August 22: Back To School Freebie
1. Have a monthly TBR
2. Have a daily reading routine
3. Set realistic goals
4. Carry a book at all times
Audiobooks are such a great invention! I was always apprehensive when it came to audiobooks, thinking I’ll zone out and have no clue what’s going on. A few days ago, I went for the kill and Oh. My. God! I could make mundane tasks ten times more interesting, not to mention, make better use of my time! Listen to a book while you are doing household chores. Or while working out. Trust me, just the thought that I’ll be able to listen to a book I’m really excited for if I go running, has made me more eager to! You could also listen to an audiobook while driving to school or work. I don’t drive, but my University is about an hour away from where I live. I can’t read while I am traveling which honestly sucks. Starting next semester, I will be listening to audiobooks while traveling to and from class. If you face the same problem as me, you should start doing it too!
6. Reading Challenges / Read-a-thons
If you are a competitive person, then you will absolutely love participating in these. There are so many challenges and Read-a-thons to choose from!! These are mostly hosted by Booktubers and Bloggers but you don’t have to be one to join in on the fun! For all sorts of reading challenges, go onto Pinterest and search them up!! From yearly ones to seasonal ones, you’ll find yourself spending hours selecting just one. Not only are these fun to do, they also give you a purpose and an incentive to read. Moreover, each of the read-a-thons and challenges has different rules, which make a serious dent in your books to read shelf!
7. Remove all distractions
As much as I love to read, I still find myself procrastinating while reading. Shocking, I know. Social Media and the interwebs as a whole is a very distracting invention. So I would suggest that if you really want to get some reading done, remove yourself from social media. When you sit down to read, put your phone and laptop away. If you are like me and you take notes while reading, don’t use your phone. Take notes the old fashioned way. Put pen to paper instead. If you read on your phone, put it on airplane mode. Another form of distraction is people. So, don’t sit down to read in a place where you know you’ll be interrupted by someone else. When you want to read, just read and nothing else.
8. Make reading important to you
9. Do NOT force yourself to read
I know, I said all these things about reading whenever you can and having a set schedule to read. But these are just some guidelines to help you. Read when you want to and if you want to. If you don’t feel like reading one day and you want to do something else, go ahead do that. You have no one to be accountable for. Remember, it’s not homework and it’s not a chore. So don’t treat it like one.
10. Have fun!
I can’t stress this enough. Read because you want to and because you love reading. Read because you enjoy it. Don’t read because someone else expects you to. Moreover, read whatever you want to. Whatever genre that you find interest in, read that! If you really like Sci-Fi, don’t force yourself to read Classics if you don’t want to. I feel like reading is a very personal thing, and you shouldn’t have to read anything you don’t want to. Everyone has different tastes and opinion and that’s completely okay! Read what you want to, when you want to and because you love it. Read for fun! You do you.
I really hope you guys liked these tips and that they help you out. If you try any of these out let me know in the comments down below. Tell me which one is your favorite and if I miss any tip out, let me know!
Until next time, keep reading and be awesome! xx