Whatever it is, there is hope. Seven tricks that you can try to get that old loving feeling back:
1. Speed Date 10 BooksGet ten books off the library shelf and read the first few pages/chapter. Keep going through the stack until you find one that interests you. If you need to grab a second or third stack, have no shame in doing so!
If you read print books, try an audio book or a graphic novel. Audio books give a different feeling with someone narrating the story (especially if it comes with a whole cast of voice actors). Graphic novels can grab you instantly just by the artwork even before you get into the story line. Even better, you can finish a graphic novel in a few hours, so you can finish it quickly.
2. Try a New Format
3. Get Spoilers for Books You Don't Want to ReadWe all have genres that we do not enjoy, but you need to know about them for readers' advisory. Utilizing Goodreads or Spoilers, Sweetie to get spoilers on those boring books will free you up to read your favorite genres - and stop making reading feel like homework.
4. Talk to Friends for RecommendationsTalk to your friends and colleagues to see if they have any books to recommend. If you aren't sure what genres you even want to read, just ask for any books that they weren't able to put down. Chances are, not everyone will have the same tastes as you, but you might be lucky and find a few readers you can count on for good recommendations for years to come.
5. Follow Podcasts that Talk about New BooksThere are a lot of podcasts (like All the Books) out there which essentially give a lot of book talks about new books coming out. If you listen long enough, you'll eventually hear about a book that'll spark your curiosity. As for all of the other books, well, you're now ahead on RA.
6. Look for Books Similar to your Favorite TV Shows and MoviesDo you find yourself preferring to watch TV or a movie instead of reading? Research your favorites and see if they are based on real books (many of them are) and check the original cannon out of the library. If no luck there, see if someone created a similar reads list based on the TV shows or on books that the characters would likely enjoy.
Go ahead, and pull out that beloved book that you have enjoyed in the past. Nostalgia is a powerful tool, tap into it to pull yourself out of the slump. If it happens to be a classic (for me, it is Pride and Prejudice), see if there are adaptations and fun inspirations.
7. Reread Your Favorite Book
Hopefully, one of these tricks will work for you. If not, maybe a break is exactly what you need right now!