Am I, a regular on-hiatus pumpkin, qualified to make this advice post?
But will that stop me?
Plan it out
I cannot stress the importance of planning enough. I started a bullet journal last year and It honestly has made my life so much easier. One of the very important things to keep in mind is that to not overburden yourself. If you’re reading this post, you’re probably a busy person. For example, I am a senior year student and I have a ton of work to do on a regular basis, it includes preparing for exams, studying for competition exams, extra curricular activities etc. So I set realistic goals for myself. This includes :
✨ Setting a very easy going Goodreads goal for the year. (Mine is 20)
✨ Posting only once every week on my book blog (I usually do it on Sundays)
✨ Setting aside a day for taking book pictures and using them for future posts.
✨ Also it might not be a great idea to participate in a ton of Read-a-thons and challenges. Take it easy, especially if you don’t have the time.
Make the most out of time
✨ Ebooks are your friend. I had a hate to love relationship with My kindle. I hated eBooks. But that was before I discovered that It’s actually easier as well as faster to read an eBook than a physical copy. Audio-books are another great way to multi-task and save time.
✨ Carry your kindle or your book (if you dare to) along with a notepad everywhere. This way you can read whenever you get a chance. Bus rides, personally, help me a lot. You can also plan or jot down your blog post ideas while you’re on the move. It’s a win-win situation.
✨ Utilize study breaks to read a couple of pages, or go through your WordPress feed to read your friends’s blog posts instead of looking at cat videos on Instagram. #Guilty
✨ Reading in the morning, just after waking up while you’re still in bed, does not only help you to finish a book faster but it is actually very refreshing as well. I usually cannot manage to read in the morning on school days since my bus leaves at 5, but on weekends I try to read around 25-30 pages before getting up. Really helps.
Read what you want to
I have said this before and I’ll say it again : Read for yourself, not for the internet. You might feel a need to read and review the latest books but I’ll suggest reading only what you actually want to, these can be back titles as well. Do not request a ton of books on Netgalley and do not accept a ton of Arcs from authors or publishers. When you’ll have more things to read, You’ll feel pressured and skim through books, or not read it very heartily. Reading will become stressful. And that’s not what we want.
It’s okay to take some days off
As fun and relaxing reading and book blogging is, sometimes it can be something we’re just not in the mood for. I feel like it is important to acknowledge that not reading for long stretches of time, or feeling too lethargic even to finish that book from your favorite author does not mean that you’re any less of a bookworm. Being in a blogging or reading slump is totally okay. Who knows? Maybe you needed it. Stressing about books is something that defeats the purpose of books itself. Books are getaways, they bring happiness and joy. Let it only remain that ❤