How To Rekindle Your Inner Bookworm

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By now you probably know how beneficial reading is – it releases stress, boosts the happy chemicals in our brains, improves literacy and sleep quality, and stimulates our mind all at once. But as we get older, it can get harder to find the time (and the motivation) to choose curling up with a book over spending an hour scrolling aimlessly on our phones.

If you’re someone who laments the days when they always had their nose in a book, and now can’t make their way through a single chapter – don’t worry! We’ve put together some simple tips so that you can ease your way back into being a bookworm.

Happy reading!

Make The Time

This one is easier said than done, but it’s the only way to get yourself reading. Actively decide on a time that will suit you to read and when you’ll be able to really engage. It doesn’t have to be major – ten to twenty minutes a day is a great place to start!

If you’re an early riser, why not schedule a half-hour of reading when you wake up in the morning? For night owls, a chapter before bed is great to unwind. Busy bees might decide to do a little reading on their lunch to help give their brain a well-deserved break from work. It’s all about finding some space in the day that’s just for you!

Setting The Tone

If reading feels like a chore that you’re desperate to get over and done with, try to incorporate some other elements that you enjoy in your free time and make a little event of it. You could light some candles, play soothing music or take a bath – whatever you need to associate your reading time with relaxation.

Get your pyjamas on, make a cup of tea and have a pack of biscuits ready, or go to a local café where you can feel like the main character as you read by the window. It’s all about enjoying the experience.

 

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Choosing The Right Read

It’s important to choose reading material that appeals to you, otherwise, you’ll get disheartened and give up before you’ve really started. This leads us to the one thing to completely ignore when it comes to reading – book snobbery. Throw away any notion that to be a real reader you need to be acquainted with all the classics and have a copy of Ulysses on your coffee table.

There’s no right way to read. Whether you devour Charles Dickens or have a penchant for Twilight fan fiction; it literally does not matter! Even your copy of STELLAR mag counts – and it’s a great place to start!

Opting for a lighthearted page flicker that you might not absolutely adore, but you’ll finish with ease, is a good way to build a little confidence. Young adult fiction tends to be quite accessible and fast-paced, so why not start there? Once you know what you like, it’s plain sailing.

Reading Your Way

If the thought of opening up a book is intimidating, inconvenient, or just seems plain boring, try out different ways of reading. As mentioned above, there’s no right way to read, so you don’t have to do it the traditional way. Why not try an e-reader or download the kindle app? It can be easier to adjust to reading when it’s done on a screen if you’re generally glued to your phone. Plus, portable reading is ideal for long commutes and perfect for travelling!

Other ways to read could be trying a graphic novel or a comic, poetry or screenplays, or collections of short stories. Don’t be afraid to experiment and see what works for you. And don’t write off audiobooks – they absolutely count! Listening to your novel can be the perfect way to dip your toe into different genres, ease your way into more literary pieces, or spice up a book you’re reading by doing half and half!

 

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Where To Look For Your Next Book

So, where does one obtain these books?!

If you don’t know where to begin, Goodreads is a great website for looking at genres and themes that interest you, with plenty of in-depth reviews to guide you. Youtube and Instagram are also chock-a-block with suggestions for every kind of reader. (A top tip is to check out the hashtag #bookstagram and follow some pages that have books you think you’ll enjoy, it’s such an easy way to discover new reads!)

Of course, online is always the easiest way to do things nowadays, but bookshops and libraries are an experience in themselves. One of the best things about getting back into reading is getting to go book shopping! Looking at all the beautiful covers and intriguing blurbs will help you to get excited. Most libraries now offer e-books too, so you can easily rent and return from the comfort of your home.

If you and a few friends are all looking to read more at the same time, try setting up a monthly book club. It takes the pressure off choosing what you’re going to read, and you’ll get great variety. And you’ll all be motivated to get stuck in so you can be ready to discuss it over wine and cheese when you get together at the end of the month. Cultured or wha?

Now, it’s time to put on your reading glasses and get stuck in. See, you’re reading this right now – you’re already halfway there!

Words by STELLAR Intern Aoife CodyKane

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