As many of you may have guessed I’m an avid reader. I always have been, I can’t remember not enjoying books. But as often happens as I grew older, my workload got heavier through GCSE’s, A Levels and University I found myself reading less and less and I know this is true for many people. So I’ve put together some tips for getting back into reading.
Choose your medium.
You might be like me, a hardcore lover of a real paperback. Nothing can beat it. It’s a whole experience, it’s there, tangible, you can smell, touch and taste it (if you really wanted to but I wouldn’t recommend it) the books in front of you. But sometimes they’re not practical, my copy of Wilde Like Me and my current read Eve of Man are both hardbacks so they’re not practical to carry around. So over the years, I’ve embraced my kindle. It’s wonderful to take away with me on holiday because I don’t have to balance how quickly I’ll read with how many books I can physically carry.
Another way I’ve found assisted how much I read was audiobooks. They were always around when I was growing up. I think it’s how my parents kept my brother and I entertained on long journeys when we were children. Whether we were listening to Steven Fry reading Harry Potter again or being terrified by John Wyndham’s Day of the Triffid’s. Audiobooks have always been there. I find them a great way to still be reading while being active or doing other things. I always have an audiobook playing while I’m driving. Or when I’m exercising I’d rather listen to a book than have music playing. It helps me keep going.
So as you can see I use all three for different reasons. Each has its pros and cons, obviously, books will never run out of battery but a Kindle is easier to consistently carry around with you.
Don’t jump in too deep
You know how they sometimes say that the best way to learn something is to jump into the deep end. However, I don’t believe that this is true for reading. If the last thing you read was Harry Potter in your teens it is a large jump to read something like Tolkien’s the Lord of the Rings Trilogy or Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Those are both fairly difficult reads. Lord of the Rings I can attest to. It took me six years to read them all. My advice would be to start with something you know, maybe re-visit an old favourite or something new by your favourite author something simpler as you try to get yourself back into a habit of reading again.
Read before you go to sleep
I love reading in bed before I go to sleep. I find that often it helps me relax better so I sleep better. Although there have been a few occasions where the book is so gripping I have to limit myself to a specific number of chapters.
What do you usually do before you sleep? Text? Scroll through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter? Watch videos? Why not turn all of those off and spend just thirty minutes before you turn in? It’s time you already had you’re just using it differently. It might even help you sleep better because you’re not using electronics so you’re giving yourself time to shut off.
So those are my top tips for getting back into reading. Are there any you think I’ve missed out? Do you find time to read as much as you like? Let me know in the comments.