As a once-bookworm that’s found herself much too preoccupied with too many things to give more than a sad glance at the amount of unread books piled up on my shelves, it’s definitely been a journey trying to get back into reading. One could say I’d fallen out of love with reading books, but the sad truth is that it’s a bit more complicated than that. Perhaps you are the same as well, trying to rekindle your love to read, or maybe you’re trying to kick start that fire yourself. Whatever it is, hopefully these tips below will be of help to you!

1. Don’t get hung up on trying to like a “must read” book

One of the issues I’d faced when I tried to get back into readings was looking up way too many lists of “recommended books” or “must read books”. I was flustered by the amount of books I hadn’t known, and a number of them veered into the classics, of which, I have to admit, I’m not too much of a fan. While the lists are a great way to start somewhere, don’t get too hung up on the idea that you have to like these books. Everyone’s taste is different and there is an immeasurable amount of written works out there.

2. Visit used book shops

That is, if you’re someone who’s looking to find an inexpensive read and you don’t want to commit to buying a new book fresh off the week’s bestseller list, only to be utterly disappointed by it. Plus, these shops are usually run by people who understand a love for reading and are helpful in steering you in the right direction if you’re unsure as to what exactly you’re looking for in a book.

3. Borrow a book from the library

And if you really don’t want to buy a book, there’s always the library, which always gets underestimated when it comes to the amount of works that it holds. Drop by your school, university or even the local library and check out what they have to offer! Worst case scenario, you’re stuck with a book you’re not fond of for two weeks max, as opposed to a book you would have bought at the shop.

4. Explore all the different genres

There are so many genres out there, so take your time exploring all of them! Fancy getting lost in fantastical daydreams? Perhaps fantasy and sci-fi are up your alley. Curious about how our world might get reflected in a pandemonium-filled space? Perhaps check out a book set in a dystopian reality. Not interested in fictional works at all? Memoirs of famous personalities can be entertaining and enlightening as well.

5. Stick to it

Finally, the only way to really get into reading, is to stick to it. Remove all forms of distractions when you do sit down to read, and actually make time for it if you’re serious about finishing the book.