Book burnout is a thing. It can happen when you have a mile-long TBR list (like me) or when you are plowing through books. This can especially happen during the summer months when all we want to do is bring a good read to the pool or beach! As book blogging being a large part of what I do, I know book burnout can be a real thing. These are the ways I avoid it!
- Take a break. For the last 2 weeks, I’ve been taking a mini-break from reading. Granted, I haven’t stopped completely. It is my job, after all. But, sometimes, a break can be a good thing. Go do something else instead of read. Practice some other hobbies for a little bit!
- Only read the good stuff. If you’re a book blogger or a bookstagramer, this isn’t always an option. But, do some research on Goodreads. If a book has under 3.85 stars (so specific, I know) it’s probably not going to be that great, so skip it for now. If you want suggestions, browse the READ tab and discover some new favorites!
- Read slower. I’ve definitely had my fair share of “read it all in one sitting”, but that shouldn’t be the norm. 20 pages a day is a good pace to get through a book without completely burning out your brain in the process!
- Change reading locations. If you always read in the same spot, any book might seem to be dull. If you read in your living room, switch to the bedroom. If you typically read at home, switch to a cafe or public park. You’d be amazed at how much a change in location helps with reading!
- Take time to appreciate the book hangover. Book hangovers are real, folks. The really great books I’ve read have left me with the longest book hangovers. It’s not at all like a real hangover. It’s the term I like to use to describe the feeling after finishing a book that leaves you a little lost, wanting a bit more, and, for the love of God, you just can’t stop thinking about that book! If you try to jump into a new book right away, you risk overloading your brain, so bask in it for a little while!
Anyway, if you avid readers have any tips, please leave them! I’m always on the hunt for some, especially when it comes to book burnout, because my TBR list seems to keep growing and growing!