“Reading is a passport to countless adventures.”

Mary Pope Osborne

So, you’ve lost your love for reading?

As you’ve most likely noticed when talking to fellow students, this (unfortunately) isn’t uncommon.

When you’re busy with schoolwork and already reading what seems like a never-ending amount of course materials, finding time to read for pleasure can be hard. Slowly, it begins feeling more like a chore than a hobby. So, instead, we find ourselves filling the time with other less fruitful activities like hours of Netflix binging or social media scrolling.

However, reading for pleasure can be extremely beneficial no matter what stage of life you’re in. To name a few key benefits, reading regularly for fun can help improve your writing skills, increase empathy, improve your relationships with others, reduce symptoms of depression or anxiety and help you understand yourself better.

On top of that, reading can also allow you to escape our (at times) overwhelming world to discover new worlds and experiences. When you find a passion for reading, a wide range of new opportunities open to you—you can talk about novels with other people, join book clubs, enjoy author and reading events, and so much more.

It’s really an all-around great pastime everyone should try incorporating into their lives.

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If you’re someone who doesn’t read for pleasure anymore but wants to get back into it, we want to help! We’ve compiled a list of stirring stories to get you started on your reading adventures; but before we get into them, we’ve got some tips for you to consider:

How to make yourself want to read for fun again

Actively set time aside

You’re never going to get back into reading if you don’t set aside time to actually read the words on the page.

There’s no need to commit hours of your time, but it’s essential to block off moments where you can commit to reading without distractions.

If finding time to read is difficult for you, start with something as small as 15-minute increments. When you think about it, 15 minutes is nothing, and it can be found almost anywhere—like during your transit commute, before bed, over your work break or between classes on campus.

Slowly, as you start to get back into reading, you’ll likely want more — and go from 15 minutes to 30 minutes to 45. Eventually, you might even find yourself unable to put your book down.

Ron Weasley from Harry Potter reading a book while eating.

Limit distractions

Distractions are everywhere, and as we’re sure you’re aware, it’s not hard to go back to them.

If you’re committed to reigniting your passion for reading, figure out the best ways to motivate yourself—locate a comfy spot and put your phone on silent!

If you feel the distractions pulling you to their dark side, remember that it’s worth sticking out. You’ll be a reader again in no time.

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Find the right things to read

Last but not least, the key to wanting to read for fun again is finding the right books.

You might already have a list of books you’ve wanted to readbut, in case you don’t, head to your local library. There, you can browse a huge selection of books without having to commit to any of them financially.

Walk up and down the aisles, pulling out books that catch your eye. DO judge books by their covers, and don’t be afraid to try out genres you might not have chosen in the past. After all, your reading interests might have changed since you last picked up a book.

If a book turns out to not be as intriguing as you’d expected, avoid forcing yourself to finish it. Of course, make sure to give every book a good try firstbut if a book is still not hooking you after a couple of chapters, give yourself permission to move on to the next one.

No one book is for everyone; so find what speaks to you!

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Now that you’ve got some tips to keep in mind before jumping back into reading, here are seven stories we think will pique your interest:

7 books to get back into reading for fun

Fangs (2020) — Sarah Andersen

Fangs by Sarah Anderson cover

Genres: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Romance, Fiction

Written by the same author as the enormously popular Sarah’s Scribbles comics, Fangs is bound to become one of your new favourites.

Featuring Sarah Andersen’s witty use of sarcasm, puns, beautiful gothic illustrations and adorable relatable relationship humour, this graphic novel follows the love story of a 300-year-old vampire named Elsie and a charming werewolf named Jimmy.

Follow along as they enjoy “horror films, scary books, shady strolls, fine dining (never including garlic), and a genuine fondness for each other’s unusual habits, macabre lifestyles, and monstrous appetites.”

First featured as a webcomic series on Tapas, this short read is perfect to get you back into the swing of reading for fun again.

They Both Die At The End (2017) — Adam Silvera

They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera Cover

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, LGBT, Romance

Written by New York Times bestselling author Adam Silvera, this 2017 release is definitely one you’ll need tissues for.

In this alternate world where the Death-Cast contacts people to tell them when their last day has arrived, two total strangers faced with the same burden come together to live one last unforgettable day of adventure – living a lifetime in a single day.

They Both Die at the End is a perfect reminder to make every moment count and Silvera reminds us that “there’s no life without death[and] no love without loss“.

Dune (1965) — Frank Herbert

Dune by Frank Herbert Cover

Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Classics

Set in the distant future, Dune is the story of Paul Atreides: a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding.

When his clan is betrayed and Atreides’ family destroyed, he’s set on a journey as the heir of his noble family. He must travel to Arrakis (the most dangerous planet in the universe) to ensure the future of his family and his people.

Dune explores the multi-layered interactions as factions of the empire confront each other to win over the control of Arrakis and its coveted “spice” melange.

If this book’s name rings a bell, it’s probably because you’ve heard of its highly anticipated feature film adaptation that premiered in October 2021. If you haven’t seen the film yet, consider reading the book first but if you have already seen it, don’t let that stop you from reading this classic.

And, if you happen to love Dune like so many others, Frank Herbert also wrote five sequels to also check out!

Midnight Sun (2020) — Stephenie Meyer

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Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Vampires

Experience the story you once loved from a different perspective.

Throughout the Twilight series, we only ever heard Bella’s side of the story. However, in Midnight Sun, the roles are reversed as we relive Edward and Bella’s love story but through Edward’s eyes.

As the story within Twilight takes on a new twist, you’ll finally understand Edward’s perspective, learning fascinating details about his past and the complexity of his inner thoughts.

Small Town Monsters (2021) — Diana Rodriguez Wallach 

Small Town Monsters by Diana Rodriguez Wallach Cover

Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

The Conjuring meets Stranger Things and The Vow in this Latin American folklore-inspired horror novel.

Author Diana Rodriguez Wallach delivers a genuinely spooky, suspenseful, and creepy tale that is sure to make you look in the closet and underneath the bed before going to sleep.

Follow intriguing characters Vera Martinez and Maxwell Oliver in their town of Roaring Creek, Connecticut as they join forces and find themselves thrust into a world from which they don’t belong.

This book will have you at the edge of your seat as the characters come face to face with disturbing stories and what drives people to evil.

If you love horror, then this is a must-read!

Atomic Habits — James Clear

Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results. Atomic Habits. An east & proven way to build good habits & break bad ones. James Clear. Book Cover

Genres: self-help, psychology, non-fiction

If you’re on a journey of self-improvement, this one is for you!

As one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, James Clear shares a straightforward and easy-to-understand guide for developing positive habits and letting go of negative ones to create a life you’ve always imagined, no matter your goals.

Along the way, be inspired and entertained with true stories from Olympic athletes, award-winning artists, business leaders, and star comedians who have mastered the use of small positive habits to reach the top of their field.

Not only is Atomic Habits a great read but, who knows, it might help you in more ways than one!

I see London, I see France (2017) — Sarah Mlynowski

I see London, I see France. Sarah Mlynowki Book cover

Genres: Young Adult, Travel, Romance, Fiction

Got a case of the travel bug? This might be the book for you.

Follow along as 19-year-old Sydney spends four and half weeks of her summer travelling through Europe with her childhood best friend, Leela.

Live vicariously through their adventures as they visit iconic locations, try new foods, make new friends and meet some tres hot strangers.

As unexpected plans arise along the way, Sydney must learn when to hold on, when to keep moving, and when to take the leap of faith to live her best life.

A woman says, "Keep Reading. Keep Dreaming."

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