I’ve recently been in a HUGE reading slump. It’s been almost two months since I finished a book I was reading for my own entertainment. I don’t know about y’all, but when I’m forced to read something for school that I have no interest in at all, I end up not wanting to read at all. Period. Sometimes it gets to the point where I question if I even still like to read (which is a big problem for me as an English major); however, I have found a few books that no matter how long I had been in the slump, they helped me get back up.
3. An Ember In the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
I had been in a reading slump for about three months before I read this and I actually think that it was BECAUSE of this book that I was in it. I had been anxiously awaiting this to come out for months prior to it’s release, but when the release date came, I didn’t have the funds to buy it and had to wait for my library to get a copy. It felt like the longest wait and even though I tried, I couldn’t get through a single book. The way was WELL worth it though!
2. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
Often during reading slumps, I feel like the books I try to read just drag on and on and on, but this book is so short that it doesn’t have time to drag. It’s perfect for a quick little read between school books or your anxiously awaited new releases!
1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
I might be a little biased when it comes to this book (it is my favorite of ALL time), but it really did get me out of a slump I was in after the devastating news about a favorite series of mine. It brought so much light and fun into my life and I reread it every time i’m in a slump now!