Best Ways to Overcome Reading Slump

Are you struggling to get into any book? Trust me, we have all been there.

Even the biggest of the bookworms land up in a reading slump. So, do not worry! It may take some time for you to overcome your reading slump but remember that beating a reading slump is not so challenging. You need to keep a couple of things in your mind in order to get out of your reading slump.

I know you must have tried picking up a book but no matter hard you try, nothing seems to be working. Right? Sometimes the reading slump may last for a couple of days and sometimes even for a couple of weeks (Even for months in the worst case scenarios)

Let me begin by saying that reading slump has various phrases. The first and foremost being a phrase where you DO NOT feel like reading any book at all. I would suggest you not to force yourself into reading if you are at the first stage.

The next stage is where you are ready to pick up a book and you will end up reading just a couple of pages. Do not feel bad or guilty about it. Feel good because you are at least able to read. It doesn’t matter if it’s just a couple of pages. Be happy because at least you are making some progress.

Here are some of the best ways through which you can overcome the reading slump.

1. Take a break and do not force yourself to read

The first and foremost thing you need to accept is that you are going through a reading slump. I would mention this time and again that IT IS OKAY TO BE IN A READING SLUMP but forcing yourself to read a book that you do not feel like reading would be the worst course of action.

Try to channelize your energy in some other hobby or simply watch series/movies on Netflix, do bullet journaling, learn some new skills. I assure you that within a week you would feel refreshed.

2. Set achievable goals

When you are in a reading slump, it becomes very important to set achievable goals because if you are setting high goals for yourself, trust me you will not be able to achieve them. Do not force yourself to read a 300-400 page novel. When I was in a reading slump. I used to read 10 pages every day and at the end of the day when I used to achieve this goal, it used to provide me with a sense of accomplishment.

3. Try to make reading fun for yourself

The first thing you need to keep in mind is to make reading fun for yourself. Do not read just for the sake of reading. If you are not in the mood to read, let it be. Do not stress yourself to read a particular book if you don’t feel like reading it.

Try not to leave home without a book even if you know you aren’t going to read it.

4. Create a reading atmosphere

I would love to share that a couple of weeks back, due to my tests and assignment I was struggling to go through a book. I was looking forward to DNF that book but a part of me still wanted to read it. Then I found some relaxing Videos on YouTube which had the sound of rain and some sort of relaxing music.

And you won’t believe that with the help of that video, I was able to read 125 pages that day!!!! If it helped me I am pretty sure that it would help you as well.

5. Read at least one chapter before bed

Even if you are not reading the day long, try to read at least one chapter before bed. It will not just help you overcome your reading slump but also is very beneficial for sleep as well.

6. Step out of your comfort zone

I completely understand that for some readers, this is how you ended up landing into the reading slump but still I would suggest you to try stepping out of your comfort zone.

I’ve always been a person who loves watching thrillers/horror but never thought of picking up any thriller book. Last year, when I was in a reading slump, I ended up picking “The Good Daughter” by Karin Slaughter and ever since then, I am recommending it to everyone. I think, stepping out of my comfort zone helped me a lot to overcome the reading slump.

7. Go for short story collections

I think short story collections have always helped me overcome the reading slump. It would help to get you back into the feeling of reading and the moment you’ll finish a story you will be motivated to finish the rest of the stories in that particular book. In the end, the accomplishment you’ll get by finishing the book would be so satisfying.

8. Re-read your favorite novel

This is the simplest way to overcome reading slump but sometimes you might not want to read the book since you have already read and know the ending.

Whenever I am in a reading slump I read any book by Jane Austen. Believe me, I have read Pride and Prejudice 7-9 times and every time I read it I have some different opinion about the various characters. I even came up with various ideas and decided to prepare a guide to Jane Austen wherein I have focused on various things like- Why every man needs to read Jane Austen, My take on the Jane Austen couple, Why I fell for Mr. Darcy at the first place etc.

9. Do not go for a thick fat book

It is better to pick a book that you feel would take just a couple of days to get through. If you are not able to read more than 20-25 pages in a reading slump then I would suggest you not to go for lengthy books. It is very important to understand that when you are at a stage where your reading is very slowed down and you do not feel like reading much finishing even a single book can be a great accomplishment.

𝐀𝐧𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐞 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰

𝐀𝐧𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐞 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰
𝐑𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I am so excited to be a part of the book tour for Annalisse Series by Marlene M Bell. A big thanks to @lolasblogtours & the author for the review copies in exchange for an honest review.

