Someone asked for advice on this over the weekend. I told them one of the things that you will read about later but the truth is, when you haven't been reading, it can be hard to start again. So here are a few tips that might help you get out of your reading slump or just make you start reading all together...
1. Make the time to read!
Whenever people find out that I like to read, they usually tell me that they also like to read or used to but that they just don't have the time to anymore. Here is the thing: no one has extra time. If it's something that you really want to do, then you have to make the time for it. pick a day where you read instead of watching netflix. If you bus or take the train to work, use that time to read. Instead of spending 15 minutes scrolling through instagram before bed, try starting a chapter. if you.... I think you get the gist. The point here is that you won't just magically have time to read- especially if you are just now getting back into it.
Start by scheduling that time and sticking to it. Before you know it, you will be looking forward to that reading time and missing it when you truly don't get any time.
2. Audio Books count
There are days, sometimes weeks or even a month here and there where we just don't get a moment to ourselves. During months like that, one of my best friends is multi tasking and that is why audiobooks are a Godsend. Audio books are BOOKS! I know that some people like to say that they aren't but they are! Listening to books can be just as entertaining, engaging, enlightening and soothing as reading books in print. Sometimes ( Depending on the book and the narrator) it may even be more so.
My favorite kinds of books to listen to are biographies and self development books because they require a little less imagination in my opinion. The best part of audiobooks? You can listen to them while doing your laundry, cooking, driving to work...etc. Multitasking for the win!
3. Read with others
I don't mean that you should go and seat in a library and read with other people around you... I know that might be a thing for some people but don't nobody got time for that. That said, we do better when we have people to hold us accountable and people to enjoy certain things with. That's why book clubs work. If you can't find a book club near you, there is a really friendly community on the internet that you can find by following #Bookstagram and #Buddyread. People from all over the world coming together to talk about books, read the same books and discuss them or even just keep eachother on track with reading goals. I have participated in a few of them and I absolutely loved it.
If you don't want to read with a bunch of strangers, bribe your friends with wine and food. Start a leisurely book club where you read one book for 3 months and keep each other accountable. It will make you want to read more.
4. Read about the things you like!
There is no such thing as a bad novel. Okay, I'm lying. That's not true.,What I really mean is that there is no such thing as a bad genre of books. Sci-fi, horror, erotica, Young adult, New Adult, fantasy, personal development, Smut, Romance... whatever floats your boat. There is definitely something out there that you will read and just get really excited about and THAT is what you need be reading. If you are reading something that you don't want to put down, it makes it easier to pick up the next book, then the next.
Eventually, you will want to try other things because reading is a habit. One of my best friends started reading when someone introduced her to an erotica novel in high school and today, she is a collector of classics because her taste changed over the years but her wanting to read was now a constant in her life.
5. My last tip is short and sweet: Just start!
Last but not least, you just need to start. That's all you need to do. Decide on something and just read it. My recommendation would be to start with a collection of short stories, a collection of poems or a novella. They are easy to read and therefore, quick to read as well. Once you've gone through an entire book or even just a short story, reading another one will feel like less of a chore.