I’m a bookworm by nature, I mean would you expect anything less from an English Literature graduate?
But even I struggle with picking up a book and actually reading it, every now and then.
Whether it’s trying to read more classics (which Laura has a great post on!) or sticking to Young Adult fiction, reading has so many benefits, obviously.
2016 hasn’t been a particularly great reading year for me however. I went from reading several books a week to then not picking up a book for months on end.
Figure out what you want to read
A ridiculously stupid question you may think, but obvious. A great way to figure out what to read is by looking at what media you already consume.
Do you watch a lot of Game of Thrones? Do you play too much Skyrim? Okay, maybe those just actually reflect what I do, but choosing books that you will actually want to pick up is important. Chances are you probably watch TV, so choosing books related to genres of TV you watch is a pretty simple way to find stuff you want to read.
There’s this expectation that when you get older you should be reading more classics, more non-fiction and just generally more boring novels that nobody really cares about. I say bullsh** to that.
Don’t get me wrong, I love classic literature (which you can see clearly in my books category), but I can and always will appreciate a variety of literature. Whether your heart lies with children’s or YA literature (like Harry Potter) or War and Peace, just be curious and ignore snobbery.
Figure out how you want to read:
Would you find it easier by Kindle or iPad? Or prefer a classic handheld book? Sometimes an audiobook is also a great way to start reading in a way. Ease your way into it.
Create a reading ritual:
Pack your bags the night before leaving for work with a book. Download an audiobook. Plan your day. The usual. Just factor in reading into each day and plan a bit of time for cosying up with a book!
Set up a GoodReads account and take inspiration from others
Goodreads allows you to track and set reading goals for yourself. Getting back into reading is easier if you have goals for yourself. I also love ‘book tubers’ for providing inspiration. A few of my favourites are Mercy, Jean, Lauren, Kelly and Max. There are plenty of book tubers out there and they always get me inspired, excited about books and their stories.