Have you ever been in a reading slump? It's the worst! Sometimes I get in them if I just finished an incredible book and nothing seems to compare (Hello, Where the Crawdads Sing!) and sometimes I get in them for seemingly no reason at all! If you're itching to get back to your regular reading schedule but can't seem to find a book that satisfies you, check out these 11 reading slump busting books!

11 Books to Bust Your Reading Slump

March 11, 2020

Have you ever been in a reading slump? It's the worst! Sometimes I get in them if I just finished an incredible book and nothing seems to compare (Hello, Where the Crawdads Sing!) and sometimes I get in them for seemingly no reason at all! If you're itching to get back to your regular reading schedule but can't seem to find a book that satisfies you, check out these 11 reading slump busting books!

11 Books to Bust Your Reading Slump

March 11, 2020

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Have you ever been in a reading slump? It's the worst! Sometimes I get in them if I just finished an incredible book and nothing seems to compare (Hello, Where the Crawdads Sing!) and sometimes I get in them for seemingly no reason at all!   If you're itching to get back to your regular reading schedule but can't seem to find a book that satisfies you, check out these 11 reading slump busting books!

Have you ever been in a reading slump? It’s the worst! Sometimes I get in them if I just finished an incredible book and nothing seems to compare (Hello, Where the Crawdads Sing!) and sometimes I get in them for seemingly no reason at all!

If you’re itching to get back to your regular reading schedule but can’t seem to find a book that satisfies you, check out these 11 slump busting books!

Just a heads up, this post contains affiliate links—that means I get a small commission of any sales made from the links below, but the price is the same for you whether you purchase via my link or directly from Amazon 🙂

1. The Cheerleaders

Author: Kara Thomas

Genre: Young Adult | Psychological Thriller

Summary: In The Cheerleaders, a series of tragic events—all in the same month and on the same street—takes the lives of five cheerleaders. However, there’s no clear understanding of what actually caused their deaths.

Now, five years laters, Monica is searching for justice for her sister, one of the cheerleaders who died. She starts to suspect the way the stories are portrayed are not how they actually occurred. She takes on the almost impossible task of figuring out what happened all those years before, losing herself in the search.


2. Where the Crawdads Sing

Author: Delia Owens

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Summary: Where the Crawdads Sing is a coming-of-age story about a girl named Kya Clark who grows up in the marsh of North Carolina.

Left by her mother when she was only six, her brothers and sisters the years following, and then eventually her father, she has no choice but to figure out how to do life completely secluded and on her own.

Despite only going to school one day in her entire life, Kya is smart and sensitive. She has sharp insights about the world and people. She’s been abandoned, ridiculed, and on the receiving end of prejudices no one—especially a child—should have to endure, yet she’s still fascinated by life.

Kya is a brilliant character who will melt your heart. And just when you think you’re starting to understand her, she throws you for loop after loop.


3. The Wife Between Us

Author: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Summary: The Wife Between Us is told from both Nellie and Vanessa—two vastly different woman involved with the same man.

Nellie is a young preschool teacher who’s nervous about her upcoming wedding.

Vanessa is a middle-aged personal stylist who’s determined to stop the wedding.

Even though they have nothing in common—in fact, their agendas seem to be the antithesis of each others’—their story lines merge and twist in a way that will make you binge from the first page.


4. Circe

Author: Madeline Miller

Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Epics

Summary: A retelling of the most beloved and enticing mythology tales, Circe is a modern-day epic that would make even Homer proud.

Circe is the daughter of Helios, god of the sun and a mighty Titan. She’s the “strangest of his children”, possessing little allure, little strength, and a voice that makes the others cringe.

Yet, Circe is filled with compassion and empathy, something none of her other family members can claim. Driven by an insatiable curiosity of mortals, Circe realizes her place might not actually be with the hardened Titans she was born into.

In a desperate attempt to turn a mortal man into a god so they can be in love forever, Circe realizes she may have power after all—the power of witchcraft.

Banished to an island to live in seclusion for eternity, Circe uses her inner strength to develop her outer magic. Throughout her journey, she encounters some of the most famous figures in mythology, including the Minotaur, Icarus, Odysseus, Hermes, and Helen of Troy’s sister Penelope.

Circe’s tale is full of adventure, turmoil, and woe, but also of self-discovery, grace, and love.


5. We Were Liars

Author: e. Lockhart

Genre: Young Adult

Summary: We Were Liars is the story of Cady, a very sad and damaged girl. She’s also very sick, forced to stay home, bedridden and in the dark, in order to deal with the debilitating headaches she’s been getting since that summer.

The story shuffles back and forth between Cady’s present day and a past summer spent in the Northeast with her family a few years before. Cady no longer partakes in her family’s decadent summers spent on their private island, her grandfather, her mother, and both of her aunts each with their own mansions.