I’m not really into romance mystery but when I read the blurb I was sure that I’ll end up loving this book and I did. The book didn’t disappoint me. I really loved the writing style and the characters were just amazing.

I felt that all the books are hard to put down and it will keep you guessing. The plot, characters, the whole atmosphere was just amazing!!!! These were one of those hidden gems that many readers don’t know about but I highly recommend this book to all those who love reading romance mystery. And I absolutely loved the whole build up… you won’t be able to guess what’s happening till the end but once you’ll do… I don’t want to give any spoilers 🥲🥲
You need to read this book!! 💖💖

Sisters of the Snake [BOOK REVIEW]

Sisters of the Snake by Sasha Nanua

SYNOPSIS

A lost princess. A dark puppet master. And a race against time—before all is lost.

Princess Rani longs for a chance to escape her gilded cage and prove herself. Ria is a street urchin, stealing just to keep herself alive.

When these two lives collide, everything turns on its head: because Ria and Rani, orphan and royal, are unmistakably identical.

A deal is struck to switch places—but danger lurks in both worlds, and to save their home, thief and princess must work together. Or watch it all fall into ruin.

Deadly magic, hidden temples, and dark prophecies: Sisters of the Snake is an action-packed, immersive fantasy that will thrill fans of The Crown’s Game and The Tiger at Midnight.

MY THOUGHTS

Sisters of The Snake is a retelling of The Prince and The Pauper. The store is told from two perspectives : Rani, the princess and Riya, the thief. The moment I read the blurb, I was sure that this is going to be one of the most anticipated young adult fantasy novels of 2021 and I loveddddd ittttt ❤️❤️❤️❤️ that’s all about the story 🤐 because I want you to all to read the book.

I was very well able to relate with both the main characters. For me the plot and world building were so solid. I am not really into young adult novels but this book was amazing and creative and immersive and unique. The interesting thing about the book was that both the characters were identical. And I personally enjoy books that have identical characters. As soon as I finished this book, I called my best friend to tell how amazing the book was and I was able to convince her to read it as well. If you are someone who loves to read cultural fantasy then this book is for you. Although it was a re-telling, I was still not bored but I felt that the plot was quite predictable. I recommend this book to all the readers who love to read fantasy novels.

INVICTUS: The Jungle That Made Me by Nidhie Sharma [BOOK REVIEW]

SYNOPSIS

Six children
One treacherous jungle
A gripping story of resilience

Tawang, 10,000 feet above sea level and home to a remote Indian military base at the Indo-China border, is abuzz. Six army children – the oldest, thirteen, the youngest, six – have been missing since daybreak in the surrounding jungles.

With inclement weather, thick cloud cover, swollen streams raging downwards and lurking predators, the six are facing their hardest test yet. As the daunting jungle slowly unravels its plans, the children must find a way out before sundown.

Set against the harsh and inhospitable terrain of Arunachal Pradesh, Invictus is a compelling first-person account of survival against all odds. 

MY THOUGHTS

4.5 stars

The incidents of the story were vividly written that for a moment I felt that I am one of those children. As readers, we got to learn a lot of lessons from the story. I adore the author’s writing style and would love to read more books by her. I would recommend this book to all the readers because one, the plot was very well planned and written and second, it is based on a real story. The fact that six children went missing in the most dangerous jungle gave me chills. It was a fast paced novel and I was amazed by how well the characters were penned. The plot managed to surpass my expectations. Highly recommend it.

Animal By Lisa Taddeo [BOOK REVIEW]

SYNOPSIS

Joan has spent a lifetime enduring the cruel acts of men. But when one of them commits a shocking act of violence in front of her, she flees New York City in search of Alice, the only person alive who can help her make sense of her past. In the sweltering hills above Los Angeles, Joan unravels the horrific event she witnessed as a child—that has haunted her every waking moment—while forging the power to finally strike back.

Here is the electrifying debut novel from Lisa Taddeo, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Three Women, which was named to more than thirty best-of-the-year lists and hailed as “a dazzling achievement” (Los Angeles Times) and “a heartbreaking, gripping, astonishing masterpiece” (Esquire). Animal is a depiction of female rage at its rawest, and a visceral exploration of the fallout from a male-dominated society. With writing that scorches and mesmerizes, Taddeo illustrates one woman’s exhilarating transformation from prey into predator.

