How To Get Back Into Reading for 2017

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.

  1. 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.

  2. Ignore snobbery

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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, LaurenKelly and Max. There are plenty of book tubers out there and they always get me inspired, excited about books and their stories.

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What are your tips for getting back into reading?

6 comments so far.
  • I love this post! I love reading and i actually just bought 3 new books but I can’t seem to read it. I open the book and after chapter 1 I just close it and never get back to it. I will def. try this out! 🙂 xx

    -Mitzee

    mitzeeruth.blogspot.com

  • I always say that if you start a book and hate it, you should stop reading it! I hate it when I cant get into a book and force myself painfully through each chapter.

    Corinne x

  • Such a great reminder to start reading! I have always been an avid reader and never want to stop. The Little Book of Hygge is on my list to read next. Just have to make time for it. Social media is great but rather than aimlessly scrolling down the feed looking at all kind of useless stuff, it is so much better to dive into a good book <3
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com

  • These are great tips! I’ve made it my goal to get back into reading this year, so I’ll definitely be putting your tips into use. I’m trying to read at least a chapter every night before bed, hopefully I’ll keep it up!

    Lauren | Lauren the Daydreamer

  • Samantha

    I love reading but my boyfriend has been cutting into my reading time. I’m going to have to start ignoring him to read. Oops!

    S .x ramblingsofayoungprgirl.blogspot.com

  • These are some great tips! I love reading, but have been struggling a bit for the last few months. I think I’m trying to read really long books and they can be tiring! I agree with the ignoring snobbery – I read all of the Princess Diaries books last year because I didn’t when I was younger. I loved it, even as a 23 year old! Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the ‘grown up’ books

    Laura Wardrobe

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