Let’s face it: once school comes around- be it university, high school, or any other form of education- our priorities tend to change. As the assignments pour in and the work piles up, it can be challenging to find time to simply sit down and read for fun. Here are some tips that I find work for me once classes are back in session:
Choose books you really want to read.
If you’re not looking forward to reading a certain book, you’ll be a lot less likely to find time to pick it up. This is not the time to read those books on your TBR you don’t have a lot of interest in anymore. Go and read those books you’ve been dying to read!
Read before bed.
You’ve probably heard this before, but it’s true: reading before bed is awesome. If you’re tired enough to begin with then it will help you fall asleep, and it’s a great, quiet time to unwind and focus on the world inside the novel. Even just ten minutes before bed is better than not reading at all!
Find a reading buddy.
Reading a book with someone else will make you more apt to find more time to read. Or start a reading group or book club- the more the merrier! Not only will it be more fun, but you’ll get more out of the story because you’ll be discussing it with other people.
Listen to audiobooks.
Often times we don’t read because we can’t physically hold a book in our hands. You might not be able to walk and read a physical book at the same time, but you can certainly walk and listen to an audiobook! Download one onto your phone or other device to listen to while you’re walking to class, waiting in line, jogging- anytime!
Read during the cracks in your schedule.
Everyone is busy, but there are always those little slivers of daylight during which nothing is really going on. Sitting in your desk waiting for class to begin. Waiting for your friends to get to your table in the cafeteria during lunch. Trying to pass the time while so-and-so is meeting with a teacher after school. Any time you’re waiting for something is the perfect time to read- just be sure to always carry a book with you!
And there you have it! I hope these tips are helpful! What advice do you have for reading more during the school year? Let me know in the comments section below!