5 Minutes for Books reviewer Dawn hopes for some commiseration from readers who may find themselves in similar situations. How do you pull yourself out of a reading slump?

Ever since I can remember, I have been a reader. My mom filled my early years with Little Golden Books, and thanks to Scholastic book order forms, I came to know the girls of The Babysitters Club like they were my own best pals (and had a cat poster or two adorning my bedroom walls!). If I didn’t have a book, I’d read whatever was nearby– the back of a cereal box, the bottom of a box of tissues, the back of a toothpaste tube. As long as there were words, I was happy to consume them.

Even as I grew older, books remained a major part of my life. High school reading assignments became treasured memories years later, as characters like Celie and Holden Caulfield came to live in my heart. I hope I never forget what it felt like to read Les Misérables for the first time, lying on my twin bed in my tiny college dorm room. Books were a savior during the early years of new motherhood, and breastfeeding one-handed was a skill I was thrilled to master so that I could have a few minutes of quiet reading time during otherwise wild and crazy days. Now as a reviewer for 5 Minutes for Books, I can say that I never have a shortage of reading material on hand. At any time, I should be going full throttle in a soon-to-be-released novel so that I can write a timely review.

This is an excerpt from the article 5 Ways to Cure a Reading Slump which originally appeared on 5 Minutes for Mom.