How To: A (Mostly Serious) Survival Guide For The Bookworm

survival guide for the bookwormAs 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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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19 thoughts on “How To: A (Mostly Serious) Survival Guide For The Bookworm

  1. Oh, I love this post!! Ahahah YES sleep will forever disappear when we’ve got reading priorities. I actually need like 9 hrs of sleep to fully function??? But guess who’s NOT getting that amount. 😂 AAGH I CAN’T DO COFFEE. I’m that rare human being who HATES the smell of coffee, and I can’t deal with drinking it either. 😂 FOOD IS SO IMPORTANT I AGREE!!


    1. I rarely get a proper amount of sleep either. Even right now, where I’ve set an alarm for myself I will just hit snooze over and over and before I know it an hour has gone by and I’m still sleeping… oops.

      I used to be that person too! For the longest time. And then my sleeping got quite messed up and I decided to make myself a cup of coffee. I have been ruined ever since. It did take weeks though and a bit of trial and error to find out what I liked and what I didn’t. But you’re also still rather young so I wouldn’t recommend coffee to you! Give it at least another couple of years!

      BTW, CONGRATS on your huge win, May! I saw it earlier on Goodreads! So proud of you! And oh my god, which books are you going to get?

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        1. Hahaha, that’s just dangerous! If I turn my alarm off it’s going to be hourS before I wake up. xD

          You’re welcome! You said you were going to buy all the books with the prize money, I was wondering if you knew which ones you were going to go with. 🙂

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          1. I have too many of them to be honest. Im currently waiting on my preorders of Wonder Woman and Daughter Of The Burning City to arrive! Then I’ll probably slowly make my way through the September and October releases!

            Warcross is definitely a great book to get!

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          2. Wonder Woman, yes! I actually have an eBook of it but I’m really not that motivated to read eBooks… (Physical all the way!) And oh, you’ll have to let me know how you like Daughter of the Burning City!

            HAVE YOU READ WARCROSS????? :O


          3. How have you not read the eBook yet??? I am over here impatiently waiting for my copy to arrive so I can finally jump on the book already and Amazon is taking forever once again… I definitely will! I really hope I’ll end up enjoying it because Amanda talks so highly of it and others seem to have really liked it so far too!

            No! I WISH. I applied for eARC but got declined so I will have to wait until it’s released!

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          4. I HAVE NO IDEA! I’m never really motivated to read eBooks, even if it’s Bardugo. And uggggh AMAZON. And you can’t go to a store and buy it because you’re international, right? That sucks. 😦

            Agh, same! I am SO getting it when it’s released — I’ve heard a lot of amazing reviews, and Marie is a favorite author of mine!

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          5. Yeah! Which is mainly the reason why I read books in English right away because it’s just easier. But then again, we got The Library Of Fates shortly after it’s English release so it might just depend on when rights are sold and how quickly books get translated after.

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  2. I COMPLETELY AGREE. snack foods are so important… like, they just are. I have a tendency to get the munchies whenever an especially tense scene comes up. so the characters are fighting or killing each other and I’m just there, chewing my banana and silently dying inside

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    1. Hahahaha! I will often forget my surroundings once I really get into a story which is why I usually snack before or after reading. I once made myself a nice cup of tea to have while reading and just completely forgot about it. Such a waste of a good cup of tea!

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      1. OH that has happened to me sooo many times. And not just with tea, with coffee, with boba, with milk, with EVERYTHING. sometimes I forget about my iced drink and then it just sweats condensation all over the table. xD

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