Best books to get you out of a reading slump
The worst part about being in a reading slump is that you don’t feel like calling yourself a bookworm.
Maybe you have a hundred books in your TBR but you don’t really feel like reading.
It’s not the book, I am afraid…it’s your reading slump.
So what can you do about it?
Perhaps spend hours in the bookstore or watch booktubers talking about their favourite books? Of course, you can try those…
But I recommend choosing your next reads from this list of 31 addictive books to get lost in.
These moderately short books are surely going to get you out of your reading slump!
From John Steinbeck’s epic classic novel to legendary novelist Stephen King’s new novel, all well-written books to help you get back to reading.
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Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Set in 1980s Malibu, the story revolves around the annual summer party of the prominent Riva siblings- Nina, Jay, Hud, and Kit. But the story shifts between the 1950s and 1980s, between the history of their parents’ relationship and the lives of each Riva sibling. An enthralling novel to break you out of your reading slump.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Set in Sweden, the story follows a curmudgeon, Ove. He is grumpy and often irritated with his neighbours. Others call him “the bitter neighbour from hell.” But he has a heart whelming past. When a new family moves in next door, everything is about to change in Ove’s life. A feel-good novel to lift your reading spirits.
America for Beginners by Leah Franqui
A humorous tale that explores the themes of family, immigration and the great American dream. There are a few main characters in the novel- a widow from Kolkata, Pival Sengupta who is preparing for her American journey. There is the owner of a tour company, Ronnie Munshi, a Bangladeshi. And Rebecca Elliot, a young actress turned tour guide. With easy to love characters and countless laugh out loud moments, Leah Franqui’s debut novel is a light and enjoyable novel to get you right on track with your books.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
A delightful romantic novel filled with fun and romance. Olive has always considered herself unlucky throughout her whole life. However, after the unexpected food poisoning at her sister’s wedding, she is forced to travel with Ethan to an exotic destination. A vivid and tropical romance you will love.
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
This sparkling adorable novel is about two polar opposite best friends- Alex and Poppy. Best pals from college, always take a summer vacation together. However, they haven’t talked for years now. When Poppy suggests one last trip to save their friendship, Alex agrees. The story takes us to both their present and past summer trips. Gorgeous rom-com you are going to love.
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
This twisty dynamic thriller follows Nella Rogers, an editorial assistant at Wagner Books. The only black girl at the office. Her initial enthusiasm to bring diversity and change at her workplace was lessened once she realized her efforts are going nowhere. However, when the firm hired Hazel, she is delighted to meet another black girl; But soon the acquaintance turns to jealousy. An intriguing novel to get you back into reading.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Published in 1937, Of Mice and Men follows two migrant workers George and Lennie. George is smart and uneducated while Lennie is mentally disabled but muscular. As Depression hits the state, both move from place to place in search of jobs. Amidst the hardships, they always dream of owning a large farm and living a glorious life. A gripping short classic to beat the reading slump.
Later by Stephen King
The legendary storyteller Stephen King’s new novel follows Jamie Conklin, the son of a literary agent. He is smart, emotional and can see dead people. However, it’s not at all like the movie ‘Sixth Sense’. Later, Jamie is involved in a criminal investigation with an NYPD detective. A powerfully haunting novel that can get you back into reading in no time.
Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland
A charming novel that’s set in a second-hand bookshop in York. The main character Loveday is a bookworm. Books mean so much more to her than people. She has been working at the same bookshop for a year. It’s through books that she avoids the memories of a traumatic childhood. An Irresistible and feel-good novel that you won’t be able to put down.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Matt Haig’s new novel follows Nora Seed who feels the world doesn’t need her. When she tries to commit suicide she ends up in a space between life and death, the midnight library. She gets a rare opportunity to take alternative paths from her own life and see how life would have been. An extraordinary novel that reminds us to embrace life, including failures and regrets.
Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
This is about two little children who occasionally burst into fire. Yes, actual fire. It’s not harmful to them. Despite this bizarre nature, they are not taken care of the way they are supposed to. Their busy father keeps them away from the family, And the mother is pretty much out of the picture. The story mostly explains how their mother’s high school friend Lilian, becomes their caretaker. Meanwhile, she also has her own dysfunctional life to worry about. Grab this book immediately.
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
This charming novel follows Elsa, a seven-year-old girl who is a little wild and has no friends at school. She finds solace in her grandmother’s stories; tales in which everyone is unusual. But when the grandmother dies, Elsa is left with a series of letters written by her grandmother, apologising to people. A touching tale of faith, forgiveness and relationships.
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about two half-sisters- Camino and Yahaira who never knew about each other until their father’s death. A story of bravery, forgiveness and sisterhood to read if you want to back into reading
The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs
Natalie Harper is about to leave her job and moves to San Francisco to take over her mother’s bookshop. But what awaits her arrival is her ailing grandfather and a lot of debt that her mother left behind. “The Lost and Found Bookshop” is a deeply moving family saga to break your reading slump.
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
Anthony Peardew is a rescuer of unusual and interesting things. Once picked up, he writes down from when and where it collected them along with sweet little anecdotes about the items. But when he dies, the assistant, Laura, takes on the duty to find the owners of each item. A beautifully narrated novel with plenty of lovable characters.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
An endearing story of twins Cath & Wren and their adventures at college. The story focuses on introverted Cath who loves the fictional world of Simon Snow. Any fanfiction lover can easily relate to Cath and her college life. A great read for fanfiction lovers.
