Reading was a huge part of my childhood. I would get so immersed in stories that I’d walk home from school reading, or try to sneak a chapter in during class under my desk. My parents always encouraged us to make reading a priority — unless it was time to practice piano and then I didn’t have a choice between Harry Potter and Mozart (Mozart always seemed to win).
I never really believed people when they said that I’d stop reading when I started university. My love of reading didn’t change when I started high school, so why would it change for university? HA! What a cute question, little Row.
My first year of university was a losing battle against the demanding reading list. I tried so hard to keep up, but there was always more to be done. By the time I had a bit of downtime, the last thing I wanted to do was crack open a book. I mean… I had Netflix for the first time!
After graduation, I felt like I’d recovered enough to make reading a priority. We had our big Europe adventure to look forward to and the endless train and plane rides were the perfect opportunity start reading again.
01 | Just start
It’s time to just pick up a book. There’s a wide range of genres that I love to read, but I knew that if I started with anything heavy that I would give up immediately. Instead, I opted for easy reads like young adult novels and love stories. These books eased my brain back into a routine and I devoured so many books because I started with easy plots and lovable characters.
02 | Use your library
I love buying books and one day hope to have a library in my dream house. Unfortunately, I definitely do not have a budget for buying a load of books right now. I purchased a Kobo Aura for my trip because it’s small and connects with the Toronto Public Library’s ebook collection. They have so many titles across all genres that you’re bound to find something. If you’d rather a physical copy, I’d also recommend taking an afternoon to peruse the stacks at your local library. If they don’t have a book you’re looking for, you can always order it online to your closest branch. They’ll just give you a call when your books have arrived and you can pick them up!
03 | Goodreads
One of my best friends made me sign up for Goodreads when I was in high school and I still use it to track the books I’ve read or want to read. You can rate and review books as you read them and connect with a community of people who love the same books as you. I like to go on and read reviews and snippets of books I might want to read someday. If you’re super organized you can even arrange the books in different “shelves” to make them easier to navigate.
What books have you been loving recently? I’m always looking for recommendations!