Top Ten Tuesday: Stories to Reach for When You’re In a Slump

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.Β and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump.” I don’t know a bookworm who hasn’t experienced a reading slump before. I’m one of the lucky ones and my reading slumps don’t usually last longer than a week. I don’t have a magical formula to cure this common ailment as time seems to be the best medicine for me, but I have found that picking up shorter stories in whatever form is usually pretty helpful if I want to push through a slump. Here are ten graphic novels, novellas, short novels, and books of poetry (including novels in verse) that I’d recommend anyone who finds themselves in a slump, but who wants to pick up something short. Covers are linked to Goodreads.


What kind of books do you pick up when you are in a slump? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

68 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Stories to Reach for When You’re In a Slump

  1. I’ve seen “Ms Marvel” around a lot but since I don’t read comics, I’ve not picked it up. Still… it sounds fun, so maybe someday I’ll pick it up for that rainy day when I don’t want to read something too involved. πŸ™‚

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  2. I saw a lot of Seanan McGuire during short story week. I’m pretty lucky in that I generally can find something that I want to read, but short stories are a good idea. I haven’t tried any graphic novels yet but I’ve seen a few that look really adorable.

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  3. The entire Wayward Children companion series is perfect for curing reading slumps! They’re short but have such a unique and engaging premise that I just fly through them πŸ˜€

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  4. I know that I disliked Anya’s Ghost. What did you like about it, or how did it pull you out of a slump? There truly are a TON of graphic novels that make me a happy reader. They are often more moving more quickly due to limited space and use of images. I re-read The Rabbi’s Cat and Lenore: The Cute Little Dead Girl fairly often.

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  5. I LOVED The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and Every Heart A Doorway, too (though, the rest of the books in that series were hit or miss for me). I’m planning on reading Monstress! I’ve heard lots of good things about it, and several people have recommended it. πŸ™‚

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  6. I still haven’t read The Ocean at the End of the Lane (or The Graveyard Book actually… or just about anything else by Neil Gailman, despite the fact that I suspect his writing would be something I’d really like…) Somehow it just never seemed to be the right time? I’ve also heard really good things about The Poet X!

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  7. Now I want to go and analyze the length of the slump busters I listed, though, contemporary books tend to run 300-400, so on the shorter side (compared to SFF books). The Poet X was fantastic, and the ending was really positive. I definitely felt good at the end of that book.

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  8. I totally agree about Anya’s Ghost and The Poet X! I love both of those. I haven’t read Ms. Marvel yet but it’s been on my TBR for a while. Thanks for the recommendations!

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  9. I tend to go back to old favourites when I hit a slump. Most of them are classics because I tend to look for something a bit slow paced, but if I need a book that requires not much concentration I re-read. Then again, when a reading slump hits I tend to just let them be!

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