Reading is something that I love. As a child, I hated that everyone around me could read and I could not. It was one of the most frustrating things I ever encountered. When I started to read I thought I would never stop. However, in recent years I’ve found myself falling into what I call a reading slum or readers block. Being all too familiar with writer’s block, readers block was even worse.
The inability to enjoy reading. What an awful, terrible thing. Reading was just something I did as a pastime, it was – is – a part of me. It is something I love, and yet no matter what I read I didn’t feel the usual spark of attraction. I didn’t feel the interest – I felt bored. At first, I thought maybe it was just the book, the book wasn’t a good pick but very soon I realised it was me. I had lost my passion – my want – for reading.
I quickly spired downwards, getting to the point where I stopped making time for reading and barely picked up a book. Now, this may not sound too bad – the issue isn’t that I wasn’t reading or making time for reading – the issue comes in with what I was filling my reading time with – my cell phone. All that time I’d spent exploring stories and new worlds were now spent scrolling through Instagram and Facebook and reading stories on online sites that weren’t as half good as the paperback ones I had previously been reading. I was trying to convince myself that unqualified 14-year-olds were the same as writers who had spent their whole life trying to get that book published. I was kidding myself.
In fact, it got so bad to the point where I just stopped reading. Not on my phone, not on a book, nothing. I just stopped. It was only up until a few weeks ago that I started to pull myself out of this slum. So here are my top tips for getting out of reader block in your in the same slum that I had been.
- Find a good book
This was probably one of the hardest steps but in order to get out of the block, you need a book to start reading. Some ways you can do is to ask friends and family for a recommendation or just go out and buy a new book – anyone that interests you. But I find recommendations are better as most of friends and family like the same genre as me. However, another way to get out of the slum is to try a completely new genre. This is all a process so you can mix it up a little!
- Make time for reading
No matter how busy you are or how hard it may be, you have to make a slot in your day dedicated to reading – even if it’s 15 minutes. And when it comes to that slot in the day force yourself to read. Pick up the book and read it – even if you only read two sentences. Just read.
- Remember to enjoy it
It is important to make sure that you are reading every single day – even for fifteen minutes but the most important thing is to try to enjoy it. Let yourself get wrapped up in the storyline and allow yourself to fall in love with reading again. NEVER think of it as another chore you have to tick off the list – or you won’t enjoy it and you’ll be as stuck with reading as you ever were.
These are three simple steps to take but they can be surprisingly hard, and sometimes you are going to see reading as a chore but remind yourself of the things you love about reading. After a while, you’ll find yourself counting down the minutes until that reading slot of the day just so you can pull out your book and read.
And lastly here’s a list of some of my favourite books so that if you need a good book maybe you can try one from this list:
- Dreamland by Robert. L. Anderson
- Holding up the universe by Jennifer Niven
- Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
- The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah
- All the bright places by Jennifer Niven
- An abundance of Katherines by John Green
- The hunger games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
- The maze runner trilogy by James Dashner
- Loki’s Wolves by Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr
Good luck with your reading, and if you have any books you swear by I would love to hear about them so just post them in the comments below.