'I'm just too busy,' 'I don't have the time', 'I'll try next month,' these are some of the excuses that you've probably been using to avoid picking up a book for the past few years. And we get it, there is a lot going on, and being surrounded by technology for so much time has made us fall out of our leisure reading habits. But the pandemic has led us to reevaluate a lot of our priorities and practices. And staying at a hostel in Vijayawada for so long has made several people turn to their bookshelves for company. So, if you've been looking for a sign to get back into your reading habit, consider this. No more excuses required, just use our tips to reintroduce leisure reading to your weekly routine.
Explore the options
People change. When you were a child, you probably lived and breathed the fantasy genre. But as an adult, your tastes may have evolved. If you associate leisure reading only with a particular type of book you've been familiar with in the past, you're restricting yourself from exploring a world of infinite possibilities. Now that you're restarting your reading habit, you don't need to be limited by what you used to read in the past. Feel free to explore different genres, or even styles (there are several upcoming audiobooks and graphic novels to check out) until you find ones that you like.
Collect your resources
It's all well and good to say you want to get back or start a leisure reading habit but what you need first are books to read. And in today's day and age there's really no limit as to where you can find them. Purchase your favourite paperbacks or hardcovers from your favourite store in Vijayawada or online. If you're not one to splurge on leisure reading, there are tonnes of sites where you can also pick up secondhand books for very affordable prices or wait for the next book fair to hit your city. And if e-books are more your style, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. E-books can actually be a great way for you to keep up your reading habit, especially if you travel a lot and aren't able to keep a novel on you at all times. They're also a lot cheaper and not to mention more eco-friendly. And if you're really pressed for time, you could even turn to audio books for your 'reading' habit and catch up with a few chapters of your latest favourite novel while you go for a run or do your chores.
Set some goals
Now that you've committed to starting or restarting your leisure reading habit, make it easier for yourself by setting some tangible goals. These will motivate you to read regularly and stabilise your habit. You don't need to be super precise or grand about these goals either. Remember that the key is to build up your habit. We recommend monthly or weekly goals over daily ones so that you don't feel too pressured and can retain the fun of leisure reading. Just tailor your goals to your interests and reading speed and you'll be good to go. This will also be a great way to keep track of your progress through the year.
Update your reading list
Once you get into the habit of reading regularly, remember to keep updating your reading list so that you don't have a chance to fall off the wagon. This is really easy to do. You can ask your friends and roommates for recommendations, check sites like GoodReads, or explore the bestsellers list of your favourite publications. You could also follow some bookstagram accounts or reading blogs on your social media so that you have access to regular recommendations and reviews.
There's strength in numbers
Turning down a chance to hang out with your roommates in the entertainment zone at your Stanza Living residence just so you can read a chapter of the novel that's been sitting on your bedside table for years isn't something that's likely to happen. If you feel like your reading habit is keeping you away from your friends or family, you're not going to be able to sustain it. Instead, why not turn the reading itself into an activity that you can do with your loved ones. Start a book club for yourself or organise movie nights based on a book you've read - whatever it takes to motivate you and your friends to actually stick to your reading habits.
So, if you're looking for a way to take a break from technology, flex your mental muscles and reintroduce yourself to your love for reading, try our tips out. We're sure you'll be really glad that you got the chance to get back into a leisure reading habit. So, find a comfortable spot in your hostel, sit back, relax and enjoy your book