In case you didn’t already know, I love reading, especially anything with Fantasy written all over. However, I also really love a good tv show. Sometimes I find myself going a few days without reading because I am neck-deep in a new tv series and I put my reading list on the back burner. Reading wasn’t always my favorite past time, especially during my freshman year of college. I figured that since I had just graduated high school and that I was no longer being forced to read books I didn’t like for the sake of meeting my AR goal, I would never have to pick up another book. It wasn’t until I applied for a summer job at the library that I discovered my love for reading again. When you are surrounded by books for four hours out of the day, every day for five days straight and have nothing to do, you kind of have no choice but to pick something up. To spare you the details, I ended up finding a book that I really enjoyed which re-ignited my love for reading. I couldn’t remember the last time a book had made me laugh, cry, and feel so happy afterward. Ever since then I am always looking for new book recommendations to add to my TBR list. If you are looking for a new hobby and struggle to read here are a few tips that could help.
Set aside time to read
In college, I would use the excuse of not having enough time to read because I had too much work to do. Well, all of those hours spent watching netflix and mindlessly scrolling through social media proved otherwise, so I slowly started working reading back into my schedule. Start off small. You can set your timer for 30, 20 or even 10 minutes and read until the timer goes off. This is a great way to incorporate reading into your daily routine, and I promise you that it won’t take away too much time from Gossip Girl.
Take advantage of your local library and the services they provide
Wherever it is that you live, check to see if you have a library in your area. More than likely as long as you live within the same zip code as the library, they will issue you a card for free. Also make sure to check to see if they offer online library card applications considering that we are in the middle of a pandemic. From here, check to see if your library uses libby. Libby is a great resource that you can download on any mobile device, laptop, desktop, etc, and gives you access to thousands of titles that the library offers in digital form.
I understand more than anyone that books are expensive, so again, after you have gotten your library card check to see what audiobooks are available. Personally, I only listen to audiobooks whenever the physical copy of the book I want to read isn’t available, but I can see how they are helpful to people that are always on the go.
Research to see if your favorite movies or shows are based off of books
You would be surprised at how many of your favorite shows were books before they hit the big screen. Take The Handmaids Tale on hulu, for example. Not only does the show have you on the edge of your seat, but the book is even more stressful. (If you know, you know) It’s interesting to see the differences between books and their television adaptations and in most cases, the books can add more depth and understanding as to what is going on.
Take part in reading challenges
If you don’t already have a goodreads account, get one because its free. Goodreads gives you the option to set up a reading goal at the beginning of each year and you can update your reading as you go. Goodreads even has a catalogue of the best books from previous years, so if you are struggling to find your next read just refer to these lists! (No, this is NOT a sponsored post, I just really enjoy using their services and highly recommend them for book lovers.)
Always keep a book with you
Now this one is a lot easier said than done. You don’t want to lug around a 900 page book everywhere, so just keep something small in your bag. If you know that you are going to be out for a while during the day and you think that you can squeeze in some reading time, take a small book that you can finish in under 2 hours. For example, any type of poetry book is great. I was able to read all of Nikita Gill’s Great Goddesses: Life Lessons from Myths and Monsters in between shifts at work so there’s an option for you.
Do not continue reading a book that doesn’t interest you
I have struggled with this for the longest time! I don’t know why, but part of me always felt obligated to finish a book because maybe it would get better toward the end or I just need to give this book a chance. I can’t tell you how many times I have done this and then felt so unfulfilled afterwards that I would experience burnout and not pick up another book for months at a time. Bottom line, if you don’t resonate with a book don’t be afraid to put it down. In the end you will thank yourself. (Small Disclaimer: This is not to discredit any authors out there. Hence, why I didn’t include any examples. It’s just that sometimes certain styles of writing doesn’t interest me, and that’s okay.)
If you got this far firstly, thank you, and secondly I hope this helped! If you have any book recommendations, be sure to leave them in the comments or feel free to email me!