How to Handle the Dreaded End of Year Slump

Hello all! Hope you’re all having a good day and winding down for the holidays. And what better time to do some reading…? Except that as you might be able to tell from the title, I’m currently experiencing an end of year slump- and I totally know that’s a thing because I made it up 😉 Basically this is the condition where fatigue and exhaustion build up just before the end of the year, so you don’t feel like you can read *any* more books- holidays or no. But never fear! I have a solution! And I’m here to share it with you all today.


I’m about to talk you through the stages of bookworm slump grief!

Stage 1: Denial


What? End of year slump? That’s not a thing! And I’m not in it. I’m still reading- I mean, I’ve been stuck in the middle of three books for weeks now, but that doesn’t mean I’m a slump…

Stage 2: Angerangry


Stage 3: Bargainingbargaining.gif

I promise to have more realistic goals next year, if you’ll just let me finish one more book…

Stage 4: Depressiondepression.gif

*Sobs* my TBR is huge and I’m not getting anywhere with it. What is a bookworm to do?!

Stage 5: Acceptanceacceptance.gif

Hang on a sec- *breathe* silly bookworm. Sure there are loads of reasons to always want to read MORE but maybe tis the season to chill out and rejuvenate before 2018 hits. Because sometimes it’s best to relax and reread a children’s classic (which admittedly I’ve been doing a lot of lately). Besides, further reading would totally ruin all my planned wrap ups. Huh… Maybe this isn’t so terrible after all…


So, okay, maybe only that last one is actually helpful, but I do think that advice stands- both for me and anyone else reading this- time to chill and maybe reread an old favourite. I know that’s what I’ll be doing before the year is out.

Have you experienced an end of year slump? How do you handle it? Let me know in the comments!


68 thoughts on “How to Handle the Dreaded End of Year Slump

  1. Lol. I may not be in a slump but there are just too few hours left in the day for me to get any quality reading in. Hopefully by the 27th I can get to finishing up the ones I have going 😄🎅🏼🎅🏼🎄🎄🎄🎁🎈

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  2. Haha….oh man, these gifs were great, what am I saying this entire post was great! Really had to laugh at this one. Well…I would not call it a slump on my end. In fact I’m trying to finish up a few things in order to write a few more posts just before year’s end. But, with Christmas coming up, I’m probably not going to make it, so I’m in panic mode now lol 😂😂
    Seriously though terrific and fun post. You always manage to create seriously hilarious posts, which is a true gift 😊

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  3. I definitely slow down a little but at the end of the year, but that’s usually because I’m spending more time with family so I don’t read as much. I always ready for the races again once January hits though haha


  4. I think I’m usually fine at the end of the year with the holiday cheer and warmth. It’s Jan/Feb cold that gets me down every year after the holidays are over but hopefully it won’t affect my reading this year like it did last year.

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  5. I accepted it. I went way past my reading challenge anyway, so I didn’t feel guilty about slowing down at this point, given my schedule. Embrace it.

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  6. I’ve accepted my slump as well. There are 3 books I plan to read in the next week though because I made obligations to some authors for 2 and third, I just need to finish. I loved the gifs! Thanks for the chuckle and Happy Christmas!

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  7. It hit this week. I finished reading a decent book, second of a series and it didn’t live up to the first book. I finished it and just found that I’m temporarily burned out on reading.

    At least I’ve been making up for it by writing more.

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  8. Oh I’m definitely in the middle of a slump now! I haven’t been doing much reading, but thank goodness for audiobooks, I’ve been listening every night before bed, it’s the only way I’m making any progress on some of the books I’d meant to read this month 😀

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  9. I have never experienced a slump, but there are often times when I don’t feel like reading at all and yesterday, Christmas Eve was no exception. I read in the morning but in the afternoon, I just didn’t feel like reading anymore and switched to watching Netflix!

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  10. Ahahah I love this post so much, it’s so accurate. The end of the year is always a time when my reading kind of slows down, and it makes me SO angry, but… I guess all we can do is try and wait it out 🙂 hope you’ll have a lovely christmas and holidays! xx

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  11. There’s an end of the year slump? For me, I usually have an end of the year rush. Like right now I am reading like 6-7 ebooks a day, because I know that this is the only time I will be able to read for a while. As soon as I go back to school next week, there will be homework and midterms. So maybe I will have a beginning of the year slump?

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  12. Oh, I completely relate. I’ve got 30% of my final read harder challenge book left before I’ve completed the whole thing. Unfortunately, it’s the most boring book in existence – and I got lots of lovely new books to read yesterday. What’s a girl to do? I’ve resorted to rewarding myself with chocolate for every 5% done.

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    1. hahaha I totallly get that!! Especially when there’s more interesting books waiting to be read. I’m currently trying to power through a very challenging book so I’m finished with it by the end of the year- but at this rate it’s really hard- I think I’m gonna try bribing myself with chocolate too 😉

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  13. Ohh, I know this feeling all too well. In fact I think I’m experiencing a little bit of an end of year reading slump too, but for me it’s just the fact that I’ve reached the end of my GR reading challenge goal and I’m not as motivated to read now you know? 🙂 I guess you could say I’m at the acceptance stage! 😀
    Still hopefully January and all the amazing books released in January will get us out of our slumps and back to reading as much as humanly possible. 🙂
    Great post. 🙂 ❤

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  14. I think that this is the only year in which I don’t have an end of the year slump. But as someone who has had this happen to them constantly, I totally relate. I think I spend half the time in the denial stage and just push through, or try to, especially if my Goodreads goal is not yet completed, thankfully, this year I can rest easy. Great post!

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  15. Hahahaha this is so true. I my personal way of dealing with it was to avoid it for a couple of weeks then just read graphic novels for another week or two now I’m starting to feel better but I have drastically slowed down my reading. It doesn’t help that we got a Nintendo Switch a few days ago haha.

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