Considering reading is my main hobby aside from this blog, I really don’t do it that often anymore. I think a lot of people find that the older they get the more their hobbies fall by the wayside. We lead increasingly busy lives, desperately juggling work, friends, partners and keeping fit, and often the first things to slip are the things we truly enjoy doing.
Reading is definitely something I miss doing regularly. I go through phases of reading lots for about two weeks and then get swept up in the business of life and I forget about it again. I’ve talked about my ever-growing to read pile before, and it’s time I started making a dent in it before the end of the year. When I do make time to read, I find it massively helps with my mental wellbeing. Taking even half an hour every day to read and immerse myself in a book helps me to unwind in a way that watching TV or playing a game can’t quite achieve. In an attempt to try and bring reading back into my life in a big way, I’m implementing a few things to try and squeeze it into my daily routine.
It sounds obvious, but if you don’t have a book you’re not going to read a book. I’m terrible for forgetting to bring reading material with me, meaning I end up spending lunch times or train journeys scrolling through instagram or reading blogs on my phone. It’s fun, but getting properly stuck into a book is so much better. There’s now a book just living in my usual handbag and I’m hoping this will mean I actually remember to read.
I quite often fall into the trap of dedicating myself to one book and then struggling to finish it. Sometimes you start reading something quite heavy-going and almost start to dread continuing reading it, meaning that you never end up finishing it but feel like you can’t pick up something new to read until you have. I’m going back to my old ways of reading several books at once, meaning if I’m starting to lose interest in one I can switch to the other and vice versa. Maybe this way I can finally finish Middlemarch…
Alternative reading matter is also something I tend to overlook. As much as I love books, I’ve recently discovered that some magazines can be just as fulfilling a read. I’m not talking about Elle and Marie Claire, I’m thinking of the independent magazines that are brought out less frequently but as such have more well-thought out and curated content, and are more likely to cover topics I enjoy reading about. I’m thinking that once I’ve learnt a little more about independent magazines I may write a blog post about them, but for if you’re interested I recommend Lauren’s post on her favourites.