Are you one of those people who couldn’t put their book down as a kid but nowadays is having trouble with reading? Actually, it’s a very common problem, especially for those with busy schedules.
When your responsibilities pile up, reading can be one of the first things to fall off your list of priorities. But it’s such a valuable hobby for your mind and soul.
Sometimes, we want to pick up a book and read again, but the motivation just isn’t there. But there are many ways to bring that spark back!
National Drop Everything And Read Day falls on April 12. Here are six ways you can do just that this year.
1. Buddy read.
Reading can sometimes feel solitary and lonely, but it doesn’t have to be! There’s nothing like having a friend there to hold you accountable for your reading progress.
Reading a book along with a friend is also fun because you have someone to vent to about the book. And if the book has a mystery element to it, you’ll have someone to trade theories with!
Also, buddy reading might open your eyes to books you might not have chosen yourself.
2. Make a Goodreads account (or reactivate an old one).
Goodreads is a social media platform all about books. You can catalog all the books you’ve read, review them, and see what your friends (and even your favorite authors) are reading.
I used to have a Goodreads account back in high school. I recently logged back into it and started updating it, and I had so much fun with it! Seeing everything you’ve ever read laid out in front of you just makes you want to add more to your list.
The site also provides book recommendations based on what you’ve previously read. (I swear I’m not paid by Goodreads. I just love the site!)
3. Start or join a book club.
This is similar to the buddy reading tip but takes it to a deeper level because you’ll be analyzing and discussing the book even more.
4. Watch book-themed content creators.
Watching BookTubers, Bookstagramers, or BookTokers recommending books will instantly make your “want to read” list overflow! There’s nothing like seeing someone gush about a book to get you to want to read.
Some of my favorite YouTubers who make book-themed content include Jack Edwards, withcindy, and Carrie Hope Fletcher.
5. Take on a reading challenge.
If you’re a competitive person, try turning reading into a personal challenge. Maybe you want to read one book from each country in the world or read 50 books in one year. Whatever it is, set a challenge and try to conquer it!
6. Be pickier with your book consumption.
There’s nothing worse than not liking a book and trying to power through it. So remember there’s nothing wrong with choosing not to finish a book! If you’re reading for fun, it should be fun.
If a story isn’t gripping your attention, don’t be afraid of being picky and finding something else.
No matter how you get back into reading, picking up a book again will feel amazing. For some of us who always had our noses in books when we were younger, it might even feel like coming home. Good luck on your reading journey!
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