Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.
This week’s topic is “top ten books to pull me out of a reading slump.” As a mood reader, I find that I get into reading slumps fairly often and that re-reading old favourites can be the best way to pull me out of it. Here are some of those books:
The Magical Escapes
Sometimes gorgeous imagery and a truly magical setting are all you need to get out of a slump.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus is one of the most beautifully vivid books I’ve ever read – even with the 28204 re-reads that I’ve done – so I definitely recommend giving it a read, even if you’re not on a slump.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
If you’re looking for some everyday magic/magical realism, this series is a wonderful choice. It’s so easy to fall in love with both Blue and her boys, the subtle magic, and Maggie’s gorgeous writing.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
If you need to fall in love with the written word again, Laini Taylor is an excellent choice: her prose is incredibly lush and beautiful, painting the most vivid imagery. I wish my words could be half as lovely.
The Cute Romances
Sometimes the magic of love is all you need.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
If you’re looking for a sweet, fun read, Anna and the French Kiss has it all: a cute romance, a Parisian setting, and a swoony boy.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is ridiculously sweet and is best paired with a giant plate of freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies (the ultimate comfort food). And once you’ve finished the3book, you can26o watch the newly-released Netflix adaptation of the same name which quickly cemented its place on my “all-time favourite romcoms” list.
The Childhood Favourites
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling
This is one of my favourite comfort reads: I have so many positive memories associated with the series and it holds a truly special place in my heart. It can be dangerous to read on a reading slump, though, as you’ll want to finish the entire series before starting something new (but, hey, at least it’s gotten you to read!).
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
The dark humour in A Series of Unfortunate Events is often enough to make me feel better about any situation that I find myself in so it stands to reason that it would also be a great way to pull yourself out of a reading slump.
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
The Paper Bag Princess is not just a cute read; it’s also an inspiring one. I re-read this whenever I’m going through periods of self-doubt or have had yet another boy break my heart – it’s always nice to be reminded that a) you are enough and b) you can do your own rescuing.
“Short & Sweet” Reads
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
This collection of dark fairy tales is incredibly enthralling. Given that it’s an anthology, completing this book counts as reading six stories, all of which are under 50 pages long – the perfect way to increase your confidence when you’re in a slump.
everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too by jomny sun
This book is heartwarming, sweet, wholesome, and incredibly deep. It’s a great examination of love and humanity and belonging, coupled with cute illustrations that just beg to be coloured.
Which books do you read to get out of a reading slump? Leave me a list or a link to your TTT post below.
Is it weird that I’ve never reread Harry Potter or A Series of Unfortunate Events? Lol, it’s just never been something I was interested in until recently! Planning on doing a reread in the near future. So many of these books are on my TBR! I’ll have to give them a shot next time I’m in a reading slump!
Not weird at all – I didn’t start doing re-reads until a few years ago but I still don’t tend to do it that often. I hope you enjoy them just as much as you did the first time around! 🙂
I love how you broke the list down 🙂 I definitely agree with Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Anna and the French Kiss, and Harry Potter. I would add Percy Jackson, as well. My list was comprised mostly of romance LOL. Great list!
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Thank you! I still haven’t finished the Percy Jackson series (shameful, I know) but I’m hoping to give it a full read-through soon.
I really ought to read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I’m hearing a lot about it – great list!
It was really cute! I definitely recommend it, especially since the Netflix movie was even more adorable.
Great list! Ah the Paper Bag Princess! It’s been a loooong time since I read that, such a great book! 😀
I re-read it for the first time as an adult a couple of years ago – it’s still a delight! 🙂
These are all great picks for this topic, and I imagine all of these are books I could pick up to pull me out of a slump. The Night Circus and Daughter of Smoke and Bone are two all-time favourites of mine in general, and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is such a sweet and fluffy YA contemporary it should have made me list this week! 😀
Great post, and again great picks. 🙂 ❤️
Thanks, Beth! I’m so glad to hear that you loved The Night Circus! 🙂 Have you watched the Netflix adaptation of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before yet??
I really like your list! I didn’t think to break it up into categories. The Night Circus and The Raven Boys are among my favorite books ever, not to mention how swoon worthy Anna and the French Kiss is.
I’m so glad to hear that you love The Night Circus and The Raven Boys! Happy reading 🙂
I love how you formatted this post, lots of great books on this list as well!
thank you, happy reading!
Harry Potter made my list, too. Escapist fantasy books are great slump-busters.
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there’s just something about being in a magical world that helps end all the book slumps
Anything Laini Taylor always makes me fall in love with the written word over and over again. She’s fabulous.
I really need to read some Jenny Han! I watched To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before on Netflix and now I’m really wanting to read the book, haha.
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Her writing is incredible! I definitely recommend reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – I found it to be just as cute as the movie (which I may have seen 3 times already).