5 Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump!
I’m an avid reader, especially of YA contemporary and science fiction. But lately, I just haven’t felt like reading, and I think it’s happening to a lot of people these months: after the summery new reads and releases, there comes a moment of publishing silence and you don’t feel like reading anything at all.
Another reason for lack of reading is that there are millions of books in existence, but only a handful are the kind that stay in your heart, the kind that grab you and slingshot you to another universe, and you lose yourself into the pages until time doesn’t pass anymore and all that matters is the story. Trouble is, these kind of books are hard to find and once it’s been a while without them you get bored and maybe even give up on reading.
All this combined doesn’t make you feel like reading anymore, which is a shame because books are wonderful and let you live a million existences, experience things you may never encounter in real life and examine aspects of your life you never thought of as important.
And now, let me list 5 books which got me out of the reading slump, made me re-gain my love of reading and prevented me from saluting my ‘bookworm’ nickname goodbye. Note: I have written separate reviews of some of these books on my blog, so make sure to check them out!
1. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertelli
If you haven’t yet heard of/read this book, I wonder how you’re still alive. An amazing story, this bestselling novel was turned into a movie named ‘Love, Simon’ this spring and its pretty amazing. ‘Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ is the story of Simon, a closeted gay teen who finds himself in an email relationship with another closeted gay teen called Blue, and as they become closer someone starts blackmailing Simon. This novel is great, with vivid emotions and characters which seem real, and I can't wait to read the sequel ‘Leah on the Offbeat’!
2. Willful Machines by Tim Floreen
Another LGBTQ+ story, this novel is about a closeted teen in the not-so-distant future called Lee. He is a tech geek (which I love), son of the President who isn’t very pro-LGBTQ+, and falls in love with a very outgoing and outrageous and ‘out’ Spanish guy called Nico. As much as the central focus is their hidden romance, they also have so many more things to worry about. This period of time is a mess: a machine called Charlotte has taken control of the web, is now terrorizing America and Lee realizes he may be Charlotte’s next target. This is a thrilling read, full of plot twists which keep you hooked till the end. Highly recommended!
3. A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews
This book. Oh my god, this book. I admit, this wasn’t an easy read because of the main character Beck’s (very) abusive mother. This story is really intense, with Beck, the main character, being forced to play piano until he breaks. Everything about this book was emotional, from the music descriptions to vivid thoughts, to his love for his sister, to the laugh-out-loud moments throughout the book to August. August. August is this amazing and outgoing and wonderfully weird classmate who skips into Beck’s life and captures his introverted heart. May I just mention they are so, so cute together? So yeah. Romance. Music. Love. Hate. Life. Read it.
4. The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon
This contemporary romance novel is the perfect read for anyone who wants to relax and enjoy a book to the fullest. Natasha and Daniel are two very unique characters, and I liked how we got to see their personal lives, their relationships with other people and their dreams (and fears) for the future. A one-day love story, this novel follows these two strangers who meet and, after a couple of harsh words, end up spending the rest of the day together. It has lots of racial diversity, as it is the story of a Korean guy and a Jamaican girl who fall in love. I loved how different their personalities were and how they complemented each other. This was amazing, and I strongly suggest it. And the ending! The ending is wonderful.
5. Finding Ruby Starling by Karen Rivers
I have no idea how many times I’ve re-read this book. It’s great! The novel is about two twins called Ruth and Ruby who find each other on the Internet, and it is the collection of emails between them and their friends and families. I loved how the reader gets to uncover their stories and the personality of all the characters shine through. This is a mostly relaxing read, where you drift on and discover the quirks of the characters and the secrets of their past *drumroll*.
So, this is it: I hope at least one of these books caught your eye, and that you’ll give them a chance to get you out of the post-summer reading slump. Enjoy!