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Getting Back into the Habit of Reading

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November 6, 2019

Have you found that you’ve fallen out of love with reading? Or that your busy life has kept you away from the stacks you once dearly loved? 

Leisure reading among adults has fallen dramatically in the last decade, according to a Washington Post survey conducted in 2017. This can be attributed to a variety of factors—the popularity of technology, television, and social media; the “busy-ness” epidemic; work; etc. That said, adults who do read, or perform other mentally engaging activities on a regular basis, are 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s later in life, according to a survey from 2001. With reading being such a beneficial activity, what are the best ways to schedule it back into your busy life?

  1. Pick a favorite.
    If you are intimidated by the bestselling author display at your local Library, you could start your reading regimen with a book you once loved instead. Start with a book you know was a page-turner for you.
  1. Read what you like.
    Pick a book that adheres to your interests—whether it’s a romance, mystery, nonfiction, short story, graphic novel, or anything else! This is the best way to find books you know you are going to enjoy. If a title does not appeal to you, do not feel pressured to read it! Stick with what you like for now and branch out when you have regained your reading habit again.

    If you are having trouble finding books about things you find interesting, MCPL can help! Check out our Reading Suggestions page to find online services for recommendations, or pop into your local branch and talk to a staff member for help.
  1. Start small.
    This can be in terms of the size of the book or the amount of time you read a day. Try to schedule 20 minutes a day to pick up a book or eBook and read. You can read for longer than that (and you probably will if you have found the right book), but I recommend that you read for at least 20 minutes. It is even better if those 20 minutes are consecutive.
  1. Be tech-friendly.
    If you have a smart device that can support eBooks (e.g. a smartphone, tablet, eReader, etc.), talk to your MCPL staff members about OverDrive, one of the Library’s eBook servicing apps! OverDrive offers thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks for your enjoyment, all at your fingertips with your Library card number.
  1. Join a book group.
    MCPL has dozens of book groups operating at its branches. These are a great way to meet new people and new books! Browse the online list of MCPL branch book groups, or talk to a staff member at your local branch about this month’s book group.

Practicing these tips and tricks will surely redevelop your love for books and reading. MCPL is always here to help you along your reading journey—no matter where you are on it!

Jordan N.
Blue Springs North Branch

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