In the past 3 years, I have probably read 4 books. Thousands of articles and online magazines but only 4 books.
I used to love reading. Touching the paper, the unmistakable smell of
new pages. I used to love drinking some tea while reading. I used to read at school, in the bus, at home, in bed, even on the toilet. Reading was part of me and my daily life.
I was mostly attracted by fantasy books, which later became travel books and whatever I found appealing.
These days, I can’t find the time. I do other things instead of reading. I watch YouTube videos, I scroll through Instagram, I read some online stuff and I am really not happy about it.
This is why I decided to write this article, to help you and myself, to get back into reading. (We will see if this works)
1. Set aside your favorite time of the day, to read.
My favorite time of the day is probably around 5pm or 9pm.
Usually this is when I get into my comfy clothes, I drink my tea and I watch a movie with Dale.
He loves to read, and he does. He sets aside some time during the day, he lies on the couch and read for 20-30 minutes every day. (Don’t know how he does that)
Because for me it is really hard to do that, I have chosen a time and a place, where I will read every day, for 10-30 minutes at least.
My time will be either 5pm on my newly re-upholstered chair or 9pm, on my newly fixed up bed, always accompanied by some tea.
2. Set a realistic time frame to finish the book
I find very useful to set time frames, especially when it comes down to things I need to get better at, where I need to be more consistent.
A realistic time frame for a 100 pages book is probably 1 week to start with. You know you can read just around 15 pages every day and you are set!
You will find that after the first 2 books, you will not need a time frame or any of this tips.
Reading will become part of your routine.
3. Do not force yourself to read books you don’t like
If you start a book and realize halfway that you really don’t like it, don’t finish it. I know a lot of people might think the opposite but why wasting your time with something you don’t enjoy? Reading should be a pleasurable activity.
4. Find out what books genre you like the most
I love fantasy books, drama, legends, travel, romance and novels in general.
Finding what you like, makes it easier to choose books that you will most likely enjoy.
5. Make it cozy!
Not sure if it’s summer where you are, but if it is winter, make sure to grab a really cozy and soft blanket, maybe a candle and some tea. Creating a lovely atmosphere will encourage you to read more often as it will be a nice feeling. A moment for yourself only.
6. Review the book
Last tip is an encouragement for me and for you. I promise I will make a short review of this book, and I will post an article here.
I would like you to do the same. Do it with me!
Chose a book, leave a comment below with the title and get back to me with a short review. Promise yourself you will, because I really would love to get some reading suggestions and because by doing so, you will have to read the book 🙂
I have chosen: “The Shadow of the Wind” by “Carlos Ruiz Zafón”.
I am giving myself 27 days. 416 pages in 27 days should be about enough.
27 days means the 19th of August I will have read this whole book and hopefully posted a nice review.
Good luck to you of you are trying to get back into reading and enjoy your cozy, happy, exciting sweet moments.