Books to Read to Break Your Reading Slump

Posted April 20, 2020 by Thirty-Something Angie in Lifestyle / 0 Comments

books to read if you want to break a reading slump

Looking for some new books to read this year? Check out this list of books that got me out of my reading slump and back to flipping pages.

One of my goals for 2020 was to start reading more. Growing up, I was a huge reader, and I remained a book lover until I started having kids. It seems like the older I’ve gotten, the fewer books I read, and the more screen time I get. Between binge-watching Netflix and scrolling social media, mindless entertainment was winning my brain power every single time.

I miss reading, though, and so this year I decided to cut my screen time and make it a point to read more.

If you’re in the same boat (or even if you just want some new suggestions) check out this list of books to read that got me out of a reading slump!

Books to Read to End Your Reading Slump

I’ve tried off and on for several years now to start reading again, but for some reason, it never really took off. I got on a pretty big personal development kick last year, so I read a lot of those, but I never made time to read for fun.

This year, that was my goal. I wanted to enjoy good books again without any other agenda than to just enjoy them.

And, so, I started collecting recommendations from friends and from Goodreads, scoured my bookshelves for books I hadn’t read, and built my to-read stack.

The books listed here are the ones that got me to enjoy reading again. They are all page-turners in their own way, and made reading fun again. Check them out, and grab one next time you need something new to read!

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Where Did You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

This was my first book of 2020, and amazingly, I read it in about a week. It’s written in a way that’s really easy to read, and hooks you fast. It was really easy to get attached to the characters and want the best for all of them.

It’s about a brilliant shut-in who just vanishes one day, leaving her family to piece together her whereabouts. Her teenage daughter does just that, by looking through emails, texts, newspaper articles, and credit cards to find her. In the process, she reveals some of her mother’s secrets and learns more about her past, and how she became a shut-in. If you’re looking for a quick, interesting read to really give you motivation for another book, this one’s it!

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

I found this book through a reading group I’m in. Someone posted it as an Amazon deal, so I was able to snag it on Kindle for almost nothing. I’d never heard of the book or the author, but I figured at that price, there was nothing to lose.

Ya’ll. It was the cutest book I’ve read in a long while. Nina is a book lover, a cat lover, and a planner nerd, just like me. She also happens to be an introvert and really like her life. Also just like me. Her life is perfect, until she discovers this whole family she never knew about, and suddenly, she finds herself having to come out of her shell and let new people in her life.

I related to Nina so much when I read this book, and was so sad when it ended, because I wanted more.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks

I went into this book with literally no idea what I was getting myself into. I didn’t read the back cover or learn anything about the book. A friend had posted it on Facebook, and I thought it looked interesting, so I started reading it.

Honestly, I’m so glad I went into it with no idea what it was about. It took a minute to get into, but once I did, I was hooked. I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll stick with this, from the synopsis:

“When you read this book, you will make many assumptions…assume nothing.”

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

This book definitely took longer to get into than any of the other books I’ve read this year, and it took me longer to read. I’m still adding it to this list, though, because I think it’s a great picture of the human condition.

You start out not really liking Ove. He’s a grumpy old man who doesn’t like anyone or anything. But gradually, the author lets you into his life. By the end of this book, I’d laughed, cried, and fallen a little in love with the characters (including Ove).

If you’re looking for a book that’ll get you all in your feelings, this is the one I’d recommend.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Ok, if I’m being honest, I actually read this one years ago when I went on not only a huge Kristin Hannah kick, but also a historical fiction kick.

Still, I wanted to round out my list, and while I’ve read more this year, nothing really stood out to me as a book I’d read to get out of a slump. This one seems to be growing in popularity now, though, and more people are starting to read it. Since it’s currently getting a lot of attention, I thought it was the perfect addition to my list of books to read.

If I needed to use one word to describe this book, I think I’d have to describe it as haunting. It’s been a few years since I read it, and I can still tell you about it. This book is about 2 sisters living in France during WWII. They both take very different paths, and show very different experiences from the war.

If you’re a fan of historical fiction, especially WWII fiction, this is a must-read!

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Total honesty here: I’m not even done with this book, yet. In fact, I started it two days ago, and wasn’t even going to include it in this blog post. Actually, I came back and put it in just in time to publish, because it’s that good. I can’t put it down.

Even though she’s a well-known, best selling author, I’ve never read one of Liane’s books. This one was gifted to me, and it’s sat on my shelf for months. But, if this book is any indicator of her other books, I’ll definitely have a new favorite author. It’s a little bit dark, a little bit funny, and an absolute page-turner.

I’ll come back and edit this with a full review once I’ve finished the book, but if you’re looking for a book that will make you want to read instead of do literally anything else, this would be it. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to wrap this up and go read! 😉

the best books to read to break your reading slump

My Top 6 Books to Read This Year

Clearly, I have some pretty eclectic taste in books. I find that if I read the same genre over and over, that’s when I become bored. If you notice yourself getting bored while you’re reading, try to change it up with a totally new genre!

In my opinion, these are all great books to read to break your reading slump and get you away from the TV.

Do you have any favorites I can add to this list? I’m always looking for my next great book, so feel free to add your suggestions below!

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