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8 October 2015

How to Read Well and Fast

As you might have noticed from my blog, I am a reading being! Haha, I just made up that definition, because I don't really like the expression bookworm. I am a person who loves reading books for pleasure, for my studies, and sometimes I even like having to read academic articles. I write lots of book reviews on my blog (if you want to have a look at them click here) and always enjoy doing it. This takes quite a bit of organisation as it's no easy task, but if you learn some 'reading management' it can be fun, relaxing and extremely enriching.
Many of my friends have asked me at different times how I do it, how do I read so quickly or how do I read so much and so forth, so I finally decided to share some of my reading tips! I will mix how I read well and how I read fast.

1- Find a Comfy Spot

Make sure that your reading spot is one you like and where you feel at ease. That could be your bed, your sofa, or under the porch of your garden. I love reading in bed or on the beach when the weather is good, however I generally find that reading outdoors can be more distracting.

2- Brew Some Tea and Bring Some Snacks with You

I love reading while sipping my favourite tea and adding some snacks to it - to me snacks mean cakes, but it could be any other food you like. Reading requires energy people!

3 - Read Regularly

This is probably the hardest tip I will be giving you today, but also the most important one. In order to enjoy what you're reading or understand it thoroughly (in case it's for your studies) you should make sure that you don't leave a huge time gap between your reading sessions. You'll forget what the book is about and getting back in track will be quite hard. So try and read even a few pages per day so that you don't lose track of it.

4- Find Your Bookish Favourite Format

I personally love paperbacks. I like physical books that are easy to carry around and with big fonts, and I'm still not much into eBooks (find out why here). Understand what your favourite book format is. Are you a physical books person or an digital book person?

5- Bring Your Book Wherever You Go!

Now you don't literally need to bring your book everywhere, but personally…I do. I'm quite an impatient person so if I have to stand in a queue or wait for my pasta to cook, or anything else really, I will grab my book and read a few pages.

6- Keep Track of the Pages You Read

This is a read-fast tip only. If you have to read a book for school or university, make sure you are a bit strict with yourself so that you don't get to the reading deadline without having finished the book. Set a number of pages to read per day and keep it up (example: set 10/30 pages per day). Knowing how much you have to read will help you focus on your objective and forget that you might not feel like doing it!

7- Treat Your Books with Love

Just like people, books need love. So get a bookmark and don't ruin the book pages' corners by folding them; keep them in order; don’t lose them! (that's the worst). Books are some of the biggest valuables we own, so treat them well!

8- Feel like a Lucky Reader

Remember that history chapter you had to study in school where they said that some books were banned at the time? That's perhaps any reader's biggest nightmare. We are so blessed to be able to read what we want. Book censorship still exists, but that's improved so much through time and today we are able to read many of the books that have been censored in the past. So feel lucky to be able to have that new classic on your bedside table, because it used to be illegal only a few decades ago.

9- Forgive Your Reading Slumps

You know that feeling when you just can't be bothered to pick up a book and read it? That feeling. I know it makes you feel a bit bad, but it's fine. Everyone has gone through that phase and it's completely normal. Reading will drift away from you and then it will come back, asking for your attention. You will then embrace it back with all of your bookish love and your relationship with Mrs Reading will go back to normal.

10 - Be Book-Mindful

Get a Goodreads account and start tracking the books you read and the ones you want to read in the future. (There are other websites and apps you can do this on, but Goodreads is my favourite). This will make you look at reading in the big picture and be aware of your reading plan, something that you might have not been doing until now - which is why you might feel confused about what to read and how to read it.

11- Follow Bookish Social Media Profiles

Personally, I like adapting social media to my interests. I follow many bookish Instagram profiles to keep my reading inspiration up (you can find them by searching hashtags like bookstagram, bookbloggers, booktube, currentlyreading, etc.), YouTube Bookish channels (just search booktube in YouTube) and Book Bloggers. Book bloggers are a bit harder to find; if you look for book reviews on Google or Bloglovin though, you might find some coming up.

12- Enjoy!

Don’t set yourself too many rules (which is kind of a funny advice after all the points I made…). Enjoy the magical world of reading and books. The more you get into it, the faster you will become at reading, which is what most people seem worried about nowadays. However, don't feel bad if you don’t read enough or quickly enough. Everyone has got their own method of reading and it's absolutely fine.


I hope you enjoyed this post. I put so much effort into it because reading is vital to me - both because I am a languages student and because it's my passion. Please make sure you share your thoughts and reading tips in the comments!

12 comments:

  1. sometimes a break is good for the eyes

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    1. That's actually some good advice, hadn't thought about that hehe :)

      Assia | www.assiashahin.com

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  2. this has actually inspired me more to get out of my reading slump! I've been such a bookworm since I was a little kid and lately i've kinda lost it and have been lacking in reading majorly which sucks x

    www.taintedblues.co.uk

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    1. Oh I'm so glad about that! I'm always happy to inspire people to read more because more reading = more happiness in the world! I know what you mean - I went through different phases too. I was obsessed as a kind then stopped and in the last few years got back into it :)

      Assia | www.assiashahin.com

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  3. I love this! I'm a reader myself and definitely all of these tips apply / have applied to me. I'll get into reading slumps but then can't put a book down other times. I get a lot of reading done on the subway, especially if it's a long ride!

    ~Lor @ cozycomfyhome.com

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    1. Thanks Lor! You're so kind as usual :) I read on buses and the metro too, it's the best as nobody can disturb you there. Hope you're having a good day!

      Assia | www.assiashahin.com

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  4. Aww this is a lovely and helpful list! I'm also really impatient and I love Goodreads too :)

    Faye x
    i wish i could wink

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    1. Hahah! You're right, I'm a very impatient person. It feels like Goodreads can help you define what you're going through in your reading track, that's why I like it. Hope you're having a good day xx

      Assia | www.assiashahin.com

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  5. Great post and tips! I always get mad at myself for not reading more!
    I definitely try and make the most of long train rides and immerse myself in my book.
    I'm currently reading 'Girl in the Woods' and it's excellent! Would definitely recommend!
    http://aworldlyaddiction.com

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    1. Thanks Adelaide! :) I know the feeling, I always wish I could read more than I actually do. I'll definitely check the book out - the title sounds very intriguing. :)

      Assia | www.assiashahin.com

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  6. Tesoro questo blog รจ fantastico! Complimenti!

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    1. Mi fa piacere che ti piaccia! Torna quando vuoi! <3

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