I’ve been trying to do some reading lately but every single time I get going, someone or something prevents me from reading a page. It’s been bothering me so much that I felt it was time for another blogpost in which I provide all of you with some handy tips.
It’s really becoming a thing lately and I enjoy doing these kinds of blogposts and therefor it’s going to become a regular thing on here.
So here’s some advice from me on:
What to do when everything seems to keep you from reading?
We’ve all been there, right? You’re planning a day of reading (or maybe an hour) and suddenly everyone in the whole world seems to need you for every little thing. Be it either a cat who needs attention or a stranger on the train who feels it’s necessary to tell you its lifestory… it’s always something that keeps you from enjoying some reading time.
So here’s some handy tips for you:
By taking precautions I mean: get everything you need during your reading session in one place. Make sure you have some snacks, something to drink and possibly a tissue box. Oh! and make sure there’s a DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door.
Those things are quite the necessity to every reader who doesn’t live alone. And they’re fun to make too. All you need is an empty card and you can decorate it yourself.
I’ve seen lots and lots of really beautiful DO NOT DISTURB signs out there. Some of them fandom related and some of them a little more plain.
I own three of these and made them myself. One of ACOTAR, one of The Shadowhunters Chronicles and one in a more Mid-Eastern style.
Now.. I’m quite a bad artist so I won’t bore you with ugly pictures of even more ugly DO NOT DISTURB signs but you can make one of your own using this image <———————-
If anyone should still bust through your door with a question on their lips, ready to haul you from your reading, just point to the door and wave them off. There is a reason for the sign, no further explanations needed.
And you might want to have your phone on you. In case you need to vent to your best friend about something your bookboyfriend/girlfriend did…
Damn you Rhysand!!
Out the world.
I’m not talking about turning your back on the entire world but blocking out everything around you is an important part of the next scenario.
I usually love taking the train or the bus to go to places. I don’t have to drive myself, I can just sit back and relax while the driver takes me wherever I need to go. In The Netherlands, trainrides don’t take that long but they’re still very extensive. If I need to go to the southern part of Holland it usually takes me about 3 hours. And during those hours I always grab a book and start reading…
And almost always someone comes to sit next to me, sees my book and begins to ask me what it’s about, if I enjoy the story or they’ll begin to relay their life story to me. It’s really freaking annoying.
Nowadays, I don’t leave the house with earbuds. Whenever I get onto a train or into a bus, I always put them in and enjoy some music while I’m reading. Now… 5 out of 10 times someone will still try to talk to you but at least you can do this:
I don’t want to be an anti-social monster or anything but just let me read, please.
I mean, a few questions about the book is fine. I’m happy to recommend it to you (or not, depends on the book) but I am wearing those earbuds for a reason, dude…
Whenever there’s a new release, I usually tend to lock myself in my room to read the book and not come out until it’s finished. During those tense hours, my phone is left unattended, I stop answering the door or phone-calls and don’t update my social media
it’s the worst place to be when a book is released.
So it happens that my friends, colleagues or family members text me or send me messages through social media to ask me what I’m up to, where I’m at or what I’m doing.
To prevent them from thinking something terrible happened and busting down your door to see if you’re still breathing, give them notice of what you’re about to do.
Scream it from the rooftops, post it on every social media platform, paint it on your door, text everyone you know and, if you want to take matters that far, send out postcards that will announce to each and every person you know that you’re about to spend 48 hours hauled up in your room, living on candybars and booze while trying to finish a highly anticipated book that’s just released without getting spoilered.
Keep your head in the game.
I don’t know if any of you guys experience this but I have times at which my brain just won’t shut up and get into the reading. It just keeps throwing distractions at me, like:
You really should do some laundry before reading.
“ah ba ba ba bird bird bird, bird is the word”
Are you sure you don’t need to go to the bathroom?
*endless continuation of the Mario game-theme*
What is life?
*insert existential crisis*
If anything of the above sounds familiar, the book you’re reading probably isn’t doing it for you and you should be reading something else. It’s okay if a book doesn’t work for you. It only means the genre or the story doesn’t interest you much or it just isn’t the right time for you to be reading it.
I’ve had a lot of books like these. I got distracted to the point where it took me months
MONTHS to finish it and ending up hating it while loving it after rereading the very same book, a couple years later.
So if this happens to you, just put the book back on the shelf and keep it for later.
That’s it for this week.
I’m curious to hear what you think about reading distractions.
Are you as annoyed as I am sometimes, when strangers come up at you and randomly start talking?
Do you barricade your door when you’re reading a new release?
Let me know 🙂