How to Get Back Into Reading: Best Books to (Re)Start With


Even the most devoted bookworms sometimes falter and let their reading life fall to the wayside. If it’s been a while since you’ve picked up a book, give these books a try to kickstart your reading life again.

How to Get Back Into Reading: Best Books to Start With 

Bossypants (or any other funny celebrity memoir) 

A few notable other celebrity memoirs that I can wholeheartedly recommend are Yes Please! by Amy Poehler, Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe, Open by Andre Agassi and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling.

The Uncommon Reader (or any other really short book that will make you feel accomplished)

It doesn’t matter how long a book takes you to read. What does matter is if you’re making such little progress that you get discouraged and quit reading all over again. Choosing a short book will keep you motivated as you establish reading habits again.

Wild (or anything else wildly inspirational) 

Sorry for the sappy pun, but reading a story like the one in Cheryl Strayed’s Wild will certainly help you get back into reading again.

The Harry Potter series (or anything else that makes you nostalgic)

You probably have a book that makes your heart swell just to think about. A great way to get back into reading again is to read something that you’ve loved before.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (or any book that will teach you something lasting) 

Okay, be honest. Why do you want to start reading again? You might want to become less dependent on technology or you might nostalgically yearn for days gone by. If you want to read more so that you learn more, reading a simple and easy non-fiction book that interests you is a great way to restart your reading life.

Gone Girl (or any book that your best friend/mom/coworker can’t shut up about)

If they can’t stop talking about it, chances are you might catch the bug too. Any viral book like Gone Girl is a surefire way to start reading again.

Any book 

Contrary to the rest of this article, sometimes the best book to choose is any book. Don’t over think reading or make it harder than it needs to be. Half of the battle is retraining your brain to focus on a book rather than a screen and developing a reading habit. Pick up literally any book that will get you there.

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