If you are an avid reader like myself, you may be familiar with the dreaded reading slump. Typically for me, it comes after a few weeks of non-stop reading, where I just can’t seem to pick up another book. I have faced this issue before, and here are five of the books that have helped me to get over a reading slump.
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
The first book, People We Meet on Vacation, is a friends-to-lovers, romantic comedy that I hold very dear to my heart. It has the perfect balance of funny and warm moments that tug on the heartstrings. Emily Henry is one of my favorite authors, her writing is honestly unmatched and it is evident within both of her books. She is able to make the characters Poppy and Alex seem so real and genuine, and really allow the reader to connect with them. I absolutely loved this book, and there is a reason why it’s as popular as it is. This is definitely the book for you if you are looking for something romantic that will put a smile on your face while simultaneously making you laugh.
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
The next book is a completely different type of read. It is dark, mysterious, and there are tons of twists and turns throughout the entire storyline. If you like more of a serious read, this one’s for you. It follows multiple points of view of individuals at an exclusive celebrity wedding off the coast of Ireland. When a body turns up in the middle of the wedding, chaos erupts as the stories of each individual come together. The book was a page-turner, and something very different than I was used to reading but I adored the character development throughout. I highly recommend reading this if you are looking for something that will be hard to put down.
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
Another vastly differing novel is In Five Years by Rebecca Serle. This book had me sobbing by the time I put it down, finishing the entire thing in only one night. It is beautifully written, with the transitions of flashbacks and flashforwards. I loved the entire plot, and the characters were so well written I felt like I actually knew them in real life. After having a dream about her life five years in the future, the protagonist struggles with her day-to-day life. This novel incorporates romance, heartbreak, and friendship into a gem of a book. The emotions evoked within this novel were great.
Verity by Colleen Hoover
This novel follows a struggling author who accepts a job offer that will change her life. It starts out with a bang (literally), and continues with tons of plot twists. The story is bone-chilling, and actually scared me while reading. If you are looking for a thriller that you won’t be able to put down, this is the book for you. It incorporates romance, murder, and mystery into one. Colleen Hoover is an excellent writer, and if you are not so keen on spooky stories, you should check out her other romance novels.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
The final book I recommend is Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. This book has everything you can imagine in one engaging story- romance, drama, murder, family struggles, and more. A New York Times Bestseller, and rightfully so, it follows the survival of a young girl who faces abandonment her entire life. Once again there is a reason this book has been raved about so much. The writing is out of this world, Delia Owens is extremely talented. This novel is an empowering, thoughtful story that I believe everyone should get a chance to read.