MY THOUGHTS

The story revolves around a 36 year old woman named Joan who has witnessed a public suicide in the beginning of the book. After this incident, she is in search of answers about her past from a girl named Alice. Without revealing much about the story, I would suggest you buy a copy of this book. I read a lot of mixed reviews and this book isn’t fir everyone but you should definitely give it a try. I would say that it was more of a character driven novel rather than being plot driven.

It’s hard to find the right word to describe how I felt after reading the book. For me it was emotional and depressing at times but I appreciate the efforts that the author has put in writing the book. I completed this book a couple of days ago but I couldn’t find time to sit and write a review. Ever since I finished this book, I could not progress. It feels as if the story is stuck somewhere in my head. At this point of time, I don’t know how I will rate this book. I am not pretty sure if I loved the protagonist or not but the author has penned amazing characters.

Tokyo Ever After By Emiko Jean [BOOK REVIEW]

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SUMMARY

Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in—it isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town. Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izumi—or Izzy, because “It’s easier this way”—and her mom against the world. But then Izzy discovers a clue to her previously unknown father’s identity… and he’s none other than the Crown Prince of Japan. Which means outspoken, irreverent Izzy is literally a princess.

In a whirlwind, Izzy travels to Japan to meet the father she never knew and discover the country she always dreamed of. But being a princess isn’t all ball gowns and tiaras. There are conniving cousins, a hungry press, a scowling but handsome bodyguard who just might be her soulmate, and thousands of years of tradition and customs to learn practically overnight.

Izzy soon finds herself caught between worlds, and between versions of herself—back home, she was never “American” enough, and in Japan, she must prove she’s “Japanese” enough. Will Izumi crumble under the weight of the crown, or will she live out her fairytale, happily ever after?

MY THOUGHTS

The story of Tokyo Ever After revolves around a girl named Izumi, an American Japanese who lives with her mother in North California. But one day she finds out that her father is the crown prince of Japan and she is ACTUALLY A PRINCESS!!! After coming to know about all this, she writes to her father and later travels to Japan. I love reading books by japanese authors or in general any book set in Japan and keeping that in mind, I love love love this book. It is perfect for those who love reading something light during summers. I mostly read Mystery & Thriller. You’ll rarely find me with a rom-com or a light read in my hand. For a change, I loved it. I am not revealing much about the story and would recommend it to those who loved Crazy Rich Asians.

I adore the relationship between Izumi and Akio but at the same time I felt that it was more of Insta-love. Izumi was a charming character and I loved her character. Knowing the fact that she is a princess, she didn’t change her attitude toward other people… not even a little bit.

As far as the writing is concerned, it was pretty good. I appreciate the efforts that the author has put in. I got to learn quite a few things just by reading this book. I am eagerly waiting for the next book.

Nalanda: History’s Best Kept Secret by Shivani Singh [BOOK REVIEW]

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SYNOPSIS

In medieval India, Siddhartha is a young Buddhist monk studying in one of the most renowned and ancient universities of the world – Nalanda. He is catapulted to the brink of history by the University senior teachers. They command him to aid the royal investigation of a suspicious death on campus. Mahipala, the king of Magadha, believes the death is actually a murder. Mahipala’s royal Officer in charge of the investigation is none other than siddhartha’s brother Aditya Raj. The brothers are forced into an uneasy alliance. Between them are played off the unforetold forces that wiped off Nalanda from the historical map of India. As the fate of Nalanda is sealed, strange deaths occur in quick succession. Plagued by misery and doubt, Siddhartha unwittingly stumbles upon a secret. It makes him question his faith, his rationality and, finally, his own existence. In the end, Nalanda is razed to the ground. This is fact. However, the narrative is a climactic context of many other elements of alternative history and speculative spirituality. It’s a shocking Disclosure of esoteric practices, involving the divine feminine, never divulged to the masses for reasons unknown. Venturing into historically virgin territory and, in many ways, picking up from where Dan Brown left, Nalanda exposes a reality that is devastating, mind-altering and yet, somehow, liberating.

MY THOUGHTS

The story of Nalanda is set in Medieval India. We follow our narrator, Sidhartha who is a young buddhist monk studying in one of the most renowned and ancient universities of the world – Nalanda. During those times, Nalanda was considered to be one of the world-renowned centres for education in India. Nobody knows the actual reason behind the sudden destruction at Nalanda University.

