Top Ten Tuesday was originally put together by The Broke and the Bookish and has been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is books to pull you out of a reading slump. For me, the key to fighting a reading slump is to read something a little different than my usual go-to’s and/or something a little shorter/more broken up. Graphic novels and short stories are really helpful for this. Below are some of my suggestions for books to break your reading slump!
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014
You could probably choose any year from this annual collection, but this is my favorite I’ve read thus far. It’s really lovely because it’s filled with such an assortment of items — essays, podcast transcripts, short stories, poems. It’s got a little bit of everything, which is helpful for finding something you really love! One of my favorite pieces out of this one was “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love.” Be prepared to cry.
Vampires in the Lemon Grove
A bunch of strange short stories, but it’s one of my favorite collections! I’ve been meaning to reread it again soon.
The Last Animal
More strange short stories, these all revolving around animals and humans. This and Vampires in the Lemon Grove are what got me into short story collections to begin with!
Through the Woods
This is nice because it is both a graphic novel and a collection of short stories. The art is beautiful and the stories themselves are very good. It’s a quick read, definitely great for someone in a slump!
An old favorite of mine! I find it super helpful to go back to books I’ve read dozens of times when I’m in a slump. They’re familiar and so easy to get through, and help me keep reading even when I find it difficult to do so.