How to Snap Out of a Reading Funk + My January TBR

How to Snap Out of a Reading Funk + My January TBR

I feel like I’ve talked about this endlessly. I’m a little ashamed that I didn’t read as much as I would like in 2016. In fact, I don’t think I read anything when Fall semester started. But 2017 is the year to change that; I’m determined. But first, I have to get into the reading mood. This funk has got to go away, or else 2017 will just be another repeat of 2016.

We've all been there, we want to read but we just can't. So check out this post to get out of your reading funk! // #books #book #bookblog

So here are a few thinks I’ve done to get out of a reading funk in the past. They’ve always worked before!

Six Ways to Get Out of a Reading Funk

  1. Re-read an old favorite. All you have to do is grab your favorite book, get cozy, and start reading. And, trust me, it works every time. By making yourself read a book that you already know you love, it’ll be easier to delve into reading again! It’s like meeting up with an old friend: comforting and familiar.
  2. Go to a bookstore or a library. This is what inspired me to get back into reading! My boyfriend recently took my to Barnes and Nobles on a date. I can’t even remember the last time I’ve been in a bookstore! Being surrounded by all of those books definitely got me in a reading mood. If you haven’t been to one in a while, I highly suggest going to see if it sparks the reading mojo in you. It might just snap you straight out of your reading funk!
  3. Buy some books! There’s nothing like being able to call a book yours. This always gets me out of a reading funk! Just think about browsing all the shelves of a bookstore– there’s a certain child-like giddiness that comes along with it. The whole process gets me excited to go home and start reading. If you don’t have money to spend on books, the library is a free alternative!
  4. Organize your book collection. You’ll be cleaning and getting in the mood to read at the same time. Talk about killing two birds with one stone. There’s something about handling all your old books and putting them back in their homes that is totally inspiring. This is one of the easiest ways to get out of a reading funk. (Besides, how awesome would looking at beautiful shelves be?!)
  5. Make a TBR list. A TBR list is a list of books you want to read. Don’t make it too long, or else it can be a little overwhelming to see a massive list of books. I like to make my lists monthly, so my list would only include one or two books. In my experience, writing down lists makes me so much more likely to accomplish everything I want. Keep reading for my January TBR list!
  6. Carry books around. In my experience, if I had a book in my bookbag, I’m more likely to read before and in between class than mindlessly scroll through my phone. This is why I actually don’t have a problem with e-readers! I love my nook and love readinhg on my phone! Of course, nothing beats a physical copy, but you can’t deny how easy it is to always have tons of books around you at all times!

January TBR

Here are some of the books I’m planning on reading this month!


The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay. This is one of the books I picked up at Barnes and Nobles! The cover seemed interesting and, after reading the summary, I was intrigued. From what I’ve seen, it’s about a girl who’s so desperate to fit in and be with a crowd that she’s willing to do a lot of dumb things. I hope I end up liking it!

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. I also picked this up from Barnes and Nobles. I’m not sure I’ll have time to finish it, though. But, if not, I’ll move this book to February! The summary was so interesting and I’ve been dying to read Gillian Flynn’s books.

Let Get Reading

Aaah, books! I love making these plans; talking about books always gets me excited. I’m too busy right now preparing for New Years and packing to move back to college. I don’t have time to read yet, but I will soon!

Feel free to add me as a friend on Goodreads if you want to be reading buddies! We can motivate each other to read. 🙂

Do you have any reading goals for 2017? What books are you looking to read during January? And have you ever been in a reading funk like me? They’re hard to get out of, but it’s very doable!



Published by Joanne
I'm Joanne, an eighteen year old college student living in rainy, rainy Florida. On this blog, you can find a collection of all my random thoughts and maybe some actually helpful college advice here and there.

4 thoughts on “How to Snap Out of a Reading Funk + My January TBR

  1. The Assassin Game sounds so cool (definitely adding that to my to-read list). I’m hoping tossing a book in my bag this semester will help me read a lot more! 🙂

    • It was an alright book! If you like YA, then it’s pretty decent as far as YA books go; nothing overtly cringey and eye-roll worthy. I didn’t like it as much because I didn’t expect it to be so YA (I thought it would be a little more horror/thrill for some reason) but if I didn’t go into it without expectations I would have liked it more!

      And definitely having a book always available has made me want to read more! I’d always reach for it instead of my phone between breaks. 🙂

  2. I used to read all the time in high school but have had difficulties picking up my old fav habit in college…I’m going to buy a book or two this week and hope for the best this semester! On another note, Dark Places is SO good. It kept me up at night, not only because it was so addicting, but because it was honestly chilling. I’m not one to be scared by a book, but this one definitely did the job! I really hope you get to read it, and that you reach all your reading goals this month 🙂

    • I completely understand! I didn’t read at all last semester and that kind of bums me out. I used to love reading 🙁 Good luck with all your reading goals! I hope this semester is different for you and you find time to read more!

      And thank you for your review! I’ve heard so many good things about it and I’m excited to read it through!

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