Reading when you no longer read

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
by Edna Bozhori

Piles and piles of books

Over the past few years, I have a turned into a monster. What kind of monster you may ask? A monster that starts books and doesn’t end up finishing them.

*distant horrified gasps*

Oh yes, a bookworm’s worst nightmare!

Upon joining the staff here at the Writing and Communication Centre, I was reminded that avid readers still exist. During lunches together, my co-workers will discuss books and exchange recommendations. This lunchroom chatter took me back to the days of when I, too, was keen on reading. I still enjoy the thrill of a good story but somewhere along the road, I lost my willingness to read. Seeing as I'ma present day university student, required course readings and the pull of social media tend to stand in my way of reading for fun.

Thisyear,Ihave resolved to bring back reading as a pastime. If you’re like me and hope to get back into the lovely world of literature, below are some tips to help you prioritize reading.

Book and pair of glasses on a bed

Leave the book you are reading where you can see it. This way you are more likely to pick it up to read when you come across it. I leave my copy of Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy ONeil on my bed as a reminder.

Google calendar with events such as Reading Time

This tip is short and sweet. A great way to make time for reading, is to actually schedule it in. I am more likely to get something done when I add it to my Google calendar.

Let me know if reading more is one of your goals for this year! Hopefully these tips help you make progress on your pile of books that are begging to be read.