Here’s How I Rediscovered Reading

Do you miss reading? I certainly do. Reading was such a vital part of my being growing up, but the habit slowly ceased to exist. Between the general anxiety that adulthood imposes upon us and the Netflix bingeing, a lot of us haven’t been able to the time to read. And that’s unfortunate, because reading is immensely pleasurable and be a source of great comfort during harder times, like right now.
I recently tried a couple of things to find my way back to reading, and I’m so happy to tell you that I made it happen. I now read 2-3 books a week and it gives me so much peace and quiet. And it’s helped me focus better at work too!

Here’s what I did:

Start with a thriller / chick lit

Don’t overthink. Read anything. There’s really no judgement here – remember the good old times when Nancy Drew was a big part of our lives? Start off with something light, perhaps a Nora Roberts or Danielle Steele to begin with, and you can work your way to a Ken Follett or Kazuo Ishiguro.

Carry it around everywhere

Wallet? Keys? Phone? Mask? Book? Check. When you can keep your book with you at all times, you never have an excuse to not read. Given that we all have to stay at home now anyway, there’s no reason you can’t be without your book! Even if you’re at your desk, download the kindle app on your phone or on your browser so you can catch up with your book during your work breaks instead of doomscrolling on social.

Join book clubs and follow book bloggers on social

If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that virtual communities are a great support system. Perhaps you can delete apps like Netflix and instead log on to Goodreads to read reviews, or join book clubs on Instagram for new book recommendations. Let’s not forget, bookworms make for great conversations! If that’s not a perk, then I don’t what is. Knowing you have company – even if it’s virtual – when you’re doing something is a great motivator to keep at it.

Schedule some time off your smartphone

We’re constantly taking our phones everywhere with us, we’re constantly connected – no wonder we’re constantly anxious. Scheduling some time off from your phone could give you the push that you need to pick up that book again. Consider giving yourself a time out from your phone from time to time. Maybe half an hour during lunch time, or 2 hours before you sleep so that you can clock in some time with your current read?

Don’t post your current read on social

Well, at least not until you’ve finished it. But I’ve found sharing what I’m reading on social to be counter intuitive – it’s akin to reading for others instead of reading for myself. While it is great to share books that you think others should read (or if the book cover is totally in line with your instagram aesthetic!), posting what you’re reading on social makes the very act of reading, a performance. And once you’ve finished performing, you might not feel compelled to pick the book back up again.

If you’re ready to try these hacks, or if you want to share hacks of your own, don’t hesitate to drop a note in the comments below. Happy reading!

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