Sometimes being bookish can feel like a chore. We have all experienced that slump when we read a particularly difficult book or have overdone it when reading a series back-to-back. I’ve recently hit that slump after binging one of my favourite authors. I struggled through the last section of the book, only to watch as my #tbr piled up as I secretly bought more books. Having gone through this recent slump and chatted to fellow book lovers about theirs it made me think, what can we do to put the joy back into reading?
I’ve compiled a list of my top-tips for finding time to read little & often without hitting that slump. And if you hit that slump, learn how to kick it to the kerb!
Tip 1: Don’t beat yourself up over it
This may seem silly and rather simple, however, they are often the easiest ones!
Hit that slump? It’s ok! Now repeat after me: ‘It’s ok’. It’s easy to get frustrated and try to pick up another book only to get a few pages in and fall further into the slump. Put that book down. Yes, I said it. Put it down.
Personally, for me I find the easiest thing to do at this point is to take a break from reading for a few days and watch a really good series either new or a comfort (cue Gilmore Girls). I then pick up something short and uplifting. I ask fellow book readers what books they have found easy to read and heart-warming. These are my go-to.
Tip 2: Set a daily goal
You’ve probably seen the ‘100 pages a day’ motto thrown about. For some, 100 pages can be too much and for others, not enough. Ultimately, the idea is a good one. Set yourself a target. Whether it’s a chapter, 25 pages or 10 pages, it doesn’t matter. Breaking down the goal from “Oh I’ll read 3 books this month” makes it more manageable and for me, means I don’t push out reading until the last minute.
Also, don’t compare your target to someone else’s. It is your target. It is not a competition.
Tip 3: Find your time of day
I love to read in the evenings. A friend of mine loves to read in the mornings and another, on their lunch break.
If you like to use reading to unwind, try doing this before bed instead of watching TV. If you like to start your day with a chapter or two, grab your morning coffee and switch off the radio. Whatever it is, try out different times of day until you find what works best for you.
Tip 4: Try something new!
One of my bad habits is scrolling. Once you start, it’s hard to stop and I know that we are all more aware of how often we scroll. Why not try an audiobook to break that cycle? Audiobooks are a great way to get into reading more regularly. You can still do this at your favourite time of day, in your favourite chair and with your favourite cup of coffee (or tea, I won’t judge). It’ll still give you that relaxation and ability to unwind that reading a physical book does.
Insider tip: try looking at your local library for free downloadable books or leverage Apple Podcasts or Amazon Kindle. Amazon Kindle often have unlimited on huge discounts too! Many swear by Audible.
What are your tips and tricks for reading little & often?