Readers Block: What is one to do!

Reading can sometimes feel more like a chore than a pleasure. You can find yourself stuck in a chapter or the style of reading might be too rough to get through. When you hit this wall, you’re not sure how to push through or find a way around the obstacle.

What are some ways that help you get through a tough book?

There are many recipes to help get through harder books that just don’t catch your fancy. Some might include:

  1. Taking breaks between chapters.
  2. Looking forward to the end goal.
  3. Read out loud, use different voices for each character.
  4. Write notes about the story to help you understand what is going on.
  5. Switch to a new book and get back to the old one later.
  6. Find inspirational words from family and friends to cheer you on.

Not all of these will work and to be honest, I just thought of them off the top of my head. I might try some of these methods when I run into this problem again, and let’s face it, it will happen again. Not all books are created equal and not all readers’ can fly through them with ease.

Most of the time when I read a book that doesn’t interest me all that much, I get very sleepy while reading and barely get through one chapter. Sometimes I am able to power through and get to the end, others not so much. Most of the time I put the book down and might never return to that book because I remember how boring of a read it was. I am trying not to do that now because being able to say, “Yeah! I’ve read that.”, is a nice feeling and I can relate to people who have read it with a good conversation.

Now, it’s okay if you don’t want to finish a book. There is nothing wrong with getting into a new book and finding that it just isn’t the right fit. When you try on a pair of pants, you don’t buy the pants if they don’t fit but you like the color. Not all books are for everyone. There are billions of different brains out there with a billion ways to absorb information. Not finishing a book can sometimes lead to an even better one. I know I have a stack of books that I would like to read and when I thought about putting a book I’ve been reading down, I would just pick up another one and hopefully love that one instead.

Being able to read books that are tougher to get through can also be a good thing for you as a reader because you get to know yourself better and what books, topics, writing styles, and authors you like or don’t like. Getting to know what books are best for you maximizes the reading experience. I know I love books that are in the historical fiction genre, but there are some really good authors with a unique writing style in other genres like romance or Sci-fi; so I try not to only read my favorite genre.

As fellow readers, what are some methods you use to get through tough books? What advice could you give others when they are faced with this problem? I know I have trouble finding a good answer and I end up missing out on a lot of opportunities to read great books.

PSA: Help a fellow reader out! Let’s try to get through that readers block.

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