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Top 7 Tips for the Best Summer Reading Experience

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Now that summer is beginning, everyone has more time to start exploring new hobbies. Something that has been a tradition for as long as I can remember is reading. During school, one can become very preoccupied with homework and stressed about the amount of things that need to be done. Reading eases that stress, but because of school, we can never find the time. If you have just taken up reading this summer, here are a few tips to enjoy that perfect reading experience. Let's get into it!

1. Finding a Genre

Finding a genre can be difficult, especially if reading is something new to you. I always find it helpful to take a gander at what's on the shelf. Go through different book aisles, whether it be Horror, Anime, Mystery, or Romance. I grew up reading Nancy Drew and A Series of Unfortunate Events, so I looked for books similar in this genre. When I saw that I was more interested in books like The Divergent Series and starting watching Rom-Coms, I decided to explore that through different books I read. No one likes the same books all the time, everyone has a preference. As long as you get lost while you read, that's all that really matters.

2. Visit Local Libraries and Bookstores

The next step in your reading journey is finding a place to get your books. I used to go through books every week, so I found it cheaper and a lot better to check out books from the library. However, if you're new to reading, check out your local libraries and bookstores. I would personally start off with libraries first. If you don't find your book interesting, you can always return it. Another great thing about checking out books is that you can check out a few books at a time. If you finish one book, you can move on to the next.

I recommend bookstores to people who have an idea of their preferred genre. Here you can look for more books similar to your previous favorites. I like making a list of all my favorite books that I've read over the years, so when I return to the bookstores I can find similar titles related to my favorites. Something I would recommend for avid readers is visiting vintage bookstores. They are truly hidden gems. You can always find something new and unexpected in these places. However, use this tip with caution. Some bookstores don't allow returns, and most books are used and worn. Only go to such places if you truly know what you're looking for.

3. Library/Staff Recommendations and Picks

A great way to get into reading is by asking the staff or librarians what they would recommend. Part of being and working as a librarian or staff member at a bookstore is making recommendations to customers. You can also ask them if they can find any books related to your favorites or any books by the same author. I've asked staff members for recommendations all the time. They sincerely give the best recommendations for their customers. You can also find recommendations in book clubs and YA newsletters.

4. Start Small, Work Your Way Up

I know all too well about the rush you get once you find and buy that perfect book. After you read the first, you just want to buy more, and before you know it, book-buying becomes addictive. Don't fall into the trap of buying books you'll never end up reading. Start small first. Take time on your first book. When we read too much too fast, it can become boring, and we fall into this book rut of putting off reading for a while. Reading should be fun and exciting, something that should be done routinely. I would suggest starting off with something small, and then working your way up as you grow through your reading journey. Through the years, I've gone from individual books to trilogies to series. I know how to pace myself because I know that when you read too much of the same genre it can get a bit boring. So take your time, and pace yourself as you read.

5. Reading In Intervals

This goes along with pacing yourself as you read. I like to read for thirty minutes to an hour, depending on how much time I have. If I'm bored, I like to find time during the day away from electronics and actually read. If you really can't get into reading whatsoever, try setting an alarm as you read. For my avid readers, once you finish one chapter, you're hooked for hours. One thing that I absolutely make sure I do before I finish reading, is always end the chapter. It's a tradition of mine for as long as I can remember, I have to end at the start of a new chapter, or the end of the last one. I do this for suspense, but mainly so that the next time I open my book, no matter how long it's been, I won't be confused about what happened or where I left off.

6. Bookmarks

Bookmarks can become a great motivator in reading. Finding an aesthetically-pleasing bookmark can set the perfect, enjoyable reading mood. I'm currently obsessed with Van Gogh bookmarks. For beginner readers, a slip of paper or receipt can also be used. However, if you do want to read more, I definitely recommend buying bookmarks. There's also so many to choose from, it isn't just paper or plastic. Some are vinyl, others have tassels, and there are even some that are magnetic. I will say that an insult to all avid readers, is folded corner pages. So keep that in mind the next time you check out or read a book. Invest in a bookmark to enjoy that reading adventure.

7. Finding your "Reading Place"

The final step in your reading journey is finding that special "reading zone". It's the place where you can read while being free from any distractions. It's a place where you can easily get lost in your book and feel perfectly comfortable. For some, it's being alone in your room, for others it's putting white noise on, and lighting a candle while sipping on your favorite drink. It really just depends on what you're comfortable with.

Some people can be content lounging on the couch reading, and others need to be alone while they read. I find that nature and being outside sets the perfect mood while I read. Natural light is always the best when reading, harsh lighting can give off shadows, and you won't be able to read at times. I love admiring natural scenery and being alone while I read. I can get lost in my book for hours and not pay attention to what's going on around me.

Conclusion:

Reading can be and is a fun activity. I wish I had made more time to read. Reading can take you to exciting new places, without even leaving the comfort of your home. For new readers, I highly recommend reading. It's a great way to relax and unwind, especially after you've had a stressful day. Many people use reading to read books for self-betterment. These are only some of the ways to enjoy reading, there are many others.

Samantha Ferrer
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Samantha Ferrer is a 19 year sophomore in college in California. She enjoys reading, writing, spending time with close friends, and binge watching her favorite shows and movies. Samantha also enjoys watching Rom-Coms and John Hughes movies. On her free time, you can find Samantha thrift shopping, and enjoying/looking at nature.