5 Books To Help Get You Out Of A Reading Slump


Hi Loves,

I caught the reading bug this year … and it hit hard!

When I was lifeguarding in high school, I used to read a ton and as I got older I didn’t make it as much of a priority. Of course, there were books that I loved, but nothing that truly inspired me to start reading again. I wanted to highlight the books that have gotten me out of a reading slump. You know it’s a great read when you are keeping your partner up from laughing so much – or even inspiring him to get into reading (yes, that really did happen).

5 Books That Inspired Me To Read Again:

  1. American Babe – Babe WalkerIf you have never read a Babe Walker book, drop what you are doing right now, go to Amazon and “Prime” yourself any of her books. American Babe is the third book in her series White Girl Problems but does not have to be read in a certain order. Babe will have you cracking up for hours on end and feeling so close to her relatable characters. American Babe is the perfect poolside read.

“After a freak accident that was definitely not Babe’s fault, her estranged mother offers her the perfect escape from LA: an invite to her grandfather’s eightieth birthday party in Maryland, of all places. Babe’s journey throws her headlong into elementary school classrooms full of small, unfashionable people and pizza buffet restaurants that will haunt her nightmares and eventually back to Los Angeles, thank goodness. Tossed together with her cousins—basic preteen Cara and mature and preternaturally stylish Knox—Babe learns that connecting with someone on an intimate, familial level might be the most rewarding experience there is… Besides being thin, of course.” -Babe Walker


2. Call Me By Your Name – André Aciman

I have a love/hate relationship with this book, but I will say it’s one of the reasons why I re-fell in love with reading again. Prior to reading this book, I had tried watching the movie version of it with Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer. Well, I made the big mistake of watching it on a plane… never again – it’s just a wee bit provocative to watch in front of a lot of people. If you have seen the movie, it probably didn’t all add up, or somewhere along the line, things got confusing.

You have to read this book. The characters are so developed and the plot leaves you wanting more. It’s quite possibly one of the greatest love stories ever told. It is a bit romantically descriptive and will leave you with emotions all over the place.

“Andre Aciman’s Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them. Recklessly, the two verge toward the one thing both fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. It is an instant classic and one of the great love stories of our time.” – Amazon


3. The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin

There are very few books that I can say have changed my life. This is one of them. For almost two months, I read a few pages of this book everyday and challenged myself to create my own happiness project. This year has been extremely difficult for me and this book helped me find pieces of happiness each day. I have digested a lot of self-help books and I would say that this is the only one you need to read.

“Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.” -Amazon


4. Happier at Home – Gretchen Rubin

After falling head-over-heels for Gretchen’s first book, not to mention she’s a Kansas City raised gal, I had to get my hands on the second. Bryce’s mom actually had this book and mailed it to me. After reading both, I would say that Happier at Home will leave you with a lot of deep-provoking thoughts about life. It will have you questioning everything in the best way possible. Heads up: it is geared more for adults with children, but I found it extremely interesting.

“In The Happiness Project, she worked out general theories of happiness. Here she goes deeper on factors that matter for home, such as possessions, marriage, time, and parenthood. How can she control the cubicle in her pocket? How might she spotlight her family’s treasured possessions? And it really was time to replace that dud toaster.” -Amazon


5. The Chelsea Girls – Fiona Davis

I have never read a book so fast until reading The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis. The beginning of this book is a little slow, but it traps you in. I couldn’t get over the many twists and turns that this book holds. If you are into historical politics and the theatre scene, you will adore this!

“From the dramatic redbrick facade to the sweeping staircase dripping with art, the Chelsea Hotel has long been New York City’s creative oasis for the many artists, writers, musicians, actors, filmmakers, and poets who have called it home—a scene playwright Hazel Riley and actress Maxine Mead are determined to use to their advantage. Yet they soon discover that the greatest obstacle to putting up a show on Broadway has nothing to do with their art, and everything to do with politics.” -Fiona Davis

Sometimes all it takes is the right book to get us back on our feet or feel like we can do anything. Let me know if you have read of any of these books and your thoughts on them! Comment below a book that has helped you get out of a reading slump or re-inspired you!

Until next time, Spread Kindness.




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