This post goes out to all the burnt-out university students who still want to read for fun but are scared they’ll either: a) fall into/are in a reading slump or b) the book will take up all of their study time because it’s too long to read. I’ve been there, and both a) and b) have happened to me, so I’m here to recommend a few books that will help you with the awful curse that are reading slumps but that won’t take away from your study time.I’m sure you’ve all been told before to “take breaks” when you’re studying, and while I’ll admit that I’m the kind of person who typically ignores this advice (I know, it’s terrible), reading is actually what helped me heed this advice and take those breaks. Especially with having Fable on my phone, which I carry everywhere I go, I no longer have an excuse for not taking breaks. After studying for a set amount of time, I’ll usually take out my book (if I remember to bring it) or open Fable and start reading a few pages before returning to work. Now, I know many of us will have the urge to open social media instead of reading a few pages, but trust me when I say that reading will be more beneficial to you and your studies than scrolling.
Some Benefits of Reading Instead of Scrolling
You know when you’ve been studying for hours and suddenly get so overwhelmed with everything that your brain just kind of feels… clogged? And it feels like nothing productive can be done when you’re in that state? Trust me, I relate. This is where reading a few pages of a good, non-school-related book comes into play. Yes, scrolling on social media can be decompressing… but odds are you’ll end up scrolling for much longer, right? So instead of opening a social media app, try opening Fable - or opening up a book - and read a few pages instead. Reading in between tasks can help you wind down and enjoy some time for yourself away from the stress of your studies and also help clear your mind. And, of course, a clear mind will help do quality work. So, reading a book for fun, even though you’re in an exam week crunch, can be beneficial in the long run. With all that being said, here are a few book recommendations that had helped me, as well as other college graduates here at Fable, when we needed to get out of a reading slump or just really wanted to read something other than Shakespeare and textbooks.
Some general advice from one bookworm student to another
If you’re stuck in a reading slump because of school, don’t feel too discouraged - it happens to the best of us. Try different things: re-read an old favorite, try audiobooks, try reading on your phone on Fable instead of scrolling on social media, and maybe even try reading manga/graphic novels instead of novels! Manga has been such a lifesaver for me. Whenever I felt a bad reading slump coming on, I would read a few volumes of my favorite manga series. While I know these are not for everyone, if you haven’t given them a shot yet, I strongly recommend you do.I wish you all the best with your studies, wherever you are. Make sure to drink lots of water, eat good food, take walks outside to move your body, and please remember to take breaks! Fable will be there for you whenever you need a few minutes away from reality.
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Desiree Worrall-Belanger is a Canadian bookish influencer known under the username @rainydayslibrary. Having been annotating for multiple years, Desiree shares her tips and tricks on her platforms - one of the primary focuses on her social media accounts as of late 2021. Pursuing an honors in English and a minor in Visual and Material Culture studies at Mount Allison University, Desiree is devoted to the world of words. If you’re trying to reach her and she doesn’t answer, odds are she’s at the bookstore, or perhaps she’s practicing some of her favorite hobbies such as reading, listening to music, and crocheting.