As I mentioned in my September Releases post, there are a lot of new books coming out and I am sure quite a few of us bookworms are already trying to figure out how we’re going to read all those books while trying to survive – well, I have some tips for you guys!
I have tested most of these at various points through out my life as a reader and I can somewhat guarantee that they will work out just fine for everyone! But if they don’t, please don’t blame me? I’m no expert – yet! I do plan on mastering my skills to survive the bookworm life!
Say Goodbye To Your Well Maintained Sleeping Schedule
For me, whenever I get into a real reading mood, sleeping suddenly becomes secondary. Because honestly, what’s more important? Getting those 8 hours of sleep (that’s the recommended number, right? I mean, I wouldn’t know. I rarely get that much sleep) or reading just one more chapter of your current book? And before you know it, you look up and oh what’s that? Sunlight? Wasn’t it just midnight a second ago? Yeah. Just accept the fact that you won’t be sleeping much and embrace that night owl life! It’s fun over here on the dark side!
Inform Loved Ones That You Are Busy
Make sure you let the people in your life know that you’ll be trying to read all the books and might not have time to talk to them for the next few months. The last thing you want is to have people worried sick about you not having shown yourself in days/weeks! I will definitely have to try really hard on this because I tend to live a bit of a hermit life and my mom will usually call me after a few days to make sure I am okay.
If you have ridiculously cute nephews/nieces that you would like to see every now and then while you’re trying to read all the books, make time for that! Don’t neglect the people you love too much. It’ll also give you some much-needed energy to continue reading!
Coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
I might have to actually stock up on coffee again with my next grocery shop because I am currently out of it (I went on a bit of a cleanse after my coffee consumption went a bit through the roof. I was drinking multiple cups a day when I didn’t need to) and if I want to read all the books in the next few months, I’ll need all the coffee too.
But if coffee isn’t your thing (you might want to make it your thing), you can always reach for other drinks that will keep you up all night like energy drinks? Though I probably wouldn’t suggest that, actually. After a night of partying and drinking vodka energy mixes, I basically stayed up all day and then fell asleep on the floor while watching (or trying to watch) a movie. Don’t recommend. Floors aren’t comfortable.
Stock Up On Snack Foods
This is really important you guys! Eating is important. And so is drinking water. But we’re talking about food right now. Make sure you have a good variety of snacks on hand – I’ll usually try and eat mainly fruits and fewer sweets/chips because coffee is already bad enough. I don’t need to add bad snack foods on top of it.
Also, I highly recommend fruits that you can easily snack on like grapes, bananas, plums, peaches, etc! If you do wanna go the extra mile you could get melons and cut them up before hand and snack on those too. Food will also help keep you awake!
Fresh Air. It’s Important.
I know you might be wondering what the hell I am talking about because how are you supposed to read all the books when you need to go outside too? Well, you don’t have to. You can just open all the windows and let in some fresh air that way too! I basically live with my windows open 24/7 most of the year! But also, please do go outside from time to time! And bring an audiobook because you can continue reading that way! It’s so much more fun being outside when you can also read a book!
Set Alarms For Dinner
If you live at home and have parents or siblings who will remind you that dinner is ready, consider yourself lucky! If you live on your own and have to prepare dinner so you have something to eat – set yourself an alarm to actually prepare and cook said dinner!
I can’t even count the amounts of times that I have been so into a book that I completely forgot to make myself dinner and all of a sudden it was 8 PM or later and I hadn’t eaten yet. That’s not good. You gotta eat! So, set that alarm! Or meal prep in advance? That would probably be a fantastic solution. YouTube is full of great videos – I know, I’ve found myself down that rabbit hole many, many nights in the past.
Easy Access To The Books You Want To Read
You can do this a number of ways: buy the new releases, get the audiobooks or borrow the books from the library or from friends! Just make sure you can grab them quickly whenever the mood strikes you! The last thing you would want is having to go out and get the book because you don’t have it on hand and you’re suddenly in the mood for it. Grab all the books. All of them.
Phew, okay I think I’ve got all the important aspects covered above. I feel like if you were to follow my tips, you would 100% be able to survive the upcoming months of releases with ease – if not with enough sleep. But we have to make some sacrifices, right?
Did I forget any tips? What are some of your must-haves to get yourself through long reading periods? Let’s chat in the comments below!