Bookish talks

The importance of savoring reading

Hi guys!

Long time, no see, but I’m not feeling too bloggy lately. Still, I’ve been reading, and thinking about bookish stuff. Today, I’d like to discuss the importance of savoring reading with you. If you ended up here, it’s most likely that you are a reader, whether you read a lot or not. So maybe you’ve faced a problem I’ve been struggling a lot with lately : reading too fast and not really remembering what happened in the book.

I’ve been encountering this issue more and more since I started studying book publishing. Since January, I have been interning in a French publishing house (and it’s amazing!). As it is not a small publishing house, books are being released every few days, which makes A LOT of books in the 6 months of my internship. As I expected, I need to read many books for the job. I currently am reading between 1 and 3 books a week for work. This is more than I used to read for myself before.

I had to start reading fast to keep up with the releases and the promotion of the books, but it created this memory problem. Since I read and read and read and read again, books fly by, and it slowly came to me that I don’t really remember half the books I read. I can usually remember the general plot, but I often find myself wondering : what was the main character’s name ? Where does the action take place ? How did it end ? Those are things I often can’t remember!

I feel this is also a problem for many readers, as we are constantly flooded with new books, that we try to keep up with, and in the end, you’re like “What did I just read?”. Sometimes, if the book is truly amazing, it’s easy to remember, but the less wow-ing books tend to stick less, even if they were good! I also noticed when I read too fast, I miss crucial elements, and this leads to me not even UNDERSTANDING the book… So that’s really 2 problems caused by fast reading!

Reading more and more for work also led to a third problem for me : I get disgusted by books more often. Since I can’t always choose what to read at work, if I don’t enjoy a particular book, I can let it drag for a long time, and feel unmotivated to read on my personnal time, or to read at all! This is super dangerous for me, as I chose to make my passion my job. I really don’t want to wake up one day realizing I just don’t love reading anymore. It feels like it’s a relatable problem among the bookish community as well, with reading slumps and lack of motivation to post on various social medias.

To summarize, we have 3 main problems caused by reading too much/too fast :

  • Lack of book comprehension
  • Not really remembering what you read
  • Losing motivation to read other books

It’s important to not let yourself be overwhelmed by those issues. For that, I have a few little tricks. Most of them are fairly obvious, but I wanted to put it out here anyway !

TAKE BREAKS

The first thing I do is take breaks. I do that with everything. Can’t focus anymore ? Take a break. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been doing a task. It’s hard to focus for more than 20-40mn, so if you do something longer, especially reading, which takes a lot of concentration, just stop for a bit. Do something else and go back to it later. Otherwise, concentration is lost entirely, and you lose the point of doing the first task alltogether! Bookwise, I also suggest reading a book you’re REALLY excited about in the meantime. Even though I enjoyed my current read enough, I still had to take a break to read Legendborn, which I absolutely loved! It remotivated me to keep going with the other book, as well as reading books for work.

READ SLOWLY

I don’t really know when reading started to feel like a race, but it did. I always try to beat my own reading record, which is totally useless! There’s no prize for it, and it makes me miss half the information in a book. I make exceptions for books for work, as I just need to know the general plot, but overall, when I read on my free time, I try to slow, read each and every word, think about them etc. When I feel myself picking up the pace, I try and force myself to slow down, go back to the sentences, the details, etc. This way, I avoid wondering what the hell happened, when I reach a key moment without really knowing how. Since I started doing this, I noticed I understand plots better, and remember books more! And guess what? It didn’t really make me read less. As I don’t have to go back a few pages every few minutes, I actually read a bit more efficiently. So taking your time to read is a win-win situation! To read faster, you need to read slower.

DON’T FEEL GUILTY

I saw some people felt bad because they had reading slumps. Why? As I said, it’s good to take breaks. Still, many feel guilty for not reading, and actually worsen their mood because of it. But there’s no shame in not reading for a while. Our worst enemy is often ourselves, so we just need to stop pressuring ourselves and remember to do various activities to keep our brain going, and renewing our motivation! Let’s be friends with ourselves!

ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITY

If you’re here, you might be doing that already. Still, I felt it was a good bonus point to adress. Building motivation on our own is tough. Doing nothing is always more tempting. That’s why spending a few minutes on bookish social medias, be it blogs, Twitter or IG, can be important and inspiring. I have had less time to blog hop etc. lately, but I truly love reading other people’s posts about their favorite books, their bookish opinions, etc. It’s always fun and makes me want to be more bookish! We inspire each other, so don’t hesitate to engage with people whose content you enjoy. It will make both of you happy 😀

Well, that was a fairly long post, but I kind of felt the need to do it, if only for myself. I hope you enjoyed it, and if it helped you, I’m really happy about it 😀

Thank you for reading me!
See you soon,
Love,
Jade ❤

2 thoughts on “The importance of savoring reading

  1. I’m not a fan of reading slowly, but I have to admit, I’ve definitely sped through a page and then realised I didn’t register any of it! This is a great post – always something to keep in mind!

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