Five Books To Snap You Out Your Reading Funk

A reading slump – every bookworms worst nightmare. You’re standing looking at your TBR and nothing is standing out to you. You read a book, get a few pages in and your mind can’t focus. It is the worst, especially for us book bloggers! I’ve found myself in a real book slump in the tail end of last year and I was so frustrated. There are books I have read that I know would be perfect for anyone struggling in a reading funk and thought I would share them. I hope I’ve managed to cover a few genres that people will enjoy…

If you like a thriller …

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelidis is one of the best thrillers I’ve read in a while. Most thrillers are marketed with the usual ‘Gone Girl meets Girl On The Train’ but this one really is unique. I haven’t come across anything similar. Alisha looks like she has a perfect life – a career as an artist and a happy marriage. But, when she shoots her husband dead, Alisha never talks again. Theo, a psychotherapist, is adamant he can get Alisha to open up and is desperate to be assigned to her case. The ending blew me away and it was so well written, that I’m not surprised it will be getting made into a movie. If you’re in a reading funk and a thriller fan, this is one for you.

If you like women’s fiction…

One of my favourite books I’ve read for a few years has been The Seven Husband of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. It was my first book by the much loved Taylor Jenkins Reid and it wasn’t my last. Her writing style is slick and easy to read. This book follows Monique, working for a magazine and given the opportunity to interview Evelyn Hugo – a huge movie star from the silver screen era. When Monique meets Evelyn, she propositions her to write her life story. Monique cannot understand why she has been chosen but agrees, learning all about the glamorous life of Evelyn, her career, relationships and life after Hollywood. This one will have you hooked. It is one of those books you could easily devour in one sitting and TJR is a master of her craft.

If you like romance…

Confession – I don’t read romance books often. It is probably the one genre I find so predictable that I just can’t seem to enjoy any of the books because my mind is jumping ahead constantly. One book I made the exception for in 2018 was The Kiss Quotient by HelenĀ Hoang and you can read my full review here. It is a steamy, fun novel I’m glad I picked up.

If you like family dramas …

I know I love reading about dysfunctional families and The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney fits the bill. I read this on my holiday to the Middle East and finished it before the plane landed. We follow the Plumb family – Leo, Jack, Melody and Beatrice – as they face their own struggles. When Leo, the family playboy, crashes his car and goes into rehab, the family inheritance is used and as it is slashed, it raises financial woes for the other siblings. It is a fast-paced, fun read that had a great ending. I always recommend this one to people.

If you like quirky characters…

An oldie but a goodie, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison is a great book with a very quirky protagonist called Don. He has his whole life planned out and is very methodical but when Rosie gatecrashes his life, he finds himself in the midst of chaos – something he cannot stand. It is a humorous book that will have you laughing. Don is so loveable and there is a follow up I’ve yet to read but hope to soon.

So those are my five books to help you out of your reading rut. These won’t be for everyone but they certainly worked for me and I enjoyed each and every one. I’d love to hear what books have helped you beat a reading slump below or you can tweet or Insta message me. Thanks for reading.

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