Sunday, 11 December 2016
Saturday, 10 December 2016
One of my main memories from being a child is constantly being surrounded by books. Our house had shelves in every room with so many different genres to read, from fiction to art books to geography to cookbooks. It was all there. My parents always drummed into me the importance of reading, and we ended each day with a story, my favourites were the Allan Ahlberg books and anything Dr Dolittle.
As I got older I read independently books by Jaqueline Wilson, Micheal Morpurgo, Philip Pullman and loads of others I've since forgotten. Reading was always important to me until I reached my teenage years! When you're a teenager you have to rebel against your parents and as a pretty sensible person the only thing I really did was stop reading. For years I only read what was forced on me at school, completely shunning the idea that reading could be enjoyable! I always think back and wish I'd read more, because think of how many books I could have finished in those few years! But I guess you do what is right for you at the time!
In the fiveish years since I left school reading has come slowly back into my life. I wasn't trying to impress anyone anymore (why was reading so uncool when I was younger!?) and it was nice to take a break from our growing dependence on screens and electronics. I love having this little escape from the real world and since I started blogging it is nice to see so many other people my age reading. People in my 'real life' don't seem to read all that much... As it's so important to me I thought I'd share some of my ideas for how to fall in love with reading.
Try the chapter challenge
I've seen this around on a few different blogs lately (Vivatramp & Sarahs Chapter) and it seems like a great idea. Basically you read the first chapter of various different books and then continue with the one you like best. It seems like a good way to decide whether you like the writing style or if the plot grabs you without fully committing to the whole book.
Follow Booktubers and bloggers
The biggest enablers in the world (at least for me) are other book bloggers and youtubers. I get most of recommendations from them and find I'm constantly adding to the list of books I want to buy! Not great for your bank balance but it helps if you don't know where to start with books. It also always leaves me inspired to read more when I see other people finishing lots of different books.
Borrow from friends and family
Ask your friends and family what their reading or what they've enjoyed and try and borrow a book from them. Chances are if your friends with them you'll have something in common or similar tastes (you might not but it's worth a try!). It also means you won't be spending any money and if you hate it you've not lost anything! There's less commitment when it comes to borrowing. On a similar note joining the library is also a good idea, especially if no one you know is a reader. I need to get on this one because my local library is really good I've just never got around to joining!
Don't force it
If you don't feel like reading then don't. There is nothing worse than forcing yourself to do something you don't want to do because you end up hating it even more. Read when you have time or when you feel like it. It's fun there shouldn't be any pressure.
Have a screen break and put your phone away
My phone is a constant distraction for me, any email or notification that pops up takes my attention away from the book I'm reading. Now I tend to put my phone in the other room or put it on airplane mode. I find it really hard to read if there are any distractions in the room, so I set myself up a cosy corner usually in bed before I start my book.
Read whatever you want
I hate the idea that some literature is more worthy than others. There is nothing wrong with reading romance novels, or young adult fiction if that's what you enjoy, don't feel pressured to read what you're 'supposed' to read. Classics can be hard work and aren't for everyone, it doesn't make you any better or worse for not reading them. If you only like one genre then stick to it and enjoy!
Friday, 9 December 2016
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