I originally wrote this for my book review blog, Triskele Reviews, and I thought I would share it with all of you. I updated it a bit, and amended some little parts. Do YOU have any reading hacks to share? Read through the list, and let me know if you have anything to add. It’s always great to know what my fellow bookworms are doing to simplify things!
Neck cramps, back stiffness, sore shoulders, tired eyes, insomnia, and lost bookmarks. These are just a few of the problems us book addicts face on a regular basis. Unfortunately, there aren’t any cheat codes when it comes to life (IDDQD, anyone?), but there are ways to hack your reading experience. Let’s get started!
1. If you are going to read in bed before checking your eyelids for light leaks (i.e., sleeping), make sure to use a yellow light bulb. White lights interfere with your body’s melatonin production, preventing you from being able to sleep.
2. If you choose to read in bed (It’s the best place, really), you have a few options that will help avoid that Reader’s Stiffness. If you would prefer to sit up, make sure to pad your back with pillows against your lower back, middle, and upper. I usually use three pillows, stacked solidly against my headboard. This provides excellent lumbar support, and makes my Scoliosis less painful. Even if your spine is functioning perfectly, this will help. It’ll also keep it that way! Another option is to read on your side, with a solid pillow underneath your elbow. This will even out the height and the pressure on your joint, and ease the tension in your shoulder.
3. Deciding what to read next can be a problem, so let this interactive guide do it for you! If you’re still unsure, put all of the titles on your TBR list on little sticky notes. Put them all in a jar, bag, or some other thing that can hold other things. Shake it like a martini, and pull one out. Don’t cheat: Stick to that choice!
4. This is for the non-fiction readers out there. Are you short on time, but still need to have something read by, well, yesterday? Not a problem. Follow this reading format, and you’ll retain a good chunk of what you need to know. For further success, don’t wait until the last minute.
- Read the title.
- Read the introduction.
- Read the Table of Contents.
- Read the first paragraph, last paragraph, and all the subheadings for each chapter.
- Look at illustrations and diagrams. Read the captions. Professors love making questions from them.
5. Book hangovers are real, and are sometimes just as bad as real hangovers. Well, without the pounding headache and painful vomiting. But, that’s for another post. Not really. That would be gross. Anyway, these are some ways to get through that book hangover of yours, and return to the literary world feeling refreshed.
- Reread the book. Sounds silly, but it totally helps.
- Read another book by that same author. The similar tone and voice will help you with that transition.
- Write about it. Get it all out of your system – even your crush for the hero. It’s okay. We don’t judge. Well, unless it’s one of those Dinosaur Eroticas. I’m judging a bit.
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