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How to Channel Your Inner Reader

Tap into your inner reader with these four tips.

Reading slumps are real. They are a common issue for book lovers who find themselves unable to fully enjoy or finish the books they start. As a student, when it’s already a requirement for school, it can be especially hard to indulge in personal reading. Although tough, it’s still very possible to get back into the habit. Here are some general tips and tricks to help get you out of your slump and encourage your inner reader to roam.

*Re-read Your Favorite Book

Sometimes, revisiting a book you love can help reignite your passion for reading and remind you why you enjoy it. Another suggestion is rereading a book you didn’t like initially, to take note of any shifts in your opinion. Sometimes, challenging yourself to read something outside your comfort zone can help you discover new genres, authors, and perspectives. You might be surprised by how much you enjoy a book that you thought you would hate, or learn something new from a book that you thought you would find boring.

*Audiobooks & E-Reading

If you’re feeling too distracted or even too tired to read, listening to an audiobook is a great alternative for you! You can enjoy your story while doing other tasks and activities. Audiobooks can add a new and unique dimension to your reading experience with different emotional portrayals and voices. E-reading is reading but in digital form. It can be done through books, magazines, and online articles. E-reading can be  helpful because it allows you to both read anytime and anywhere, and also adjust the settings to your preferences, such as brightness, font size, or speed. These small adjustments make reading more comfortable and enjoyable, especially if you have reading difficulties or issues with your vision.

*Pick A New Series 

If you’re looking for a longer commitment than a standalone book, starting a new series is a good way to spark engagement in your reading journey. A book series allows you to immerse yourself in a new world, follow the story of the characters, and anticipate what insights and messages you’ll gain in the next chapters and upcoming books. There are even reading apps and online spaces that allow you to engage in online communities and discussions surrounding whatever series you’re reading.

*Join Your School’s Book Club or Start Your Own

Joining a book club or starting your own is also another great way to motivate yourself to read more. It’s also a great way to interact and socialize with other readers. You can join a book club that meets in person or even online. Invite your friends to join, too! Book clubs help you open your mind to different perspectives, challenge your opinions, and have fun and engaging conversations.

These are just a few tips for you to take note of and consider. I found that starting a much shorter book – The Art of Noticing by Rob Walker inspired me to get out of my reading slump. If you try any of these suggestions, let me know how the turnout goes. Happy reading!

 

By Journey Powell, Freshman, Spelman College

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Written by Journey

Hiii, I’m Journey. I love to model and write poetry. My favorite movie series is Harry Potter.

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