I am currently reading three books at the same time but to be honest, from the first page till the last page, I kept reading without switching to any other book. For me it was definitely a thought proving novel. I got to learn a lot of things that I wasn’t aware of. I haven’t read any book set in medieval India but after reading this book, I am definitely going to pick some more. As far as the writing style is censored, it was eloquent. It can be seen both in the writing style as well as the narrator’s tone. As a reader, I could feel that the author as well as the character is able to express themselves clearly. I would commend this book for those who are looking forward to reading more on this subject.

Thank you so much @amaryllispublishing for the review copy.

More Things in Heaven and Earth by Kiran Manral [BOOK REVIEW]

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SYNOPSIS

When Kamla Malik’s husband Nihar dies of a heart attack in Goa, she’s devastated. Haunted by the lack of closure, she tries mediums, séances, and Ouija boards to help her establish contact. All she wants is a final goodbye. She tries to find him in the twisted labyrinthine worlds that he now inhabits, but does she really want him back, and worse, if she finds him, will he let her go? Or is she, as the doctors believe, living in the tunnels of her mind, making it impossible for her to distinguish hallucination from reality? Coincidentally, her eccentric and ailing maternal aunt invites her to visit at her splendidly isolated and crumbling villa in Goa. Here, Kamla meets Victor, her aunt’s stepson. He stakes his claim over the villa and with it, over Kamla. While she accepts that Victor is her here and now, why does Nihar continue to torment her? Is she doomed to be forever haunted by him? An exquisitely sinister tale of bereavement and the grey lands between the dead and the living, both within the mind and outside of it, More Things in Heaven and Earth is the horror of what happens when love, obsession and betrayal collide.

MY THOUGHTS

“𝑯𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒉𝒂𝒑𝒔 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒃𝒐𝒅𝒚 𝑰 𝒊𝒏𝒉𝒂𝒃𝒊𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒐𝒐 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒆𝒏 𝒕𝒐 𝒎𝒆 𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆𝒔 𝒊𝒕 𝒇𝒐𝒍𝒅𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒆𝒔, 𝒊𝒕 𝒑𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒑. 𝑯𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒏𝒐𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆. 𝑯𝒐𝒎𝒆, 𝑰 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒏𝒐𝒘, 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒚𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕 𝒔𝒍𝒆𝒑𝒕 𝒊𝒏 𝒑𝒆𝒂𝒄𝒆. 𝑯𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒖𝒏𝒑𝒂𝒄𝒌𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒏𝒆’𝒔 𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒆𝒕𝒕𝒍𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒎 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒓𝒐𝒃𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒔. 𝑰𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒆.”

The story revolves around Kamla Malik, 33 year old who lost her husband, Nihan died of a heart attack. Kamla is a kind of person who always tried to fit in but her husband wanted her to stand out. When Nihan died, Kamla wasn’t around him since he was away from home. All she wants is to say a final goodbye to Nihan and in order to do that she tries mediums, séances, and Ouija boards to help her establish contact.Without revealing much about the story, I would recommend you to read it.

I have read a lot of Indian authors as a teenager but I was stunned by @kiranmanral ‘s writing style. At times, I find it hard to get into a novel but I must say that the initial chapters were amazing… There was some magic in the writing style. I was literally hooked from the very first page. It took me just a couple of days to finish this. Now I am wondering why I never read books by Kiran ma’am. But I am definitely going to pick more novels by her now.

Thank you for the review copy @amaryllispublishing

Marriage: 100 stories around India’s favourite ritual by Devdutt Pattanaik [Book Review]

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SYNOPSIS

Marriage, by mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik, brings together stories from Vedic, Puranic, Tamil, and Sanskrit literature, from regional, classical, folk and tribal lore, from oral and textual traditions, across 3000 years of history and 3 million square kilometres of geography, to reveal the diversity and fluidity of Indian customs and beliefs around marriage.

My Thoughts

The book includes 100 stories about marriage from Vedic, Tamil, Sanskrit literature, folklore. When I picked this book, I was sure that I must be aware of a lot of stories but there were only a couple of stories I heard about. 
The book was divided into various parts ranging from Origin to Separation. Each section had amazing stories that were either taken from Mahabharata or vedic purans
I got to know about a lot of stories that are a part of our holy books but I didn’t know about the stories.
The story I kind of liked was- Prajakta
There was once a plant fell in love with the sun God, Surya. She adored him gently, but he showed no interest in her. Heartbroken, she decided she would bloom only at night so that the sun would never experience her fragrance.

