5 ways to get back into reading
I’ve always loved reading. I can remember sitting on a bean bag in my bedroom one Sunday afternoon aged around 8, reading The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton. I was totally absorbed in this magical story, my imagination working with the words that Blyton weaved, meeting all the magical tree folk.
As I grew up, I remember reading the box sets of St Clares and Mallory Towers. Then there was Judy Blume and Sweet Valley High. There came a time when I started to read some of the books that my Mum read (and still reads today) but I found the genre (war-time sweethearts tales and the like) too predictable. They were probably the latter day version of what is today referred to as ‘chick-lit’ (which I’m not drawn to either!)
At A-Level English, I loved studying the themes of a play, poem or story and picking it all to bits.
Being inspired by reading to a child
Then I had our now 8 year old and of course, I read children’s stories instead. But this intrigued me too. How the use of rhyme and rhythmn completely entranced her (and me), how she would ask for the same stories over and over and over again!
I was inspired to write my own children’s series which is still waiting in the wings for a publisher.
As I was saying, due to the time restraints of having a growing baby, working and keeping a home (and blog!) ticking over, reading just never happened for a good few years.
When it all changed
That has all changed this year though. I stumbled upon a post on instagram from Lucy of Mrs Hs Favourite Things. She was holding a book which was a read in the Bookish Mamas facebook reading group. With just a couple of clicks on my phone, I was back in the swing of reading again. And I love it! I even like the fact that I’ve given up on the latest group read because when I really don’t like a book, I don’t see the point in going through the pain! But I love that it’s opening up new genres to me. Books that I wouldn’t even have considered, I have read since January. I’ve got back into my GoodReads account, have a long list waiting to be read and bought a delicious new book last week – The Mitford Murders. Don’t you love the feel of a crisp new book?
And I’m even ahead in my reading challenge!
So if like me, you’ve let reading slack because of ‘life’, here are 5 ways to get back into reading
Join a reading group – Bookish Mamas on facebook is a great place to start. It’s useful to find one that does discussion threads on the books too, which helps to make sense of a book you didn’t get and also gets you involved if you did like it!
If you don’t enjoy a particular book, accept it, give it up and browse some more titles. This happened to me just this month. I was trying hard (too hard?), to get into the group read and ended up getting too distracted by all the things I could have been doing instead. Not exactly condusive to a relaxing read so I gave up and started a shorter book which means that I’ll hopefully be finished in time for the next read!
Take part in a reading challenge. I’m sure you can do this on your own or as part of a reading group challenge. But I’m doing it through my GoodReads account. I love that it’s a little community and that my reading list is ever growing due to the numberous recommendations that pop up every time I go on! But that’s spurring me on to read even more 🙂
Set aside time for reading every. single. day. Because that’s how habits are formed. For me, as part of my screen-free commitment, having something to do apart from those little jobs around the house for half an hour before bed, means I get my reading time in. Tricky if you’re got a very good book though!
Try different genres. There are 2 sides to this. The book that I abandoned was a memoir and not a genre that I’ll rush to again but now I know! And I gave it a go! And that’s what I love about getting into reading again as part of a group.
If you’re on GoodReads and would like to be my friend on there, I’m Carol Cameleon 🙂 It might be an idea to add a comment below so that I know who you are!
Do you enjoy reading? Did you have a lapse and how did you get back into it? Got any recommendations? I’d love to know! Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere. Thanks.