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How to get back into reading.
I never thought I'd see the day where I'd have to get myself back into books. A self-confessed bookworm, I didn't read properly for a good 14 months while real life took hold and I pushed responsibility aside in favour of reading blogs, reading magazines (remember those?) and simply not picking up new tomes to add to my shelf.

A Routine
The one thing that helped me pull my head out of so many blogs and back into books was to establish some sort of routine. Like Bee suggests, making time to read is key: perhaps there's a spare half hour after work where you usually scroll through Twitter or you could simply not channel hop between two favourite TV programmes. I personally found 20 minutes in the morning before work as well as an hour or so before bed really helped me to unwind and bash through novels.

Making Goals
It's surprisingly hard to wean yourself off digital and back to paper, but I personally found that signing up to Goodreads and being able to log all my reads and book progress helped to get me into a routine. Essentially I'd be juggling multiple books - such is life - but seeing them relayed to me in percentages and page progress helped me to rotate around books. This way I could set myself mini goals and challenge myself to read X number of months in X amount of time.

Enjoying It
Don't read something just because everyone else is. (Although I'm terrible with this and have to see a title through to the end.) If you're not enjoying a book, it'll only slow you down or make you stop reading altogether again. Give that awful book to a friend and pick up an old favourite. I actually love rereading books to spark that original feelgood thing and get me back into wanting to read more.

Get Reviewing
So the chances are if you're reading this, you're also a blogger. And by the nature of our trade, writing after doing anything is a given. So pen a review about that book you just finished. Publish it on your blog, post it on Goodreads, send a Tweet. I like seeing something come out of what I've done, so I often post book reviews just to spruce up the mixture of content on ye olde Daisyb.

23 comments

  1. Love this post Mish, some great tips! xx

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  2. I always try to replace playing on my phone with books before bed and when I commute, those are my main two reading times!

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  3. I have so many unread books on my bookshelf - Books I thought I was gonna read but never had the time to. I may start a Goodreads account in the future and kickstart my book reading game!

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  4. I remember I got back into reading after my Internet had some problems for a week. I'm so glad that that happened actually! I also found that making a Goodreads account and seeing the number of books increase in my 'Read' list motivated me even more :) If you would like to add my, this is my Goodreads account: https://www.goodreads.com/abigailsarmiento

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  5. Being in book club made me more disciplined with reading. I don't have a commute so miss out on reading time there but trying to read before bed rather than sitting on my laptop until I fall asleep on the keboard! x

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  6. Thanks for the tips! I definitely need to get into reading more, I spend way too much time in front of screens! xx

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  7. I've been struggling to find time for reading alongside university and working part time but I am determined to succeed in my Goodreads challenge for the year - hopefully a quick half hour before bed will be enough to get me back in to my usual routine of flying through a book in no time. x

    Charlotte / coloursandcarousels

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  8. these are such good tips! the enjoying it part is so important - i think people struggle because they feel they don't enjoy the "right" books. there is no right or wrong! x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

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  9. Thanks so much for this! I really want to read so much more but sometimes I find it difficult to get away from the glare of the computer screen! These tips are excellent xx

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  10. This is how I feel at the moment as I used to read SO much! I'm slowly getting back into it although I don't read half as much as I used to which is actually quite sad really.
    Amy

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  13. Thanks Erin! Feels good to be back into my reading again - so many new worlds to escape to after work.

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  14. Yes - me too nowadays! My commute is crazy far so it's been good to squeeze in plenty of reading in the mornings.

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  15. I did as well - log them into your Goodreads and it'll be so easy to motivate yourself. There's something stupidly satisfying about transferring the "books" over to each "shelf" on there! x

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  16. Ah thanks Lyndsay! For some of us with such busy lifestyles, it's quite hard to find time to read, I've been trying to replace pre-bedtime Pinterest and Instagram with some light reading - it's really helped with my sleep too!

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  17. Haha such a lucky coincidence, right?

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  18. Ah I'd be hard-pressed to find a book club now >.<" I've found reading before bed really helps me to unwind and get a decent night's sleep!

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  19. Not a problem Catherine ;) gawd don't we all?! xx

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  20. I didn't set myself a challenge but am going to for 2015! I forgot just how much I adored reading and this year has truly helped me to rediscover it (:

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  21. Thanks Miho! Yesss, this! A lot of friends mention to me that they don't like talking about reading in fear of being judged for what they do read. So silly, right?

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  22. I used to literally fly through books (as in 2/3 a week) but rarely get the time to now - instead I've found taking it slower because of my lifestyle but actually taking time to enjoy the novel makes it much easier!

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