On the whole it was an amazing book. Anyone who wants to learn more about the cultures and traditions practised during marriages in India should definitely read this book.

Again Again by E. Lockhart [Book Tour]

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If you could live your life again, what would you do differently?

After a near-fatal family catastrophe and an unexpected romantic upheaval, Adelaide Buchwald finds herself catapulted into a summer of wild possibility, during which she will fall in and out of love a thousand times–while finally confronting the secrets she keeps, her ideas about love, and the weird grandiosity of the human mind.

A raw, funny story that will surprise you over and over, Again Again gives us an indelible heroine grappling with the terrible and wonderful problem of loving other people. 

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About the Author

E. Lockhart wrote theNew York TimesbestsellerWe Were Liarsand the upcomingGenuine Fraud,apsychological thriller. Her other books includeFly on the Wall, Dramarama, The Disreputable Historyof Frankie Landau-Banks,and the Ruby Oliver Quartet, which includesThe Boyfriend List, The BoyBook, The Treasure Map of Boys,andReal Live Boyfriends.She also wroteHow to Be Badwith SarahMlynowski and Lauren Myracle.

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My Thoughts

I have heard a lot about E. Lockhart but actually never got any chance to read her books. This was the first time I read her book and I kind of loved the story. If you love reading Young adult fiction, you should definitely read this book. There are a couple of things I loved about this book. First and foremost being the characters. I loved the character of Adelaide and almost all the other characters, especially the dogs. I also felt that the book was weird in a way but at the same time loved how the story went on. 

It was very easy to get into the story. Sometimes, I find it difficult to get into a particular story but that’s not the case with this book. The writing style was amazing and on the whole I loved the story. I am looking forward to reading more books by this author. 

5 Reasons to read this book

▪️The book was soooo fast paced and the characters felt so real to me.
▪️It is perfect for those who are into Young adult fiction.
▪️This will definitely help you overcome your reading slump.
▪️It is a perfect summer read and I felt that the storyline was really cute.
▪️The chapters were short and that is the reason why it took me just a couple of days to finish the book

The Jasmine Throne (Book Tour)

I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book from the publisher and Caffeine Book Tours as part of my participation in their tour.

BOOK COVER

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SYNOPSIS

Author of Empire of Sand and Realm of Ash Tasha Suri’s The Jasmine Throne, beginning a new trilogy set in a world inspired by the history and epics of India, in which a captive princess and a maidservant in possession of forbidden magic become unlikely allies on a dark journey to save their empire from the princess’s traitor brother.

Imprisoned by her dictator brother, Malini spends her days in isolation in the Hirana: an ancient temple that was once the source of the powerful, magical deathless waters — but is now little more than a decaying ruin.

Priya is a maidservant, one among several who make the treacherous journey to the top of the Hirana every night to clean Malini’s chambers. She is happy to be an anonymous drudge, so long as it keeps anyone from guessing the dangerous secret she hides.

But when Malini accidentally bears witness to Priya’s true nature, their destinies become irrevocably tangled. One is a vengeful princess seeking to depose her brother from his throne. The other is a priestess seeking to find her family. Together, they will change the fate of an empire. 

MY THOUGHTS

MY RATING- ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

“There are other versions of you that I don’t know. But this one…” Her fingers were against Malini’s lips. “This one is mine.”

The story of “The Jasmine Throne” starts with a religious sacrificial burning where three women were burned alive. But one of those three women, refused to be burnt alive. The Jasmine Throne tells a story about Priya, a servant who takes care of Malini, the princess who refused to sacrifice herself. The story revolves around Malini. This is the main story line and without revealing much, I would ask you to read the book. 

It took me a couple of days to completely get into the novel but once I did, I ended up loving this book. The author crafted amazing characters and especially the relationship between Mlaina and Priya. I felt that the relationship was so realistic and I could totally connect with them. I do not read fantasy genre but when I read the blurb I felt that the story line is way too intriguing and that I would definitely love the book. I ended up loving this book very much and I recommend it to each and every reader. 

I felt that it was more of a character driven novel rather than plot driven. I am definitely looking forward to reading more books by this author because I loved every single thing about this book.

Trigger Warning: violence, murder,  immolation (women burned on pyres), death of loved ones, elephants are used to execute people, arson, colorism, self-sacrifice, sexism.