I loved studying literature, but I wasn’t that fussed about reading.
Reading has always been an effort for me. It took until I was 27 to get to the bottom of why, but it was rarely something that I ever did for pleasure. I would read on holidays. Occasionally go through phases of reading on my commute to work, but I didn’t ever curl up on the sofa and read. You wouldn’t have known it though, especially considering I have a degree in Literature. And I spent three years as an English teacher. I loved studying literature, but I wasn’t that fussed about reading.
Read about why I believe reading for pleasure is so important here [link coming soon]
With the exception of holidays, I now read almost exclusively in bed. I try to get in at least a chapter before I go to sleep, but often this will turn into 30 minutes+ reading and multiple chapters. It has taken a while to train myself out having my phone in the bedroom. I don’t have any devices in there now, only ‘proper’ books are allowed!
As I read at the end of day, I stick with ‘beach-reads’. These pulpy, cheesy and fun reads are perfect for winding down. I don’t want to read into my reading (pardon the pun) and would much rather have a easy time of it. If I do try something more ‘challenging’ it is likely to send my mind whirring and stop me getting any sleep at all!
I don’t have any devices in there now, only ‘proper’ books are allowed!
I also listen to audiobooks (which still counts as reading as far as I am concerned) when I am on long walks and drives. They are great for when my partner are on long road trips together – saves arguing over music!