Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog, and now hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic is: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump.

I think we can all agree that reading slumps are THE WORST.

Luckily, there are a few ways to get your reading mojo back. I’ve included ten categories of books that often get me excited about reading again, plus ten specific books that have helped me get out of a slump in the past.


A Beloved Classic


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


A Clever Mystery 


The Seven 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton


A Childhood Favorite 


A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett 


A Fun YA Novel


The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee


A Time Travel Novel


To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis


A Coming-of-Age Novel


I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith


A Short Story Collection


Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman


A Creepy and/or Post-Apocalyptic Read


Bird Box by Josh Malerman


An Entertaining Nonfiction Book


At Home by Bill Bryson


An Epistolary Novel


Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding



What are the types of books you pick up to get out of a reading slump?


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  1. I LOVE how you included categories with these! Pride and Prejudice would be on my list, too. I also fell in love with I Capture the Castle when I read it years ago, but I’ve been hesitant to reread it in case I don’t love it as much as I did at that time in my life! …But I’m probably going to try it again soon, anyway. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Aubrey! I’m a little bit worried ICTC won’t mean as much to me on a re-read too. I still love the film after multiple watches though, so I can’t imagine it won’t be the same for the book!

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  2. Great list! The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue made my list this week, too, and I agree that A Little Princess is a brilliant choice. One of these days I need to read I Capture the Castle – I’ve heard nothing but good things!

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    1. Thanks, Jess! Glad to hear you love TGGTVAV and A Little Princess too. I highly, highly recommend I Capture the Castle. It is such a lovely, charming, and feel-good read.


  3. Great choices! I loved the addition of category’s! I always think a classic is a great go-to for getting you out of a reading slump 😊

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  4. You’ve picked some great books and categories here. Pride and Prejudice, Little Princess and Bridget Jones are definitely comfort reads for me, and I loved To Say Nothing of the Dog. Short stories are also a great idea for a reading slump.

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  5. Great picks. A good, intriguing mystery that keeps you hooked and comedic, heart-warming stories like Bridget Jones are totally the best books for me to pull me out of a slump.

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  6. Short story collections always work so well for me, because there’s much less pressure – even if you only finish reading one story, you’ve still read a complete work. Some absolute classics here – I Capture the Castle, A Little Princess, Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones are all favourites of mine. (I couldn’t get past the first chapter of Seven Deaths, however – it felt needlessly complicated and confusing.)

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  7. Love these choices. My go-to for reading slumps are definitely to read old favourites – Pride and Prejudice is definitely one. Or pretty much any Stephen King. He’s such a comfort read and can definitely pull me out of a funk.

    I read A Little Princess earlier this year and really enjoyed it. Wish I’d read it while I was still a child.

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    1. Thanks, Ceri! Reading old favorites is the perfect remedy for a reading slump. So glad you enjoyed A Little Princess. I’d also recommend checking out the film adaptation if you haven’t already. It is a bit different from the book, but it is so sweet and heartwarming.


  8. I Capture the Castle is such a wonderful book, one of those stories you never want to end. I couldn’t help being captivated by Cassandra and her tales of growing up in the middle of that rather eccentric family – it was a delightful read.

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  9. So many good books on your list. I always love to see Almost Famous Women getting some love!

    For me the cure for a reading slump is almost always a mystery or thriller. It’s my go-to genre. Recently I loved Sharon Bolton’s Dead Woman Walking.

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  10. Interesting mixture of books you’ve chosen Jessie. I totally agree that a nice bit of Jane Austen would certainly get me out of any slump. When I find myself in a reading slump or an emotional slump I always find a comforting re-read of an old favourite the best medicine. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! That’s a very good point about reading old favorites as an antidote to an emotional slump in addition to merely a reading slump. A lot of times the two are interconnected as well. And Austen really is the best medicine!

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