How to Get Out of A Reading Rut

F2DF26F1-1112-4F58-B28D-69594582C350.jpegYou’re standing in front of your book shelf or TBR pile and yet, none of the books are calling to you. Or maybe your favorite genre has just felt stale lately and before you know it, it’s been days, maybe even weeks since you’ve picked up a book.

You’re in a reading rut. And it happens to all of us, trust me.

To get out of a reading rut successfully, you first have to determine why you’re in one. The best solution comes from correctly identifying the problem. For example, if you’ve been busy lately and haven’t had time to read, randomly choosing a different genre to spice things up might not work for you.

So let’s identify some possible reasons for being in a reading rut and then a few possible solutions.

You’ve been feeling too busy to read.


Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever been too busy to read, as I read for pleasure through grad school and lord knows I was BUSY AF then. But I can see how someone could be honestly too busy for it. So first, if you think this is your reason, ask yourself if you really are too busy to read. Can you cut something else out to make even a bit of time? Is a chapter before bed doable? You have to make time for what you love. And if reading just isn’t a priority right now, that’s okay too. Just accept that that’s where you’re at right now and save the reading for when you do have downtime.

Nothing on your TBR looks good to you.


I’ve been there, sometimes the books waiting for you just lose their appeal. My best trick to beating this feeling is a trip to the library or bookstore. Browse around until you find something that does appeal to you. And don’t be afraid to try something outside of your usual tastes.

Your go-to genre has been feeling stale lately.


So try another genre! It might just be a one time fling but variety is the spice of life. For example, I love YA fantasy but after awhile, I can get a bit burned out on it. When this happens, I take a trip to the nonfiction section at the library to see what calls me. Always works!

I’ve tried all this, but I’m still just not in the mood to read.


So don’t! Don’t force yourself to do something you’re not enjoying in that moment. I know a lot of book reviewers and bloggers struggle with this because of arc review deadlines, etc. but the same rule applies. That arc or blog review can wait. Forcing yourself through a book isn’t going to make you like it any better. A book is not a 4 year old kid in constant need of supervision; you can drop the book where it is, come back later and it’ll still be there.

And that’s my short list of tips for making it out of a reading rut. Hope they help if you ever find yourself in one!

Do you have any tips for getting out of a reading rut? What are your reading hang-ups?



  1. April 28, 2019 / 7:38 pm

    All of these tips sound wonderful. I don’t get into reading ruts very often, but whenever I do, I think some of your tips will be very useful.

    • Cailin
      April 29, 2019 / 10:26 am

      Glad to hear it!

  2. April 29, 2019 / 7:57 pm

    During college, I was chasing an English degree and worked full time at my college newspaper—writing, copy editing, managing, and later running the show as Editor in Chief. So on top of my all reading and writing classes, my job was also all reading and writing. I’m not gonna lie, even as a wordsmith and book lover, I got burned out. Very, very badly. I stopped reading for fun, and it took me almost an entire year out of school to start up again. Now, I aim for about 3 books a month; it’s not much, but I find that it allows me space and time to deep dive into books I am interested in, while maintaining balance with my adult life. These are really great tips! I guess for me, it was just taking a break until things felt right. Thank you for sharing!

    • Cailin
      April 29, 2019 / 10:06 pm

      Thanks for sharing your story! I can totally understand getting burned out if reading and writing is your job!

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