Since becoming a fully-fledged teenager, I seem to have let books (not the school kind) slowly trickle out of relevance in my life. I hate to think that I’m missing out on reading some brilliant books, but I just haven’t known where to start. With work and friends and endless things to do, I just haven’t picked up a book and read it. I haven’t. But recently, I’ve been trying to change that. I’d love to share with you just some of the ways that I’ve been bringing books back this year!

Resolution Number One: Reading on Saturdays

Personally, I find my Saturday mornings to be some of the most productive of the week. So you can do this one on the day of your preference; reading a chapter of a book is possibly one of the best ways to get yourself into a proactive mood! For instance, this morning, I reread the first chapter of the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde… and now I’m writing a blog post! Somehow, mysterious double personalities have made me more inclined to write. If it can work for me, it can work for anyone!

Resolution Number Two: Highlighting Favourite Quotes

I’ve never been one to deface a book in such a way as to pick out or highlight quotes, even in pencil. But something came over me when I saw the line “about as emotionless as a bagpipe”. I think it’s in little phrases like this that literary legends are born – who couldn’t think Robert Louis Stevenson was a literary genius after the line “carrying it off, sir, really like Satan”?

Resolution Number Three: Optional!

I mentioned earlier that I reread the first chapter of Dr Jekyll. This is because the first time I read it, I was pretty much making myself read. I thought that was the only way I was ever going to be able to read anything! It was on a weekday evening, I’d just finished my homework, so I wasn’t in the best of positions to start reading a novel anyhow. As a result, I really just didn’t get into the book, and it made me much less inclined to pick the book back up again.

I’m now going to make sure that I always remember this important message – reading is optional! It isn’t a chore, it’s just meant to be like switching on the telly. Except… in your mind. No one would make themselves start watching a whole new television show if they didn’t want to, they’d wait till they felt like it. Starting a new book should be approached in the same way!

I hope from reading this that either you’ll see that you’re ticking all the boxes already (in which case, I salute you!), or it might’ve made you want to give books another chance. In any case, thank you for reading my babble. I hope I’ve encouraged you in one way or another!

– L


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