How To Improve/Cultivate Your Love Of Reading

Hey y’all!

Guess what. It’s national book lover’s day! I’m super excited as you may or may not know. I love books. I love reading and it makes my heart swell when I see others cultivate a love of reading. Now trust me, I get it. Not everyone likes to read but one can cultivate a liking or loving it (hopefully?). 

It does take handwork and dedication to do it even though one may find it super enjoyable. My love for reading came when I was just a little girl. I loved watching Richard Scary videos and every tape that had to do with reading (I taught myself to read this way). I’ve read so many books and when I got to middle school, I started reading chapter books like The Babysitter’s Club. It wasn’t until my freshman year in high school when I started diving into novels! Oh boy did I have a great time with novels!

I had a great stride going until….I hit college. Out went reading for fun and in came reading for class. Reading became dull and mind numbing. I would read books that I enjoyed here and there but my reading habits were nothing like how they were in high school, when I was growing up. When I started buying books for my future classroom, I slowly started reading books for fun again. Even though I joined Goodreads (a site that works like facebook but for actual books) and even signed up for reading challenges, I wasn’t completing them.

I take that back. The first year I bombed my reading challenge. Last year I passed it but I challenged myself to read 14 books (which may seem like a lot but its not. Its just over a book a month). This year I originally challenged myself to read 15 books but by June, I passed that goal so now I changed it to reading 25 by the end of the year (again, to some this is a lot. I’ve seen teachers read 10 books in a month). What changed? My mindset. I told myself that I can do it and I made reading a priority. Now I will be totally transparent here: In June, after I did the OWLS Magical Readathon (you can read all about that here), I was totally burned out. I had to stop reading for a while to get my mind right. Now, I don’t rush it. I just take my time. If that means I read two books a month, then that’s fine! I don’t sweat it. Hell, I made my first goal for the year, so whatever I read for the rest of the year is just whatever to me!

So, what are some ways to improve your reading? 

I hope these tips will help you cultivate a love of reading or give you a nudge to up your reading game!

If you are a bookworm or have a bookworm in your life, you can check out these two sites for some cute book themed shirts and sweaters. They’re both ran bu teachers and have a lot of teacher themed shirts, but they’re both not limited to teacher themed shirts. One site is the Cutesy Class (the site where I got my “Teacher & Cat Mom” shirt) and the other is EastNashTeacher.com.     

This month’s book club read. I’m enjoying it so far!
Also currently reading this at the suggestion of my therapist!

 

What are some of your reading tips? What advice would you give to reading newbies?

XOXO,

LolaDasher

 

 

 

 

 

 

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