Book Riot’s 40 Tiny Tasks For A Richer Reading Life | Getting Back My Old Enthusiasm For Stories

Hey guys!

A few months back I was browsing Book Riot (one of my fav bookish websites ever!) and found this list about forty ways to enrich your reading life. And I thought, why not? To tell the truth, between depression making me feel down and college keeping me busy, I haven’t read with nearly the same passion that I used to. I’d like to get that feeling back, and this seems a good way to do it.

As the article itself says,

“There are little ways we can enrich our reading lives every day: Small changes we can make or ideas we can try to change up our reading patterns and find new books to love. Here are forty places to start…”

I’ll keep you updated on my progress! Probably gonna write little posts about each task as I cross it off my list. Super excited to see where this leads me! Enjoy!

  1. Wake up fifteen minutes earlier than usual and use that time to read a poem.
  2. Visit your library – especially if it’s been awhile – and ask a librarian for a recommendation.
  3. Let go of one reading prejudice and never think about it again.
  4. Read one book in a genre you think you despise.
  5. Ask someone you respect for a book suggestion, and read it right away.
  6. Give away the book that’s been on your TBR pile the longest.
  7. Volunteer for an organization that promotes literacy.
  8. Read a book that looks like it will make you feel uncomfortable.
  9. Commit to a reading challenge.
  10. Cull ten books from your collection and donate them without bringing any new books home.
  11. Read out loud to someone you love.
  12. Make a list of the ways reading intersects with love in your life.
  13. Listen to the audiobook of a book you DNFed years ago.
  14. Read your best friend’s favorite book, no matter what it is.
  15. Dog-ear a page.
  16. Write in the margins.
  17. Ask your oldest relative or friend their favorite book. Read it right away and tell them.
  18. Read outside.
  19. Listen to an audiobook while you run errands.
  20. Read a play. Let yourself take the time to imagine how it might be staged.
  21. Reread a book you hated in high school. Reread it twice.
  22. Apologize to someone you’ve been snobby or snarky to about books.
  23. Read a book by an author from a country you’ve never imagined visiting.
  24. Read a collection of poetry by a single poet, front-to-back, twice.
  25. Give your favorite book from childhood at the next baby shower you attend.
  26. Give your favorite book from your twenties to your favorite college student.
  27. Read a book by a person who doesn’t look like you.
  28. Read a book by a person who wouldn’t understand you in a million years.
  29. Read one page of a holy book from a faith you were not raised with.
  30. Listen to a podcast about books.
  31. Attend the next reading in your town, even (especially!) if you don’t know the author.
  32. Write a handwritten letter to a living author you adore.
  33. Visit the grave of a dead author you adore.
  34. Visit a place you’ve only ever read about in books.
  35. Crack a spine. Go on. Do it.
  36. Read a superhero comic, especially if you haven’t in years (or ever).
  37. Watch an adaptation of a book you like and try to like it for what it is.
  38. Memorize a poem.
  39. Reread the book you loved best when you were sixteen.
  40. Have a conversation about books with someone you’ve never talked books with before.


Care to join me?


About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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3 Responses to Book Riot’s 40 Tiny Tasks For A Richer Reading Life | Getting Back My Old Enthusiasm For Stories

  1. ellenmrozek says:

    I love this list! Definitely something I might work into my regular reading life, if only to spice things up a little.

  2. Hannah G says:

    Love this, I think I might have to do it too!

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