Many people want to read more, but blame their busy schedules for not being able to. I myself have this same problem attending university, doing homework, and working for money on the weekends. But, that’s why I’m here to share what I’ve been trying to do instead!
- Start small
You want to read more, but forcing yourself to finish a 300-page novel in two weeks is quite demotivating. The pleasure of reading disappears and it feels more like a ‘must’ rather than a hobby that offers you relaxation. What can help is to read for a short amount of time. For example, take your book with you to an appointment where you’ll probably have to wait a while. Schedule short reading moments so that you can rediscover the joy of reading.
2. Reward yourself
Remember when you used to receive a sticker or other reward for reading a chapter or a book? Now a sticker will no longer be so motivating, but you can reward yourself with a nice cappuccino or a cup of tea while reading. Make reading a relaxing ritual.
3. Go on an adventure
Maybe you used to read mainly romantic novels and this was the genre you filled your bookcase with. However, it’s possible that there are now also other themes or genres that attract your attention. Try to discover which books still seem interesting to you and don’t limit yourself to one genre.
4. Modern world
Many people are still charmed by real paper books. Yet it’s not wrong to also take advantage of the advantages that the modern world offers. An audio book can provide just as much relaxation during a car ride to work as a physical book. Discover which form of reading suits you and maybe this differs per moment.
You know people who read a lot and who have the same interests. Ask which books they would recommend to you. This way you may discover new books that you otherwise would’ve never given a chance.
Love, Skye Lewis ❤
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