time of your life when you only read ten pages at a time. Maybe work gets busy, or finals are coming up, but you get about halfway through a book and still don’t feel like you’ve been immersed in the story yet. I think every reader can understand this problem; all you want to do is sit down and read, but you can’t.
The struggle for me is real with this issue, since my final exams are this week, so I thought I would share a few tips on how to combat the “Bad Timing Read.”
adopted the idea of minimalism into my everyday life. Just over a year ago, physical and mental clutter filled my life. So, over a long weekend around this time last year, I came to a big decision. I was becoming a minimalist, and no one would stop me.
Here's the Deal:
I love bookstores. I love them all. I even love Barnes & Noble. But I don't love their prices. To be fair, the money they ask for their books is pretty unreasonable, but as a book lover, I'm going to pay however much they want me to pay. (WHY ARE BOOKS MY KRYPTONITE?!?) So, I've come to help you book people who like your books and money in equal amounts.
I know, I know. None of us want to exercise. But, if you're listening to that book you've been dying to read, this is the perfect way to motivate yourself. And, you'll have so much more fun on a walk, run, or bike ride!
This follows the same concept with the exercising. Bonus points if you're cleaning your bookshelf!
3. Do a Puzzle
A puzzle is a great way to occupy your mind while listening to a story. Your brain doesn't have to focus on completing a task, but it occupies the visual part of your mind while the auditory part is free to take in the story.
4. Fall Asleep
I haven't tried this for myself, but I do know that a lot of people swear by it. They set a timer on the audiobook, and snuggle down. This way, there is no physical act of reading keeping you awake, and you are more likely to get more sleep. (Rather than staying up until four in the morning for one more chapter.)
5. While Getting Ready in the Morning/at Night
I think I will start doing this. While you're getting ready in the morning, put on an audiobook. Nothing is more mindless in my day than getting dressed or brushing my teeth.
6. In the Car
Instead of listening to music on your way to work, listen to a story instead. You'll be amazed at how many books you will get through by not doing anything differently.
What's your go-to task when listening to audiobooks? Let me know in the comments!
While she turns on an audiobook,
I've never listened to an audiobook before, and I have to say it's a totally different experience. When you read a book, the story definitely takes place in your head. When you listen, it seems to happen in a little cloud all around it, like a fuzzy knit cap pulled down over your eyes"
What do you do when you need to get out of a reading slump? Let me know in the comments below!
While she struggles with her own slump monster,
A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading."
While all these tips are pretty neat, please remember that the most efficient and eco-friendly way to shop is with a reusable tote bag. It saves the planet every time you use it. (And most stores offer a discount if you bring your own bags.)
What do you do with your old Barnes & Noble bags? Let me know in the comments below!
As she contemplates buying more books for more bags,
Thanks to my mother, not a single cardboard box has found its way back into society. We receive gifts in boxes from stores that went out of business twenty years ago."
Those are some of my favorite nerdy topics other than books. Do you have a favorite to recommend? Leave it in the comments below!
While she attempts everything nerdy at once,
Never apologize for being nerdy, because unnerdy people never apologize for being assholes."
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I really enjoyed my vacation on the west coast. Let me know your dream vacation destination in the comments below!
Reading... a vacation for the mind...."
Ashton is a high school girl with a passion for books. She also participates in other activities such as sports and musical groups.
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