It's Friday! The weekend is calling, and although temperatures will be quite alright for at least one more week, it can't hurt to get back into the habit of reading already, just so you're prepared for those many rainy evenings in Autumn you'd otherwise spend wondering what to do. I've always been someone who loves books, but I must admit that I haven't been giving them as much attention as I'd like ever since I got a job close to home, moved into my own apartment, etc. I definitely want to work on that, though, and so I've compiled a list of things that will hopefully help me (and you?) get lost in the amazing world of books a bit more again. Read along!
1. Keep Your Books Close At All Times.
Commuting? Doctor's appointment? Meeting someone for coffee? If there's ever so much as a tiny chance of having to wait somewhere, a book in your bag will come in quite handy. Forget that cellphone full of social media for a second and reach for a good old book instead for a feeling of ultimate optimalism. And when at home, keep your books where you're most likely to pick them up: on your nightstand , next to your comfy sofa, on your desk, and so on.
2. Make Time For Reading & Get Into A Regular Habit
It's a well-known fact that looking at a screen - laptop, tv or cellphone - right before you go to bed isn't the brightest thing to do. I've been guilty of all three. Still am, but I am trying not to be. I still slip up sometimes, believe me, but when I do succeed to go to bed at least half an hour before I usually do, plug in my phone in the far corner of the bedroom where I can't reach it, and crawl in with a book, I find that I fall asleep much easier after putting it down, AND I'm much more well-rested the morning after. Win-win!
3. Don't Be Afraid To Put A Book Down
And by that I mean quit reading it. It's pretty hard to keep up reading when you have to wrestle yourself through a story you don't like, just to get to the next - hopefully - better book, isn't it? It only makes you like reading less, am I right? So, the next time you pick up a book, read a few chapters and don't like it (even though it's supposed to be 'The Best Book You'll Read This Year!' according to Miss Thingy on the cover), don't feel obliged to finish it. Just put it down and pick up another one!
4. Create A Cosy Reading Environment
For example, I recently moved my fancy chair to the window, within reach of enough pillows, blankets and a handy table to put drinks and snacks on while I read. It was the best idea I ever had, seriously, because the minute I install myself in it, Leia (who's not usually much of a lap cat wobbles over, jumps onto me and is fast asleep not much longer than one minute later. Add my hours-long film soundtrack playlist to it and, well... Cosy to the max, really.
5. Read What You Love
Do you want to read more but find it hard to really get into something new? Reach for books you've already read and know you love. You'll be hooked once again in no time.
6. Steal Time From Less (if not un-) Important Stuff
You really CAN survive without Facebook or Netflix for at least one night a week, you know. Me? I'm marking Thursday as 'No Internet Night' on my calendar from now on. Wish me luck. 💪
7. Listen To Audiobooks
Okay, okay... Technically it's not reading, and I do prefer to physically hold a good old book in my hands, but I do know that the whole 'make time for reading' thing is probably the hardest thing to do from all of the above. At least for me it is, as I do tend to drag out and prioritise even the littlest of chores above quality reading time on a day off. Audiobooks are a real lifesaver in this case, and the fact that they're often read by the authors themselves OR my favourite actors really adds to the positive pile, as well. Actually... Listening to Carrie Fisher reading The Princess Diarist while cleaning my apartment is probably one of the best times I've ever while on my own. Ha!
What are your favourite hacks to get you to read more? Let me know!