As an avid fiction reader I get asked a lot by my friends and fellow students how I get the time to read when I am so busy with lectures, assignments and revision. My main answer would be that I love reading fiction so much that I make sure I make time for it and that it is something I do to de-stress. However, there are many tips I do have for anyone who feels like they no longer have time for fiction reading or for anyone who misses reading.
- Read in bed before you go to sleep (and yes I still do this!). It’s a classic tip but it works and this is the largest amount of time I get to read during my day.
- If you cannot get into this habit, try reading in the morning when you wake up – I do this regularly on days when I have time.
- Use any spare time during your day to read. By this I mean travel time; read on the bus (I even sometimes read while I walk – caution this can sometimes end badly!), read while you eat, read when you are waiting for food to cook (but if you get to a good bit in your book don’t forget that you are cooking and burn your food – I have done this too).
- Make a time slot in your day specifically for reading, even if it’s just a small amount of time.
- Don’t feel guilty for using your spare time for reading fiction. During my first year at university whenever I picked up a fiction book I felt bad as I believed that I should be doing academic reading instead but this is not the case as long as you have set time aside for private study time too.
Photo by: Shannon Ashleigh (me).
As it is coming up to the new year perhaps set yourself a resolution to read more in 2016, pick up that book you have been meaning to read forever and use these tips to get lost in another world.