Hello my dear readers! So today I thought that I would share some of my reading hacks with you and these are just basically little things I do that help me get deeper into a book so that I can enjoy it just a little more (not that I don’t normally enjoy books!
These just make the experience a little more entertaining!). Anyways, let’s get to it.
1. Listen to music
I am a MUSIC JUNKIE! My god, I constantly have headphones in and the volume turned up as loud as it can go because that’s just how much I love music.
I cannot live without it and I’m always on the hunt for new songs to listen to. Though constantly having my headphones in often leads to conflict (aka people yelling at me to turn it down or getting angry because they’re talking to me and I’m not listening to them).
Anyways, I love listening to music, especially when I read because I feel that in a way I’m making a soundtrack for the book. For example, if there is a tense scene or chapter in the book then I’ll listen to really fast paced song or instrumental.
This works especially well for fantasy books as there are loads of composers for such music on YouTube and I always love making up soundtracks for books because the way I see it books are literally just movies that play in your head, and every movie needs a kickass soundtrack.
Overall, for me at least, music just makes the whole experience of reading a book all the more enjoyable.
I always feel like munching of snacks when I read, (the fact that I have a little stash of junk food in my room also helps).
Like I said before, I see reading a book as watching a movie in your head and whenever you watch a movie you’ll probably have some sort of snack with you to munch on.
I always have cravings when I read a book, so I always make a cup of tea and keep my favorite sweets and chips close by when I start reading.
For some reason, food makes the experience more enjoyable, though there are days when I don’t feel like munching at all but I always crave sweets especially chocolate (CHOCOLATE!!!!).
My most recent craving while reading is for caramel popcorn, it’s gotten to the point where I had to go to the store to buy about four bags of the stuff (laughs sheepishly).
3. Read a variety of books’
I think it’s very important to spread out your reading list and try to read books from different genres that you normally wouldn’t glance at.
Trust me, you will be amazed when you read a book from a genre that’s a step out of your comfort zone, it’s important to broaden your horizons as a reader as different books give you different perspectives and opinions and thoughts that you probably wouldn’t dwell on otherwise.
Also, reading a wide variety of literature will keep you from getting bored and will always keep you interested, because chances are it’s a new topic that you haven’t explored previously and the wealth of new information will keep you reeled in. And don’t be afraid to venture out!
No one’s judging you for the books you read, so no matter what do not under any circumstances let people judge you for what you like to read.
Besides half the time, you can just hide the title by slipping off the dust jacket and holding the book by it’s spine, just in case 😉
Being adventurous with reading is a great way to gain more knowledge and make the whole experience of reading more enjoyable because while familiarity is welcome it’s nice to explore unfamiliar terrain once in a while as well, to spice things up a bit.
4. Don’t get pressured into reading a book
Read the books you WANT to read. Too many times I hear of people getting pushed into reading a book because it’s a really popular read and everyone is picking it up or a friend pressured them into reading it and they end up hating the book entirely.
Now, sometimes it’s okay to get pressured into reading because you might actually like the book and also enjoy the feeling of sharing your experience with everyone else but a lot of the time you might end up hating the book, not because it’s a bad book but because you yourself weren’t up to reading it at the time.
I can’t speak for everyone but personally I have to be in the mood for a specific genre in order to fully enjoy a book, for example if I’m craving a fluffy romance and I pick up a classic like Frankenstein instead, chances are I’ll probably end up hating it because I wasn’t ready to pick up something serious when I wanted a light read.
So bottom line, don’t get pressured into reading a book, go at your own pace because it’s not a race. Every reader is different, so don’t get pushed into reading something you don’t want to, trust me you’ll find reading more enjoyable if you follow your own desires.
5. Be informed
Keep up with the literary world! There is plenty of talk about new releases and upcoming bookish events going on daily.
Go online look into blogs and booktubers and find people you like and enjoy to read and watch. This a great way to get encouraged to read and stay up to date because just like everything else, the literary world is a fast paced industry with new books being released daily.
Also if you read about or watch someone praise a book you are currently reading or want to read then that’s a good way to get motivated if you’re feeling a bit down about reading.
6. Judge a book by it’s cover
Buy and read editions that you are comfortable with. Now, personally I really like hadcovers and trade paperbacks and I don’t have a problem with e-readers like Kindles and Kobos (I own a kindle Voyage myself) but I absolutely hate mass markets and I’m not the biggest fan of audio books.
That being said, if I don’t like the edition or format of a book it kinda ruins the experience for me but then again, that’s me, I know some people who really don’t care about the format of a book and every time I try to explain my thinking to them I get funny or confused looks in return.
But point is, be comfortable with your book; it’s your little piece of heaven, your treasure and perhaps one of your closet companions but a book can’t be any one of those things if you aren’t comfortable with it.
So no matter what the price, buy the books you like, it makes everything much easier and the whole process of reading much smoother and more comforting, because in the eternal words of Ernest Hemingway, “There is no friend as loyal as a book”.
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7. Have a comfortable reading environment
One thing I’ve noticed is that it’s easier to get into a book if you are in a comfortable position and a cozy and calming environment or atmosphere.
Have a little space designated for reading if you can but always be comfortable because once your body is relaxed, it’s much easier for your mind to sink into and focus more on the book. But don’t get too comfy or else you might end up falling asleep while reading!
(Actually there’s a high chance that you will fall asleep, it’s happened to me every time I’ve picked up a book O.O)
Well that’s all I have for you, I hope that you enjoyed this post and that some of these hacks were helpful for you. REMEMBER, everyone is different, these are just things that I find make reading more enjoyable and they may not necessarily .
But, anyways, I’ve taken enough of your time, so happy reading!