How to get out of a Reading Rut – Guest Post by India McLeod Kay

Hello All!!!

Welcome to another beautiful Tuesday, and today I have a special guest for you, who has accepted my kind invitation to write a guest post for my blog.

Let’s be realistic! We have all face the reading rut. So, here are India’s top 5 tips to get over the reading rut. Do not forget to visit her blog, Belles-Letters Book Reviews

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We’ve all been there: The Reading Rut. Whether you’re an avid reader with a constant lust for books or a newbie reader, attempting to get into the swing of things, there’s always a time when you just. Don’t. Want. To. Read. Having recently just climbed out of this pit of sadness myself, I thought I’d let my fellow bloggers in on my top 5 tips for getting out of this slump and back into the wonderful world of books.

Environment
I know myself that there are certain places where I just love to read and am more likely to lose myself in the book without too many distractions. The first would be a coffee shop, where I can sink into my comfy seat, sip my favourite iced latte and know no one will disturb me. My other favourite place to read would be in bed but with certain caveats: candles burning, fairy lights on and cup of tea to hand. You’re much more likely to enjoy reading if you’re in an environment that you like to read in, so get yourself to your nearest coffee shop/park/bedroom/wherever you like to read and give it a go!

One Chapter A Night
Looking at an entire novel, with its plethora of pages can be very daunting if you’re just not feeling the whole reading vibe. Therefore, when I’m trying to get back into reading, I start myself off with the goal of reading one chapter a night. It may seem counterproductive to set yourself goals for something you’re supposed to enjoy as it makes it seem like work, but this is only to get yourself going. Once I start reading again, it soon becomes multiple chapters a night and then turns into reading all day long.

Judge a Book by its Cover
Yes, I said it. Blasphemy. Seriously though, if I’m trying to get back into reading, having a pretty book on my bedside table really does entice me to read it.

Choose Easy Over Classic
Personally, if I’m trying to make reading enjoyable again, choosing a classic with its tiny font and incomprehensible vocabulary isn’t going to do it for me. The best thing I can do is start with a good ol’ chick flick so that I can read it fast and easily, getting lost in the characters and plot over the writing itself.

Watch Some Booktube
This may sound like a weird one but, for me, listening to someone talk about reading and watching them hold the book in their hand, really motivates me to read. I want to get just as passionate about a book as they are and have my own discussions about what I liked or didn’t like about it. Before I discovered Booktube, a weird thing that would work for me was watching films or tv shows about reading and studying. For example, watching Hermione get stuck into her homework in Harry Potter made me crave a good book sesh. I know. It’s weird. But hey! Whatever works for ya!

So there you have it, my top 5 tips for getting out of a reading rut! Do any of these work for you? Do you have some alternative tips to share?

Line-SeparatorThat is all for today folks, and I hope you enjoyed todays guest post.

Until next time,

XOXOX

Hasanthi

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