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How to Start Reading (and Enjoying) Books Again

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Bucknell chapter.

Did you used to love reading as a child? You would hide under your bed sheet late at night with a flashlight shining on a new book, listening for any footsteps as a cue to shut the light off and lay down. Did you fall out of passion with reading? I used to read almost a book a day as a child but I grew out of the love as I grew older and especially since I started interacting more with technology. I was convinced that there were no books out there that I would actually find interesting enough anymore to commit freetime towards. During the Covid quarantine, I learned that was far from the truth. I fell back in love with reading and I am happy to now help others do the same. It takes time to really find authors, genres, or tropes that are your favorites and it may take some really bad books to help you find what you really want- just like dating lol. 

A good place to start when trying to get back into reading is to use areas of interest you already have! A lot of shows are based on even better books. Think of your favorite show and if it’s not already based on a book, there is definitely a book out there just like it. Some popular shows with books to match are Bridgerton (The Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn or King of the South by Calia Read… he speaks french…), Gilmore Girls (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han), New Girl (The American Roommate Experiment by Elena Armas or The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary), or Vampire Diaries (Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith or Crave series by Tracy Wolff). These are just some examples of popular shows but you can find a book to match almost any show out there that you enjoy, no matter the genre. Some honorary mention books that are popularly enjoyed or favorites of close friends are A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR), any Colleen Hoover book but mostly It Ends With Us and Verity, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Truants by Kate Weinberg, and The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab. 

If you have certain genres that you find interesting or tropes that you want to explore, don’t be afraid to go googling, ask any worker at a bookstore, or even search up booktok on TikTok. Many people do not read in their spare time because they do enough reading for their education as it is. However, as someone who avoids reading as much as possible for her education, finding and reading books that I enjoy in my spare time doesn’t feel educational or like a task. It feels just like scrolling on my phone or watching a movie. It is something I genuinely enjoy doing and look forward to finding time to dedicate towards it. As I am typing this, my current read, The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary as mentioned before, rests next to my computer. I hope you now have a place to begin in what will hopefully be the start of your journey in falling back in love with reading. If you want any more recommendations in general or on a more specific genre or trope, or you just want to gush over a book together, please please please feel free to reach out to me.

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Kaitlyn Light

Bucknell '25

Hi guys! My name's Kaitlyn and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am a sophomore at Bucknell University studying Animal Behavior and Creative Writing. I am so excited to be part of this community :)