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August 21: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump

This is so different for everyone, so these are books that pull *me* out of a slump. When nothing appeals to me, I turn to old favorites that make me smile/laugh or evoke a warm fuzzy feeling.

Matilda; Roald Dahl. She’s my hero. And children’s books are great to break a slump, because they’re shorter.

Complete Works; Emily DIckinson. Assuming you like poetry, she has some wonderfully defiant poems, or quiet hopeful poems.

Mine Till Midnight; Lisa Kleypas. With books I’ve read a bunch of times, I might just read a favorite section–like a sweet declaration of love.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened; Jenny Lawson. Every since a friend directed me to The Bloggess, her irreverent humor has always lifted my mood with her weird hobbies, strange conversations, and willingness to fight a body and brain chemistry that is unkind.

Hogfather; Terry Pratchett. There’s a lot of life triumphing against entropy in all Pratchett, but this happens to be one of my favorites, because it has Susan Sto Helit and Christmas in it.

Brave Enough; Cheryl Strayed. Short, heartfelt snippets of wisdom and hope.

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

4 responses »

  1. FranL says:

    Great choices. I also chose some childhood faves and poetry. I think during a slump it’s helpful to have things that are “quick” reading as opposed to stuff that requires a significant intellectual investment. Well, for me anyway.
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  2. Personally, I like to reach for middle grade books when I’m feeling slumpish. I like that they are easier reads and tend to have happier endings.

    I LOVE Jenny Lawson. Have you read Furiously Happy? I think we’ve talked about her books before but I can’t remember.

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