As the summer comes to an end and we are all going back to school during the pandemic, we start to feel like we are running out of time to enjoy reading more. This sudden change might make you fall into what is known as a reading slump.
A reading slump is a situation that occurs when you have so many things that require your time and attention that you are unable to spend it on reading books. There are many ways that reading slumps could occur, and some of them include when you are suddenly overloaded with extracurricular activities or have an increased amount of school and family commitments to deal with.
But worry not, this article will provide you with 10 intriguing and attention-grabbing books that will help you get out of your reading slump.
1. EVERY DAY - DAVID LEVITHAN
Every Day by David Levithan is a romance novel that revolves around 16-year-old Rhiannon who falls in love with 'A', an enigmatic soul who wakes up in a different body every day. Slowly falling in love, Rhiannon and 'A' work together to establish a connection even though they do not know what the next day will bring.
This novel not only has a beautiful and interesting plot but amazing characters and in-depth character development. Even if you were bored by the introduction synopsis, you will most definitely find yourself loving the flow of the story and the unpredictable plot twists. It hooks you in right away and gives you a broad, first-person perspective of the different kinds of personalities Rhiannon encounters through 'A'.
So whenever you have a few minutes, open up the book and see if it's something that will get you out of your reading slump while having loads of fun!!
2. BLOOD OF STARS DUOLOGY - ELIZABETH LIM
The Blood Of Stars Duology consists of Spin The Dawn (book 1), and Unravel The Dusk (book 2). It is one of the most intriguing book series of 2020, and it has a very unique storyline compared to other fantasy books in the industry.
The story is about a girl named Maia Tamarin who aspires to be the greatest tailor in the land. However, when 2 of her brothers die in war, one comes back crippled, and her father becomes very ill, Maia has no choice but to give up on her dreams till she can make ends meet for her family.
This changes when a royal messenger requests her ailing father, a once-renowned tailor in the country, to participate in the Emperor's competition to become a royal tailor. Since neither her father nor her brother can go to the competition, Maia decides to pose as her brother and take her father's place. She is well aware that her life is at risk if she gets discovered, but she is willing to take that risk if she can save her family and achieve her dream.
The book is filled with mystery, in-depth moments of hurt and emotion, and boss girl scenarios that are sure to keep you rooting for the main character throughout. It can definitely help you get out of your reading slump and venture into a whole new type of cultural series.
3. FRANKLY IN LOVE - DAVID YOON
Frankly In Love by David Yoon tells the story of Frank Li who is learning to figure out his identity as a Korean-American and accepting his family and culture for what they are. He lands in a fake relationship that his parents would oppose, but then ends up falling for someone whom he truly loves at heart.
The book is quite fast-paced and well structured, so it doesn't get boring that easily (which would definitely help you get out of that reading slump). It also teaches you amazing lessons about acceptance, toxic and positive relationships as well as appreciating you for who you are. The character of Frank Li is someone every teenager can relate to in their own way, regardless of whether they are of Korean identity or not.
It is the perfect book to get you out of your reading slump and back on track with the books you love. Who knows? Maybe you'll be inspired to read more books of this genre after this one.
4. THE CHAOS WALKING TRILOGY - PATRICK NESS
The Chaos Walking trilogy consists of The Knife Of Never Letting Go (the first book), The Ask And The Answer (the second book), and Monsters Of Men (the final book). It tells the story of a boy named Todd Hewitt who resides in Prentisstown where men can read each other's thoughts (term: noise) and nothing is a secret. Women don't exist as they have been killed by a "plague" that had initially caused the noise. But everything changes after Todd witnesses something he is unable to believe. A girl?
I'll leave the rest to you to find out once you pick up this book to resolve your curiosity. The Chaos Walking Trilogy is perfect for you to get out of that reading slump and pull yourself back up to reading. It could also be a new start to enjoying science fiction books - at least that's how it was for me. So give it a go!!
P.S: For those of you who are Tom Holland fans, The Knife Of Never Letting Go was remade as a movie with him starring as Todd ;)
5. ON THE EDGE OF GONE - CORINNE DUYVIS
The Edge Of Gone by Corinne Duyvis is one of the most exciting books I've ever read. Though it has a slow plot, the steady character development and final resolution are worth all the tension the reader goes through. It would be a marvellous book to explore while in a reading slump as it'll bring you back your enthusiasm for reading and what it's all about.
The story is about Denise (a teenager living far into the future) and her mother and sister who have been assigned a temporary shelter in their hometown the day the comet they've all awaited is set to hit Earth. However, they are unable to find Iris, and Denise's drug-addicted mother isn't in the slightest hurry to reach the shelter in time.
Due to pure luck, Denise and her mother encounter a ship that's scheduled to leave Earth for another world after the comet hits. However, each person on that ship has something they contribute, and Denise is afraid they won't let her and her mother stay if she can't be of enough value.
