes this story easily accessible and you find yourself identifying with Christopher’s practical point of view. This is definitely a must-read!
4. The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
I know what you’re thinking, how is classical literature supposed to help me out of my reading slump? Isn’t it all dense and hard to understand? The truth is that The Great Gatsby is actually one of the more accessible classics. Star-crossed lovers, betrayal, and the Jazz Age serving as a backdrop making this an enjoyable read. The story of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan is one of the best known around the world. It will make you laugh and cry yourself straight out of a reading slump. Plus, it’s short and sweet. This is a classic for a reason!
5. The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
Reading short stories is a great way to ease yourself back into a reading routine. When you add in the elements of horror and fairytales, you are bound to be devouring one story after the other. Angela Carter’s collection consists of fairytale retellings with a twist. It is the perfect book for fairytale enthusiasts and you are sure to fly through them in no time at all! This is a great way to get the reading ball rolling again.
6. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
What better way to get through a reading slump than laughing your way out of it? Mindy Kaling provides the perfect opportunity to do so through her collection of hilarious essays and meditations on love, friendship, and Hollywood. It’s surprisingly relatable and a foolproof way to get you into reading again. This is definitely one of the best books!
7. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
This incredibly cute story centers around Lara Jean Covey who has written letters to her five crushes meant for her eyes only. One day all of her letters get mailed out and her life’s turned upside down. With an extremely successful movie now streaming on Netflix, this book is all you need in order to discover your love for reading again. This light, fluffy, read is all you need to get over that slump!
8. Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman
If you want to get over a reading slump, how about reading about how much someone loves reading? That is exactly what Anne Fadiman does with this memoir about her love for reading. For all book lovers, it will help you remember why it is that you love reading and it will make you wonder why you ever stopped. It will leave you with a warm, fuzzy, feeling and an itching for your next book! This is one of the best books to help you!