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5 tips for your summer reading


by Dillan-James Carter

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Exams are over! And whether you’re jet-setting abroad or holding down several jobs to keep the lights on, now is the perfect time to dust off the Dostoevsky and start your summer reading challenge. To start you off, here are some tips to get that desire for books burning.


1. Give yourself a goal – though not too big!

Whether it be finish one book in the next month or a list over the week, a target is a great way to keep yourself in check and can be very rewarding once achieved. Make sure to make it realistic to your ability and schedule; if the goal’s too unmanageable it’ll put you off the endeavour entirely. I use Goodreads, which tracks your reading list for the year and from that you can begin to learn your reading pace and set your goals to match.


2. Make it a habit

Set time each day to make it a part of your regular routine, and after a while it’ll become a habit and something you can’t live without doing. Reading before you go to bed can be great as it becomes something you can’t snooze without. 


3. Never leave without a book

Always having a book to hand makes it so handy to squeeze in some extra chapters on the go – whether it be bus or nightclub booth. If you get the inclination to check social media, picking up your book instead is a great way to whittle down the pages.


4. Make reading social

Joining a book club or just reading with your mates is a brilliant way to keep yourself on target. It provides a great network to engage with the piece, get recommendations and meet new people. It can also be a great way to get you out of your reading comfort zone or go back to old favourites.


5. Begin with something you’ll love!

If you don’t read regularly, don’t jump straight to a Russian epic (personally I’ve found stream of consciousness pieces very difficult to follow). Pick topics you’ll know you like or authors you’re comfortable with; fancy a murder mystery? Agatha Christie’s where it’s at: NO MARPLE! It can be interesting to investigate the authors inspirations for their book: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess was influenced greatly by Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.


And with all I can say is good luck! Soon you’ll be able to tell your Brontës apart and have a book count Virginia Woolf would be scared of.

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