Unfortunately, to find out what happens, you'll have to read the book yourself! It's constantly entertaining and keeps you on the hook - the perfect way to get out of a reading slump while having a fun time!
6. KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES - SHANNON MESSENGER
The Keeper Of The Lost Cities is a series written by Shannon Messenger that is still ongoing in its ninth book. It's quite a popular book series, so I wouldn't be surprised if you've already read it. However, if you haven't ever heard or read this book before, you've missed out on a great deal of fun and adventure that is sure to get you out of your reading slump and going.
The Keeper Of The Lost Cities tells the story of Sophia Foster, a teenage girl who discovers that her whole life has been a lie so far and she's actually NOT human. Revealing what she is will give quite a lot of the book away, so I won't do that. However, this is a whole new world that you should definitely spend time exploring, and who knows? Maybe you'll reach some conclusions about your life after hopping out of that reading slump you've been stuck in for a while.
P.S: Once you're pretty well into the series, do ensure that you ship the RIGHT couple ;D
7. FIVE FEET APART - BY RACHAEL LIPPINCOTT (WITH MIKKI DAUGHTRY AND TOBIAS IACONIS)
Five Feet Apart is a heart-warming love story about falling in love while fighting for your life. It narrates the tale of two teenagers (Stella Grant and Will Newmen), who suffer from cystic fibrosis but end up falling in love. However, they must avoid close physical contact due to the conditions of their disease which could put their lives at risk.
It's similar to The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and has a beautiful plot with memorable moments of deep emotion. I would definitely recommend it as a book to help you get out of a reading slump and most likely start others similar to it.
P.S: For those who also enjoy seeing a movie after the book, there was a 2019 adaption of Five Feet Apart with Haley Lu Richardson as Stella Grant and Cole Spouse as Will Newman. They've done an amazing job, so be sure to watch the movie after reading the book!
8. FISH IN A TREE - LYNDA MULLALY HUNT
Fish In A Tree is one of the coolest and simplest books I've read in my entire life. In fact, this was the book that got me out of MY reading slump, and I HIGHLY recommend it to you if you're unable to get out of your reading slump.
The book tells the story of a middle-school girl named Ally who is brilliant at art and math but cannot read due to her dyslexia. She feels out of place at school and struggles to fit in. This changes once her old teacher leaves and is replaced by Mr. Daniels. He helps Ally find her strengths and teaches her how to read. He shows her that she has her own skills and different areas of improvement, which makes her unique from everyone else, so she doesn't need to try and fit in when she was born to stand out.
It's not only a beautiful, short story about a girl who finds her powers and strengths, but also about adventuring beyond her comfort zone and taking risks. It's a perfect book to get you out of a reading slump while teaching a lot of life lessons and values.
9. THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR - NICOLA YOON
The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon tells the story of a teenage girl by the name of Natasha, who only believes in reality and not hopeless dreams that will never come true, especially because her family is less than a day away from being deported back to Jamaica. She accidentally ends up meeting Daniel, the perfect son and student who's always trying to live up to his parent's standards, and the two end up falling in love. But with the problems they are both facing, will they be able to last or will everything end for them? Well, it is up to you to find out.
This book (in my opinion) is one of the best to help you get out of a reading slump. It has a nice, structured plot and a very interesting resolution. In the end, I definitely think it led me to read more books of the same genre and it will probably have the same effect on you as well. So pick up that book (or PDF) and give it a shot!
P.S: Once again, this book has a movie starring Yara Shahidi as Natasha and Charles Melton starring as Daniel. So, once you've finished reading the book, you can watch the movie to get a broad visual representation of the story.
10. AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES - JOHN GREEN
Yes, I know what you are thinking. The final book recommendation to get you out of your reading slump is a John Green romance novel, and it is truly a masterpiece.
The book revolves around the story of Colin Singleton, who is an old child prodigy and has been dumped 19 times, all by girls called Katherines. After his recent breakup with Katherine, Colin started developing a theorem known as "The Theorem Of Underlying Katherine Predictability" and he hopes to predict the future of his relationships with this theorem. However, he realizes after going on a trip with his best friend Hassan that such a thing is impossible.
Without any more details, I will simply allow you to find out more about this book after being convinced to read it. It's what I would call an underrated work of genius, and it works very well with getting those who are stuck in reading slumps to get back on track once again. It has worked for me once and I am sure it will work for you as well, so give it a chance.
As we've reached the end of this article, I hope it was of value to you and that you have got some books that you plan to read to help you get out of your reading slump and back to your daily reading routines. And do NOT worry about being disappointed or dissatisfied, because I guarantee you, every book here has its own unique catch to keep you hooked throughout.