How to Break out of a Reading Rut

It might be the little online community I have cultivated (I’m a total book-nerd), but it seems like everyone I know sets the intention to read more at the beginning of the new year. Whether you’ve determined a certain number of books you want to read, or just expressed a general desire to put your phone down and pick up a book, I hear you. I’m right there with you.

Time for some #shelfiesunday aka my current reading stack. Can You Keep A Secret is one of those books I have to read every summer because I just love it so much. I've also been convinced to go back to reading YA fiction because of To All The Boys I've Loved Before. Oh how I've missed having time to read a hundred books a summer. #bookstagram #summer:

For me, reading is usually a top priority. I read a lot. And yet, I still find seasons of life in which I lapse into reading ruts. When nothing sticks, and all of a sudden, a month has gone by and I have no books to show for it. A rut can happen for any number of reasons – nothing is living up to the last great book I’ve read, I can’t find a book to fit the season, or Netflix is slowly taking over every minute of my spare time – but there is always a way out. It’s a matter of reading the right book at the right time.  If you’re looking to bust out of a reading rut, these are my tried and true genres that are sure to get you flipping pages faster and faster.


There is a time and a place for reading something deep, meaningful, and life-changing. Busting out of a reading rut is not that time. This is the time for something fast-paced that you won’t want to put down.

The one you’ve heard of: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

The one you haven’t: The Look of Love by Sarah Jio


I read once that the reason people love young adult (“YA”) books is precisely because they’re written to appeal to teenagers. Teenagers have big feelings, and a hyperbolic sense of the world (“The is the best. Day. Ever!”), and books for young adults reflect that. They’re so full of passion, it’s hard not to get addicted to them.

The one you’ve heard of: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

The one you haven’t: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

My Year As:

Getting a glimpse into someone else’s life is truly fascinating to me. It could be someone well known, but more often than not, I love seeing what happens in the lives of other ordinary people. One of my favorite genres that has popped up everywhere lately is the, “my year as ___,” in which the author undertakes some kind of project for a year, and documents the changes in his or her own life. I always finish these books feeling inspired.

The one you’ve heard of: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

The one you haven’t: Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

The one that’s about to come out that I desperately need: Year of No Clutter by Eve O. Schaub

Books with Short Chapters:

This might be my all time favorite category in terms of getting back in the habit of reading. Books with short chapters help you feel like you’re moving incredibly quickly through whatever it is that you’re reading. Before you know it, you’ve finished a whole book, and you’re ready to move on to the next.

The one you’ve heard of: I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

The one you haven’t: Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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