Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Slump Cure Recommendations

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for August 21st, 2018 is: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump. For this list I’ve chosen the books that are light-hearted, quick reads from a variety of genres, so this works as a recommendations post more than books that have worked for me personally. This list is also great if you’re a beginner and need some general book recommendations that are easy to read. I’ve read and enjoyed all of them, so I hope you do as well!

TTT 8_21_2018

Geekerella by Ashley Poston (Young adult contemporary)

  • retelling of Cinderella in a modern setting
  • ode to fandom culture
  • feel good book
  • can be read in one sitting
  • diverse (POC main character, f/f romance)

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (Middle grade mythopoeia)

  • Greek mythology in a modern setting
  • diverse cast of characters with good mental health rep (ADHD)
  • epic quest plotline
  • funny narration
  • cool demigod powers

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Adult crime fiction)

  • island setting
  • interesting mix of characters
  • suspenseful till the last page
  • quick read
  • excellent audiobook

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry (Children’s illustrated novella)

  • little boy with a spaceship travels the universe
  • short and quick
  • easy and child-like language
  • philosophical with good moral message
  • wonderful illustrations

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (Young adult historical fiction)

  • grand tour of Europe
  • cute m/m romance
  • diverse characters with great representation
  • light-hearted and fun
  • A+ audiobook narration

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Adult thriller)

  • page-turner
  • easy to read
  • intriguing plot
  • secret societies
  • shocking revelations

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (Young adult fantasy novella)

  • quick read
  • murder mystery
  • school setting
  • good diverse representation
  • excellent world-building

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome (Adult humour)

  • rich descriptions of the English setting
  • plenty of historical information
  • doubles as a travel guide
  • laugh-out-loud and wholesome jokes
  • also includes a dog

The Castafiore Emerald  by Hergé (Mystery graphic novel)

  • several moments of comic relief
  • unique plot style compared to the rest of the series
  • theft mystery
  • celebrity drama
  • Romani gypsy representation (*accuracy unknown)

Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman (Inspirational non-fiction)

  • Gaiman’s speech in book form
  • designed by Chip Kidd
  • motivational
  • funny
  • quick read


Which is your go-to book when you’re in a reading slump? What books would you recommend to others? Let me know in the comments section below.

18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Slump Cure Recommendations

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  2. Geekerella sounds like such a fun read, I’ve been hearing tons of great things about it, I’ll have to give it a try at some point 😀 I tend to go towards sweet and fluffy contemporaries whenever I’m feeling a bit slumpy and they always work wonders for me, but… I’m a contemporary lover at heart haha 🙂
    Lovely list! 🙂

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    1. Yes, if you’re craving fluffy contemporary, Geekerella is perfect! ❤ As I’m not that much into contemporary, I really liked it, but I’m not sure how it would work for a “veteran”, so to speak. 😅 Anway, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 😊
      Thank you, Marie! ❤

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    1. I re-read both this year and I loved them just the same mostly because I’d forgotten everything lol. I was short on time and kinda not in mood, which is why I chose to do it with bullet points. 😅 I’m so happy to hear that you liked it! Thanks a lot! 😊

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    1. It’s more about creating anything rather than the ‘art’ we think of but it’s great! Yup, I love me some middle grade. ❤ MG fantasy never fails for me, usually because I’m selective about the books I choose and read them at the right time. 😊

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