10 Ways to Read More

Helloooo. In the world we live in, everyone is BUSY. Busy studying, busy doing homework, busy working, busy, busy, busy. Sometimes it can be hard to find and make time to read, but I believe that reading is a wonderful balance to all that business! So I’ve composed a list of ten tricks that might help all the busy people out there with balancing their lives with reading. Let me know if you have any tips that I didn’t think of!

  1. Listen to audiobooks.
    Audiobooks are great. Nowadays, they are such a portable book format and you can listen to them at times when you couldn’t actually read a book: while driving, showering, brushing your teeth, getting dressed, making coffee… The list goes on. Audiobooks are an especially good option if you’re like me and can’t read during car rides because of motion sickness!
  2. Always have a book with you (physical copy, ebook on your phone, audiobook, etc.).
    You never know when the opportunity to read will arise. You’d be surprised how many spare minutes here and there you can take advantage of, and how much they add up.
  3. Read whenever you can.
    In between classes, during a lull in instruction, during lunch, while walking (jk)… You get the idea.
  4. Read wherever you can.
    On the subway, at the bus stop, in the car, on a plane, under your desk… I think you catch my drift.
  5. Read before bed.
    Even if you’re tired, read a few pages! It’ll help your mind relax and improve your sleep.
  6. Re-read.
    Re-reading books you’ve previously read consumes less of your time and energy. Plus, reading a book you know you love may help you get back into the swing of reading regularly.
  7. Buy books.
    I’ve found that I’m less likely to brush aside a book if I paid for it because I’ve already invested in it and I hate waste. I’m not saying you should buy all your books though, mind you.
  8. Read adaptations.
    If you love films or TV, try reading the print version. Or better yet, read the book first and then treat yourself to the screen adaptation!
  9. Prioritize.
    Instead of insisting that you don’t have time for reading, make time for reading. If you really want to read more, prioritize it. Carve out time every day, or as often as you’d like, for reading. You can try scheduling regular reading time, or just make room for it as you go.
  10. Make it fun.
    This goes for everyone, whether you’re trying to get out of a reading slump or trying to get into reading. Have fun with it. Read books you’re interested in. Don’t pressure yourself. Find a cozy reading niche and curl up with a cup of tea. Treat reading like it’s a luxury, because for many people it is.

What are your tips for reading more?

Thanks for reading.

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Top 10 Female Characters

I love reading about fantastic female characters, whether they be protagonists or side characters, so I thought I’d compose a list of my top ten fictional female characters to share with you. I wouldn’t say that they are in order necessarily, with the exception of the first four. Let me know if we share any favorites!

  1. Celaena Sardothien//Aelin Galanthynius
    (Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas)
    My favorite, favorite, FAVORITE heroine of all time. I will say nothing other than to order you to read the Throne of Glass series. You won’t be disappointed.
  2. Lia
    (The Remnant Chronicles trilogy by Mary E. Pearson)
    Lia is a bomb female protagonist. She is sharp-witted, sharp-tongued, and just awesome all around. I would love to be her!
  3. Hermione Granger
    (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
    I feel like if I were a fictional character, I would be Hermione. She’s so bookish and loves learning, but she also has a sense of justice. Not to mention, she doesn’t put up with much crap. I love and respect her so much.
  4. Katniss Everdeen
    (The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins)
    Katniss is just a classic at this point. She’s so badass and strong-willed, and Jennifer Lawrence really brings her to life in the film adaptations.
  5. Arya Stark
    (A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin)
    Okay, so this is cheating a little bit because I mainly picked Arya because I love her character in the show Game of Thrones. However, I have read the first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Game of Thrones, and Arya is boss.
  6. Annabeth Chase
    (Percy Jackson & the Olympians series by Rick Riordan)
    Annabeth, like Hermione, is always seeking wisdom and knowledge. She’s courageous and keeps Percy humble… She and Hermione would make great friends!
  7. Rose Hathaway
    (Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead)
    Strong-willed, sassy, and loyal… How can you NOT love Rose Hathaway?
  8. Sydney Sage
    (Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead)
    Sydney is another intellectual one. If I weren’t Hermione, I’d probably be Sydney. She’s a rule follower as long as the rules are just and good, and she always strives to do what’s right. I love her development and find her very relatable.
  9. Cammie Morgan
    (Gallagher Girl series by Ally Carter)
    My 12-year-old dream was to become a spy thanks to Cammie. She’s fun, relatable, and has an AWESOME occupation!
  10. Professor McGonagall
    (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
    Minerva is such a beloved character in the Harry Potter fandom. Stern, just, and loyal, she’s a fantastic teacher, leader, and role model for her students and her House.

Who’s your favorite fictional female character?

Thanks for reading.

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