hey guys!! so today i’m sharing with you a guest post from fleur at fleurhenley.com. her blog is so cute and helpful, so go check it out if. you want! today, she’s going to be talking all about ways that we bookworms can read more and get ourselves out of reading slumps (something i’ve needed some help with recently)! enjoy <3
read more books in one go
use different formats to your advantage
sometimes it can be hard to differentiate the books that you’re reading. perhaps the stories are similar, the fonts are the same or the covers both feature the same skinny girl on them. how do you separate them? well, it’ll probably be different for everyone, but using different formats makes it all a hell of easier! you can use auditory input from audiobooks, change the font on ebooks and read the print copies without any (or with less) confusion.
read more genres
buy special editions
i have never liked Shakespeare. in fact, i hated his stuff so much that, when i was hunting for universities, the institutes that made him compulsory were marked down in my lists of possibilities. i hate him a little less now. why? because we’re reading his play Othello in class, but it’s a special edition with helpful notes, translations and full colour pictures. i can actually understand it! the book is way more enjoyable to me because of this, and i am now open to reading Shakespeare. who would have thought it?
read a book with friends
do you have friends who like to read? use that! book clubs are honestly so much and literally anyone can join or make one. your reading buddies don’t even have to be your friends in ‘real life’. you could totally make a group out of your twitter, instagram or blog besties. what this does is not only create (healthy) peer pressure, but it brings out the best, fangirl side of you and now you will have other people to share that with! or, alternatively, you could all hate the book. in that case, you now have someone to groan too about how crappy the characterisation was or how cringy the descriptions were.
just read more (aka get out of a reading slump)
make the print a little larger
because small print sucks. if you have access to a kindle or something, then try making the font a little bigger! you might not realise it at the time, but smaller print can be hell on your eyes. it makes you squint, peer and narrow your eyes while you’re trying to read. that really isn’t very healthy. it can cause headaches, and poor eyesight in your later life.
spend less time blogging
this obviously only works if you’re a blogger, but staying off other types of social media where you review books would be super helpful too! this won’t work for everyone, however, i have found that people feel more stressed out when faced with reviewing books. the common worry seems to be that the inspiration for reviews have disappeared, and the blogger doesn’t want to read a book because then they will feel pressured to write a review for it. and they just want to take a break from writing.
i personally never do it anymore, but annotating and drawing around words can be so much fun! for some people, it can really bring the book to life and spark some colour into the pages. of course, this does all depend on your preferences and how pristine looking you like your books to be, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!