The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali
Set in two timelines, The Stationery Shop tells the story of Roya, a bookworm teenager living in Tehran. Being constantly amid political upheaval she finds solace in Mr Fakhri’s stationery shop. Which is where she falls in love with Bahman, an idealist. The unexpected political upheaval changes their destiny forever. A charming story, as beautiful as its cover that will hook you from the first page.
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
A poignant novel that follows Nina, who works at the bookstore and is the only child of a successful travelling photographer. She Often spends evenings with books and trivia quiz competitions. However, when she learns that her father had passed away, the one she never knew existed, it shocks her. Now she has a lot more relatives than she can count. An extremely funny and emotive novel to read.
Matilda by Roald Dahl
The story of a little girl who is too good for the world. One of the world’s bestselling authors introduces you to the lovely Matilda. She enjoys Dickens in the same way as she enjoys solving mathematical problems. Explore this extraordinary tale to beat your reading slump.
The Guncle by Steven Rowley
Guncle is a hilarious tale of a retired sitcom star, Patrick. After losing the love of his love to a car accident, he leads an isolated life with occasional socialising. When he learns that his best friend and brother’s wife, Zara, passed away, he is forced to bring her two little kids to his house. After all how hard that can be to look after two kids! An endearing novel that’s perfect to get you back on track.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is compelling and sympathetic and sometimes between the two. This historical fiction tells the glamorous life of fictional Hollywood star Evelyn Hugo. Story of an ambitious woman who always dreamed of becoming a Hollywood icon. An alluring tale great to read while you’re in the reading slump.
28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand
Based on the classic film Same Time Next Year, 28 Summers, tells the story of Mallory and Jake. Even since their first meeting on the labour day weekend, they continue to spend summer weekends together regardless of their relationship status. And they keep this habit for 28 years. 28 Summers is a captivating novel on love, parenthood and friendship. Sometimes a light and fun read is what you need to end your reading slump.
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Queenie Jenkins is a Jamaican Brit from London. She has just broken up from her long-term white boyfriend and has been struggling with anxiety and self-doubt. Now she finally decides to find her purpose in life. Candice Carty-Williams’ debut novel is an honest portal of a modern-day Jamaican Brit. It’s both humorous and heartbreaking.
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
This New York Times bestseller follows Melody. When she wears a custom-made dress during her coming of age ceremony, there is tension among the family members. This is the very dress Melody’s mother was supposed to wear during her special day, but never took place. Told from different perspectives, the novel takes us to the lives of her mother and grandparents. A short but extremely poignant novel to take up when you haven’t read a good novel for a long time.
The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin
Inspired by the survival story of bookshops during the Blitz, “The Last Bookshop in London” is an enduring story of love and literature. When Grace Bennett moved to London with her best friend Viv, little did they know that their life would never be the same. Soon after Grace finds a job in a bookstore even though she has never read a book in her life. But when the war is announced she discovers a sudden urge to immerse herself in literature and serve the country along the way.
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
The story follows Elsa Wolcott who marries Rafe Martinelli after getting pregnant with his child. Soon she is abandoned by her own family as they didn’t approve of Martinellis. Shortly, Elsa finds a new home with her husband and family; However, when the severe drought hits the farm, she is forced to leave her beloved farm with her children. The story of a helpless family that tries to survive in the great depression.
Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
An extremely emotional tale that follows two neighbouring families, NYPD cops – Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope. Both have their own individual family struggles. For Francis, it is his wife’s loneliness while Brian deals with his wife’s mental health issues. Amidst all this, their children grow close and develop a lifelong affection towards each other. An addictive novel of family and drama to get you out of your reading slump.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Probably one of the best books that explain “the black lives matter movement”. Star Carter, a sixteen-year-old, understands the realities of living in a poor neighbourhood. Later when her dearest childhood friend is murdered everything changes for her forever.
The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate
This New York Times bestseller is a heart-breaking story inspired by real advertisements from the 1800s by newly freed slaves in search of the family. Set between 1875 and 1987, the story follows former slaves Hannie, Lavinia, and Juneau Jane. A remarkable tale about family and relationships.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
31- year Eleanor Oliphant loves almost everything except talking to people. She has been working as an office manager for years and has spent every weekend treating herself with frozen pizza, vodka and chatting with mom. But at times she finds herself lost and confused. She can’t get rid of her haunting past. An astounding novel with quirky and memorable characters worth reading to beat your reading slump.
The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
Nina Redmond is devastated to know that she lost her beloved job at the library. She always loved to match the book with the reader, that’s why the job was a dream come true. Nevertheless, Nina is determined to start all over again. She buys a new van and moves to a quiet village in Scotland. A beautiful story about books, country life and adventure to help you back into your reading.
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
An exceptional autobiography of the comedian Trevor Noah narrates the horrific injustices and growing up in South Africa. Despite the significant discussions like Colonialism and apartheid, Noah entertains readers with laughs out moments of his life.
That was the best 31 books to end your reading slumps ASAP.
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