Between school, work, a social life, and other responsibilities, sometimes reading can get tossed to the side or postponed indefinitely. Here are some tips and tricks to help you continue reading while living your busy life to the fullest.
Don’t force yourself to read. For some people, goals such as “number of books per year” or “number of chapters per night” are helpful to organize their reading and make it a priority, but you know yourself best. If those goals will only stress you out or distract you from other responsibilities, then don’t worry about them. Reading is supposed to be fun (unless it’s an assignment, then it’s fun AND mandatory) so don’t turn it into a chore. Similarly, if you start a book and you decide you don’t find it interesting, don’t read it! I generally go through 1/3 or ½ a book before I give up on it. If it hasn’t piqued my interest (or shown me why I should read it anyways) by then, it probably never will.
Try audiobooks or podcasts. These you can listen to while driving, doing chores, working, etc. I even listen to them as I fall asleep at night. Audiobooks are available on your phone/computer through companies like Audible or iTunes, or for free here at the library. Podcasts can be found online or on your phone as well and are typically free.
eBooks. They aren’t for everyone, but eBooks are certainly useful. They’re easier to carry, and you probably always have your phone on you, so if you happen to have some downtime but didn’t prepare by bringing a book? Your handy dandy phone is there with the latest thriller! You don’t have to have a specific device for this, smartphones are enough with Apple’s Books, Android’s Play Books, or the Kindle app. The library also has an ebook service!
Gather a community! When you involve other people, you are held more accountable. So, if you need an extra push, consider joining (or forming!) a local book club at your school, workplace, or at the library. The KCPL even has book club kits to help get you started. If that’s not your style, consider an online book community such as Goodreads, where you can keep track of your own reading, find great book recommendations, and connect with other bookworms from across the globe as well as the Library itself. There are also book communities on most social medias, such as “Bookstagram” on Instagram.
Try short fiction or poetry collections to continue the momentum of reading when you’re short on time. For example, Marina Keegan’s essay collection, The Opposite of Loneliness, or J.D Salinger’s Nine Stories collection, both of which are available here! These will allow you to enjoy a full story in between the demands of daily life.
Hopefully some of these strategies prove helpful to you. Happy Reading! Visit the Kenton County Public Library website to put items on hold.
Written by: Brittany Ashley. Brittany is a senior in high school and a shelver at the Durr Branch Library.