I think with reading 200 books a year, I have gotten some credibility when it comes to giving out reading tips. this is my biggest accomplishment okay, even if you don’t like me, you have to give me this and so in this very post, I will share some techniques that will change your reading game this is not guaranteed to work for everyone as I am not a miracle worker.
Thank you to Caitlin for tagging me. Caitlin offered some really great tips you can apply to boost your reading game, so it’s very important that you check out her post. She also happens to be one of the most amazing, inspiring, bloggers out there 🥺🥺 just saying.
The rules for this tag are quite simple. Link back to the creator of this tag, Ally, list some of your good reading habits, and tag some wonderful, lovely human beings. so wholesome.
So here we go.
Always Be Reading Something
One way I have managed to rarely ever fall into slumps is by having a constant stream of books to keep my reading brain occupied.
Does this happen by compulsively adding books to my “currently reading” shelf to a point where I am never caught up and always feeling a compelling sense of urgency to read them back to back, knowing that I will never finish?? Yes, it absolutely does.
A vicious cycle, some might say, or, a foolproof formula to help you avoid falling into a slump 🙂
Okay, that sounds worrying, but I promise it’s not as terrible as I make it out to be. Basically, I suggesting having two or three options in this case, books to switch to when you aren’t feeling your current read or feel a slump coming.
because really, is there anything worse than the feeling of an impending sl*mp?? 🤢🤢
Switching up the Format
This is kind of related to the previous point. I absolutely never run out of book choices or struggle to figure out “WHAT BOOK DO I READ NEXT” because I always have picks waiting for me in different formats.
Generally, I always am “currently reading” one physical book, one e-book, and one audiobook. It’s really not as hectic as it sounds but it’s really comforting to know that whenever I feel like I’m falling bored of a book, I always have a back up.
Also, I find e-books great for spontaneous plans when you’re forced to leave the happiness of your bed and trudge through the real world and audiobooks are perfect for when you’re doing a mindless task and need to occupy your brain.
For me, I like to incorporate audiobooks during my workout and art time bc I can’t survive 3 seconds without multitasking – it’s not a problem ok, it’s a gift
This is where peer pressure turns good. Whenever there’s a book I’m hesitant to read, I always reach out to one of my friends and ask if they’re up to reading it with me. That gives me a sense of accountability to keep my reading partner updated and encourages me to ACTUALLY BLOODY PICK UP THE BOOK me with House of Earth and Blood right now
and also competition. When someone is ahead of me in reading progress, I take it as a personal attack!!!! i’m KIDDING, i’m not ACTUALLY a competitive person. but it does make me feel a stronger sense of urgency to pick up a book when i’m falling behind
^me when my friends are way ahead of me in a book
Specific Reading Times
I found this to be one of the best TIPS I’ve learned throughout the course of my reading career.
Set aside a specific time during the day for uninterrupted reading. It can be early morning after you wake up, late at night before bed, or maybe a lunch break. Whatever the case is, I like to set aside a time that is solely for reading and not for you know,,,,,mindlessly scrolling through Twitter i see y’all, with your drama and your opinions, definitely not reading 👀
And this allows you to be consistent everyday and look forward to that quiet time where it’s just you and your little book or big book, we don’t discriminate here
I tag *anyone who wants to do this* because i am an anxious bean and I don’t want to bother anyone c:
That concludes it for my good reading habits. These are the rules that I follow generally everyday and they have become so natural for them that I am able to apply them without thinking.
What are some reading tips you use to keep yourself motivated and fight off slumps? Tell me!! I want to know!! I hope you have a lovely weekend and you’re staying safe and happy during these kind of terrifying times. ❤️❤️