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Thank you for this, Margaux!
1. I like things organized. I make lists of practically everything/anything. Things to accomplish for the day even if they’re as simple as “organize bookshelf”. I like to keep track of things.
2. I love cats and dogs but if you really made me choose, I’d have to go with a dog. (And I think my mum is getting me one for my birthday next month(?). Maybe I’m just assuming but who knows.)
3. I’m a bookworm. Can’t remember when I started reading exactly. Maybe when I was still in 2nd grade?
4. I plan on going to med school when I graduate. I want to be a doctor no matter how long it takes.
5. I’m an introvert. It doesn’t mean I’m a loner or anything, but I don’t mind being alone though. I actually enjoy it sometimes.
hello ching, can you help me? i used to be a bookworm, i read anything. novels, comic, or short story. since junior years, i was getting busy and my parents told me not to read many books during the school days. Unfortunately, I lost my reading spirit since that time. I still loved books though. i bought some books, I only bought it, I didn't read it. When I tried to bring that spirit back, I usually ended up leaving the story hang. any advice so I can be a bookworm again? thanks! :)
Sounds like you’re in a reading slump. Don’t worry, I’ve been there and I know exactly how you feel. When you really want to read, but you haven’t been able to concentrate or even pick up a book in weeks (or days, depends on how strict you are on your reading). You’re reading the same sentence over and over again but can’t seem to understand what the words mean. Your mind starts to wander, and your eyes start to close. You can’t seem to finish anything you start, or find any book appealing. You buy books but don’t read them. You read just to “get through it”. You can’t choose what to read, and instead just don’t read. Reading slumps are dark & depressing times for avid readers, so in this post, I will try to help you get out of it. These are just things that I do or found on the internet, and I don’t even know if they always work, but it’s worth the try, right?
- Start reading a book you know you’ll love. Maybe you have a book on your shelf that you’ve been dying to read, but still haven’t gotten to. Or stock up on books from an author you liked. I have a few Sarah Dessen books on my shelf that I haven’t read yet, and I buy her books regularly because they are pretty easy to get through.
- Read the synopsis again, or maybe read some positive reviews about the book you’re trying to get through. That might just motivate you to keep reading.
- Just ride it out. Something that someone said in a YouTube comment, which I thought was really helpful too: “(…) Sometimes a person just needs a break from so many words and ideas. Almost like an overload. Eventually a book will call out to you and you’ll be back to reading before you know it.”
- Make time to read, and make it comfortable for you. Make sure there is no background noise if you can’t concentrate because of that, or make sure there is background noise if makes you focus. Choose a peaceful, comfortable reading place and just do it. Just start reading. You might be on a part where it’s about to get really suspenseful, and you don’t want to miss that, do you?
- Do something other than reading. I know this is about getting back into reading, but you might just need a little fresh air to clear your head, so you can come back to your bookshelf or go to the bookstore with a fresh perspective.
- Re-read one of your favorite books. This will probably not count toward your Goodreads challenge, but you’ll get even more behind if you don’t get out of your reading slump.
- Focus on writing reviews. For those of you who are book bloggers: I haven’t tried this myself because I’ve only had one reading slump this year so far, but it might work to write a review on a book you’ve read recently but haven’t reviewed yet. I don’t know, just try it.
- Step out of your comfort zone. A tip I’ve seen going around on the internet is reading a book of a genre you don’t normally read as much. You might just discover your new favorite book/genre/author!
- Maybe listen to an audiobook while you’re doing other things, if you’re one of those people who are great at multitasking. Just put it on your iPod and listen to it while walking your dog or cleaning the house or washing dishes or doing fitness or walking to school/work.
- Read books that people have been saying are fast-paced. The kind of book you just can’t put down, no matter how tired or hungry or busy you are. Books like The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, Divergent by Veronica Roth, the Gone series by Michael Grant, or other dystopians might help you. Something that someone on the internet has said was that “feel good-romances always help me get out of a reading slump”, which I have to agree with.
- Get inspired. Read blogs written by people you really admire and learn from, the people you trust when they recommend you a book.
- Read a shorter book. If a book doesn’t have a ton of pages, it will motivate you more to read it, just like you’d probably rather pick up a thin book from your shelf than the big 700-page monster you also still have to read. When you finish your short book, you feel like you accomplished something (which you did, congratulations!) and hopefully start reading more.
- Find a reading buddy. Call one of your friends and ask them if they want to read a book together, at the same time. (Not necessarily together in the same place.) Your friend will push you to read more by being either further in the book than you (which makes you want to catch up and beat them), or you are the one further in (which makes you want to finish it even quicker so you can beat them with an even shorter time). This friend can also be helpful to discuss the book with you if you are planning to write a review on it.
- Set yourself a (daily) goal and stick to it. Keep score of your progress every day (how many pages you’ve read or something), and eventually you will be amazed by how much you actually read in a certain amount of time. This will also maybe motivate you to read faster, which is always good.
- Visit a bookstore or go to your local library, and just browse. You will (hopefully) rediscover your love for reading and won’t be able to wait to go back to your book.
- (Re)organize your books. If you’re like me and love organizing stuff, this might help.
I’m aware that this is a CRAZY LONG list, but if you’re really out of options, I hope there is enough in this post to get you back into it. :)