How to Become a Better Reader in 2020

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“More reading” is something many of us put on our New Year’s resolution lists, but it’s never easy to find time for it.

Even when you sit down to finally get some reading done, how focused on it are you really? Most people can’t help but think about other stuff, too, and we totally get that. This is especially prominent if you squeeze reading in together with other activities like commuting or running on a treadmill while listening to an audiobook.

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Forever my favorite Sunday reading spot. 📖☕️ True story I went to this coffee shop today & couldn’t get a picture because it was too crowded, so please forgive me this throwback from quieter days 😉🖤 • GUUUYS. We need to talk about THE RETURN by Rachel Harrison. HOLY COW. I spent my whole evening yesterday reading annnd I finished the book just after midnight. 🤓 I LOVED it, and I’ll have a full review of it up soon, but want to share some thoughts… 🔎 • First thought: this book is definitely a horror novel, and it’s got elements of supernatural suspense, too. It’s CREEPY. It’s not quite as scary as I expected, but it’s got some amazing, goosebump-inducing thrills. 😳 It also has some truly gruesome moments – i was reading while eating dinner last night & had to stop and pause my reading til I finished eating. 😂 This book struck a really fantastic balance between horror, chills, and entertainment – I actually didn’t mind that it wasn’t TOTALLY terrifying bc it allowed the read to stay in the “fun” horror category, if that makes sense. 👍🏻 THE RETURN is also a fantastic story of friendship and what it means to be a woman in your 20’s. This story follows a group of friends reuniting after the traumatic disappearance of one of their own. Over the course of the novel, not only are we following the increasingly scary unraveling of what *actually* happened to Julie (the woman who disappeared & then reappeared), but we’re also learning more about what each of the women is going through in their own personal lives. It’s SUCH a compelling & engaging balance of supernatural horror and relatable coming-of-age woes. 🙌🏻 • Basically, I was HOOKED on this read & my brain isn’t ready to let it go. 😭🖤 HIGHLY recommend this book for friends who want chills & thrills and fresh, modern horror. 👌🏻🙌🏻

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If you can’t take time to just read and do nothing else at the same time, ask yourself if reading really is a priority for you. If it is, get serious about it.

Always remember it’s not about how many books you read, but what you get from them. Give yourself plenty of time alone with the book and don’t feel guilty about it. You don’t have to read every latest bestseller, you only have to read things you actually want to read.

“Slow reading” is the trend we need to remind us of the values of reading that made us fall in love with books in the first place.