Okay, I wanted to try something new here! Maybe “discussion” is too big of a word, but oh well. But also since I’ve never done this, I figured it would be safest to choose a topic that’s not controversial or anything. And we all struggle with reading more, so! Perfect, isn’t it.
I don’t claim to have any real answers or even that my tips would help anymore but me. But then again: who knows!! Maybe someone will find it useful!
read books you’re excited about
By which I mean don’t just put them on TBR list, try to read them as soon as you can! While you’re still hyped about them & actually remember why! I feel like that’s one of my main problems: I will add a book to my TBR, won’t read it for months & then just delete from it, because I don’t remember why I added it in the first place. :<<<
ask friends you trust for recs
The trust is the important part, though, because you might be excellent friends with somebody & still have vastly different taste in books. And that’s great!! That’s amazing! But it also means that you probably won’t like books someone like that recs you… (This works especially well if you already know you share some fav books w your friend.)
Honestly, don’t bother reading books you don’t like! Even if they’re the most popular thing out there this year. Just don’t read it, if it doesn’t hold your attention. It will only put you in a reading slump & that’s exactly what we wanna avoid. You shouldn’t feel guilty over it, either. It’s only natural we all like different books!
try to brunch out
I feel like people often stick to a few selected genres they know & never try other stuff. Why?? How do you know you don’t like historical romances, if you’ve never tried one? How do you know your new fav author isn’t hiding somewhere out there with a hard sci-fi book?? Plus it really helps to like better your perspective on the world, let’s be real.
don’t just read novels
This connects with the previous point but seriously! EXPLORE!! Read some poetry, graphic novels, manga, non-fiction books…. There’s a whole damn world of different types of books out there & you might really be surprised to discover some new stuff to love. Even if you think there’s no way you would like a specific type of a book – try it! Give it a shot! Nothing bad happens, if you were right and you might discover some gems, if you were wrong. :>>>
read diverse books
Especially ownvoices! Honestly, ever since I’ve started making a conscious choice to read more books with POC as main characters & written by POC, I feel like my reading life is so much better. My life experience as a white European girl will always be somewhat limited, but god, there are so many books that offer such amazing perspectives on things!!
avoid what you don’t like
I know I literally said you should always try out new things, but also it’s important to keep in mind that you already know yourself & know what are some stuff you really don’t wanna read about. So don’t. Make informed choices about what to include in your TBR list. Check first to make sure a book isn’t a total mistake for you.
know what you’re looking for
By this I mean it’s important to make note of elements in a book that made you tick, so you can find more books like that. Pay attention to what you’re reading & your own reactions, so it’s easier to look for recs. This may sound lowkey patronizing, I realize that, but it happens to the best of us. Honestly, so many times I was like “IDK what I liked about this book, but I wanna read more of this!!!!” You should know those things! You should be able to pin-point them!
Not to read shit or to read when you’re falling asleep, or feeling sick, or just cant look at printed words. But sometimes you’re simply procrastinating, like we all fucking do & really, you gotta make yourself read. You gotta stick through a few pages, even if you don’t feel like it, because chances are, the laziness is gonna go away.
The literal opposite of what I just said, I know, but when there’s a reading slump on the horizon?? Just chill. Watch a movie, go for a walk, bake a cake, play with your dog, take a nap, IDK do whatever. There will be days when it’s just impossible to read & that happens to every single one of us, there’s no point in beating yourself up about that.
So that’s it for my tips on how to read more!!
Do you have any other hacks on how to motivate yourself???
We could all always use some, let’s be honest…