Tackling a Big Book

I have always looked at a large book like a challenge. I was that kid that wanted to be reading the largest book. I wanted to be able to say, “Look at all of these huge books I got through!” Here are some tricks I picked up to help you get through a large book.

Currently I am at college, where I have about 40 books with me,IMG_20160708_170203731 the shortest being around 200 pages. Right now I am reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (an amazing book). It has exactly 550 pages, which works out perfectly because,

1. Break the book up into chunks

I can read around 50 pages a day when I’m at school and trying to do other things along with get through a book. So, every day I try to add another 50 pages. This also helps me feel accomplished. Instead of thinking, “Oh gosh, I have 325 pages to go!” I can think, “Just 25 more pages for today!” Pick a number that works for you. It could be as little as 5 pages a day! This brings us to my second tip,

2. Read every day

When faced with a large book the best thing you can do is try to tackle it every day. Some people find it helpful to set aside a time to read every day. Some days I don’t feel like reading, but I force myself to read at least one page.IMG_20160708_165342 That was I know that I am one page farther than I was the previous day. This helps to keep that feeling of hopelessness at bay. If you do feel like you are drowning in the number of pages you could always,

3. Try reading the book electronically

I have a nook, and I find it helpful to read some larger books on there, rather than deal with a physical copy. That way I don’t see the huge block of pages that I have to go through. I also find that I read faster when I am reading on the nook, so I read on there when I am under a time crunch to finish a book. Reading on the nook also makes it easier to read in bed or while traveling. You don’t have to worry about the book getting bent or taking up a lot of space. However, I do prefer to hold the physical copy of the book. This may be why I have 40 books with me at college…

What if I get bored of a book? 

This happens to me quite often. What I do now is simple, I just

4. Take a break

Reading the same story for a while can get boring. If I find myself not wanting to pick up the bookIMG_20160708_165905214 I take a quick break from it. I read a part of a book I know I will love. Just a chapter or two, and then go back to the longer book. Currently I am reading a couple chapters in the fourth Harry Potter book (my favorite)
every time I get bored of my main book. I suggest picking a book that you have already read, and enjoyed. If you don’t want to go back to the book,

5. Don’t force yourself to finish

If you are reading a large book for enjoyment, there is no shame in not finishing the book. I have started several large books that bored me for one reason or another, and I just stopped reading them. Don’t drag yourself through a book you aren’t enjoying. Simply close the book knowing there is always another one to be opened.

I hope these tips were helpful! If you have any others please leave them in the comments!

 

~Maddie

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