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  • Writer's pictureOlivia Swindler

Books to Cure Your Reading Slump

People We Meet on Vacation

I almost read this book in one sitting. The characters are people to root for, the dialogue is wonderful, and the alternating timeline keeps the story moving. If you are in the mood for a romcom, this is the book for you. (I also highly recommend Beach Read!)

The Flatshare

This book is told from multiple points of view, which kept me reading past my bedtime. Loveable and realistic characters, the romcom has surprising depth. This book is great if you want to read something a little deeper, but know that everything is going to work out in the end.

The Guest List

Another multiple POV (that always helps me when I am in a slump), this thriller kept me guessing until the end. This book is fast-paced and highly entertaining.


This is one of my all-time favorite books. Fredrik Backman is a master storyteller, and his characters are so gripping. Even if you are not a hockey fan, this book is incredible and is more than just a book about sports (although that was why I picked it up!).

The Flight Attendant

I picked this one up at the beginning of the year because I wanted to read it before watching the TV show. The book is short and so entertaining. This is a quick read, and I think there are few things like a thriller (especially one that includes traveling the world!) to end a slump!

The Last Mrs. Parrish

Thrillers are my go-to when I am in a reading slump. This book hooked me from the first page, and I did not see the twist coming. This book is super dark and twisty and so hard to stop reading!

Whisper Network

I listened to this on audio and loved it! The perspectives and stories of each character were as fascinating to me as the main storyline. Also, the twist in this book. Oh. My. Gosh.

One of Us is Lying

I love Young Adult fiction! This book is lighter than some of the other thrillers on this list but was equally as captivating. It is on the shorter side, which makes it a perfect read for the weekend!

The Midnight Library

This is one of my top reads from the year. Not only is the message of this book beautiful and filled with hope, but the writing is so captivating. I highly recommend this book, reading slump or not!

Malibu Rising

Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of my favorite authors. I love her character development and writing style. This book takes place throughout one night and is just a riveting family drama.

Clap When You Land

This book is written in prose from two different points of view. I loved learning about each narrator, and I especially enjoyed it on audio. It is short, and I could not stop reading! Excellent writing and an even better story.

84 Charing Cross Road

I talk a lot about books I could finish in a day, but honestly, I think I read this one in less than two hours. It is a short collection of letters written between the author, Helen Hanff, and a bookstore in London. It is the definition of a heartwarming story and will make you want to befriend your local (or transatlantic) bookseller!

A Very Punchable Face

This book is laugh-out-loud funny. I love Colin Jost from SNL, but even if you are not into SNL, I think this book is worth a read. It is a great pick-me-up book!

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