As Cady’s story of that summer is told, we learn of her love for her cousins and a close family friend, the group that called themselves “The Liars”.

During that summer, the Liars devise a plan to break down the grand rule of Cady’s grandfather. Except, the plan doesn’t go anything like they hoped. And worst of all—Cady can’t remember any of it.


6. The Woman in the Window

Author: A.J. Finn

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Summary: In The Woman in the Window, Anna Fox is an agoraphobe, unable to leave her house due to debilitating fear and anxiety of open faces.

But Anna makes the best of her shut in status. She drinks wine, reads books, is active in chatrooms, watches movies, and spies on her neighbors, which has turned into her favorite way to spend her time.

But one day, she sees something she shouldn’t. And worse than that, she can’t do anything about it. As she starts to look deeper into the horrible crime she witnessed, she starts to doubt herself, beginning to think nothing really happened and it was just the wine and the paranoia talking.


7. She Regrets Nothing

Author: Andrea Dunlop

Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Women’s Fiction

Summary: In She Regrets Nothing, Layla has lived a quiet life in Michigan. But when her mother passes, Layla is shocked to learn she has an entire family she never knew about.

Leaving her old life behind, Layla jets off to New York City, quickly becoming immersed in the decadent life her extended family has always enjoyed.

As Layla gets to know her estranged family better, she starts to learn of the scandal that originaly cut her and her mother off from them. But Layla is no longer accepting that fate—she’s taking it into her own hands to get the life she thinks was unfairly taken from her.

The harder Layla tries to break into the riches and glamor of her new world, the more it pulls away from her. In order to keep up with the fast pace, Layla has to take extreme measures, becoming someone she barely recognizes.


8. Yes Please

Author: Amy Poehler

Genre: Nonfiction | Memoir

Summary: Yes Please is Amy Poehler’s first book. In it, she talks of her rise to stardom and the lessons she’s learned—some easily and some not so easily.

Of course, Amy’s biting hilarity is present the whole time as she shares general life advice and some very entertaining stories of motherhood, marriage, divorce, and the struggles of a woman trying to forge a career as a comic.


9. Sweetbitter

Author: Stephanie Danler

Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Women’s Fiction

Summary: Sweetbitter is the story of 22-year-old Tess, a New York City runaway. Alone and broke, she takes a job at the first restaurant she comes across—one of the city’s most cut-throat and elite establishments.

She’s thrown into an unknown world of exquisite food, expensive wine, and reckless men. As she learns to navigate the fast-paced world she’s gotten herself involved in, she learns who she is, what she wants, and most importantly, what she doesn’t.


10. My Sister’s Keeper

Author: Jodi Picoult

Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Women’s Fiction

Summary: If it weren’t for Kate’s life-threatening illness, Anna wouldn’t exist. In My Sister’s Keeper, Anna was conceived by preimplantation genetic diagnosis—meaning her genetic makeup was specifically designed to be a bone marrow match for her sister Kate.

For her entire life, Anna has been the provider of healthy blood and marrow for Kate, whose body is barely surviving her battle with Leukemia.

Anna has never questioned her role before, but suddenly she’s starting to fight against the assumption that she’ll always be willing to give pieces of herself to save her sister’s life.

The story starts out with Anna in a lawyer’s office, inquiring how to go about getting emancipated in order to finally have a say over her own body and fate.


11. The Night Olivia Fell

Author: Christina McDonald

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Summary: In The Night Olivia Fell, Abi, Olivia’s mother, rushes to the hospital to find her seventeen-year-old-daughter brain dead and hooked to life support after falling from a bridge earlier that night.

Unable to process the news, Abi is pushed into deeper shock when the doctor informs her that Olivia can’t be taken off life support—it’s illegal to do so when the patient is pregnant.

Even though the doctors are painting the fall as an accident, Abi is certain her perfect, rule-abiding daughter was the victim of a horrible crime. Now, it’s up to Abi to unravel the pieces of the past 6 months and figure out who was after her daughter.

As she learns the details of her daughter’s last good days, she also learns Olivia was not the good girl she seemed to be.


What books have gotten you out of reading slumps? Share them in the comments below!



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  1. Anna says:

    I’m not sure if they’re on your list or if you’ve read them, but I recommend “my absolute Darling” by Gabriel TALLENT, “SAPIENS” by yuval Noah Harari for a non fiction read, and “Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson. All of them brilliantly WRITTEN!

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MY NAME'S KELSEY AND I'M A BOOK SLUT

Categories

Would I say my reading addiction is a problem?

Would you consider the fact that I've blown my daughter's future college fund on new books an issue? Cool, me either. I knew we'd be friends.

BOOK Lists

KINDLE DIRECT PUBLISHING

CHICK LIT WRITING ADVICE

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The best of Wilmington

How to host a wine tasting

Decorating with Flowers

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