Try these tips for escaping reading slumps

It is important over winter break for students to continue reading. Not only does it help improve your school reading, but it’s also a fun hobby that can also reduce your screen time on your phone. Sometimes, however, people experience reading slumps. A reading slump is a period in time where you just don’t feel like reading even if you typically enjoy it.

First, reading is very beneficial over breaks and even weekends. Peet librarian Leah Cahill said, “Practice and repetition help students improve reading skills so making sure kids read over breaks can ensure that they continue to improve. It’s also great to take a break from technology, especially in our technology-heavy world.”

Most teenagers have large amounts of screen time on social media. Many studies have found an increase in depression and anxiety due to social media. Cahill said, “Having an opportunity away from these platforms and instead engaging in a book can be much better for mental health. Also, if you find the right book it could be more enjoyable than spending time scrolling.”

Cahill said,  “I suggest reading a fast paced read when you are in a slump. A lot of times a good mystery that grips you from the first page. Dystopian books are another great option.” 

Some books she recommends are The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, We Were Liars by Lockhart, and Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon.

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