I talk a lot about my love for reading and enjoy sharing my favorite book recommendations on instagram and snapchat (@alexisroch).
After my awesome books to read this winter post, and how to make the most of winter, I had so many people tell me that wished they loved to read too. Or they used to be an avid reader, but had lost the love of reading! I also had a few people ask me how I find the time to read or how I love it?
Reading is something that is special to me. There was a period in my life that I stopped reading completely, and didn’t think it was an important part of my life anymore!
So, let me tell you a little store about my journey to becoming a reader again and tips to help you fall in love with reading again too!
When I was a little girl, I was a huge fan of books. I was an advanced reader even in 1st grade, so I was constantly devouring any book I could get my hands on. Nancy drew, Little House on the Prairie, The Hardy Boys, and even The Babysitters Club were always favorites of mine.
Summers were an adventurous time for me in the library! My mom would take me a few times a week and I would pick out a huge stack of books to take home. When I wasn’t outside, I was reading.
Reading became a comfort to be when I was diagnosed with RA at 10 years old. There were many days I was hurting and couldn’t go play with my friends, so I loved getting to read a great book and be transported somewhere fun.
It was the middle of high school that I stopped reading. For one, I was starting to get into some more difficult classes and spent most of my free time studying. Along with that, reading wasn’t really the thing at that age. It was all about being cool, driving, and hanging with my friends. This was the same in college too!
Except in college, I was starting to read really complex chemistry and math books for my degree, and frankly my brain was totally fried by the end of the day. I couldn’t even think about picking up a book!
The longer I put off reading, the more I decided “I wasn’t a reader.” Then, one day when my husband and I were married, living in California, my mom sent me a book that she thought I would enjoy. It was a super thick book too called “… And Ladies of The Club” by Helen Hoover Santmyer. Full of history, this book was set in the 1860s to the 1930s. Right up my alley for sure!
I really wanted to read it. I started it multiple times over a period of a few years, and just couldn’t get past the first few chapters. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it, I just kept getting distracted and decided it was to in depth to read. I almost gave it away a few times, but ended up just putting it away.
Then, a funny thing happened. My husband was very sick and in and out of hospitals for a long time. I would spend hours upon hours sitting in waiting rooms. I would bring magazines, but those only took up so much time. I was getting extremely bored, but I wanted to be there for my husband.
I came home one day and dug around for a book to read and remember that book my mom sent. I packed it up one day and started to read it during a 10 hour wait at the hospital.
That day flew by because I got so into the book. It was emotional, historical, architectural, and all about educated women becoming homemakers after the Civil War. All thing things I find super interesting.
That book really kept me company during those long days and when I finally finished it, I was sad that it was over! I kept thinking about the characters and their lives, and it really made an impact on me. That is when I remembered my love of reading. I still loved connecting with characters from books and learning about different aspects of living or history. I had found my love of reading again and suddenly had to get my hands on more books.
I started out simple though and discovered the genres I loved most. After many years of being a reader again, I have expanded my favorite topics to a wide range and really enjoy it!
So, how can you fall in love with reading again? I have some tips that may help and maybe you can find your “…And Ladies of the Club” type book to bring you back to it also!
Tip One. Think about what you enjoy.
We all have different interests. For instance, I really don’t like romance books, but I know some people who absolutely adore them! Think about your favorite movies or topics in general, then try to find books that match that.
I have made the mistake of trying to read books that others talk about liking, without really being interested in the subject. Then, it has the opposite effect and makes me think I hate reading!
Tip Two. Start small.
Don’t try to set a huge reading goal if you have been out of the reading game for a long time. Just set a goal of one or two books that you find and give yourself some time to read them.
Tip Three. Remember a favorite book from childhood and read it again.
Sometimes, you just need to remember how much you loved it! A favorite book of mine from childhood that is still an absolute favorite of mine is The Anne of Green Gables Series. I couldn’t love anything more than Anne’s descriptive and poetic descriptions of seasons and nature.
I am an absolute nature lover and have the same feelings towards seasons and life, so reading those books make me have a happy feeling, which makes me want to read more happy books!
Tip Four. Set aside a special time read, and make it a fun experience!
This was another big one for me. I always struggled with distractions or finding the time to read, which in turn, kept me from getting far in a book.
First, I found a comfortable place to read, with a nice view. In my house now, I have a big, overstuffed chair that looks outside at a field with trees. I love reading in that chair because it is so peaceful and serene. I always make something really good to drink like a delicious winter tea or my favorite cup of coffee.
Eventually, you start getting excited about your reading time because of how comfortable and cozy it is.
In the summer, I LOVE going outside on the porch swing in the sunshine and bringing a book!
Tip Five. Try small reads first.
If you really struggle with liking to read or finding the time, try reading small things first. Like blog articles 🙂 Or online journals, articles, newspapers, etc.
I started reading blogs before discovered my love of reading again. I enjoyed reading the small, non committed articles when I had some spare time. I still love to read online articles, but it is a really great place to start if you have trouble committing to a book!
Tip Six. Practice!
This last tip is so true for so many things in life especially habits. Forming a habit takes time and practice. Reading is really a habit and a hobby, but when haven’t read in awhile, it takes practice each day to get back into it.
Even when I started reading again, I still wasn’t reading a lot. As I get older, I make it more of a priority and practice it when I can. Sometimes in the evening, I will just read before bed instead of watching TV. I started doing that for some many evenings, I got to where I looked forward to it and preferred it to watching TV!
Reading has definitely been a passion of mine and I am so glad I discovered how much I love it again, I hope you can too!
I have some book recommendations coming again soon for all my current reads 🙂 Feel free to follow me on snapchat (username:: alexisroch) for some more ideas!