With 2019 drawing to a close we can’t help but feel relieved that walling ourselves indoors with a cozy cup of cocoa is now considered to be a chief aesthetic. As self-prescribed bookworms we don’t need any justification to hide beneath our blankets in favor of a few more minutes with a great book. That’s why we’ve put together the Perfect Fall Reading List to get you out of that reading rut.
Buh-Bye Reading Rut
We understand what it’s like to have demanding schedules and never-ending to-do lists. At the close of a long day sometimes there is simply no brain space left for a literary page turner.
Let’s face it, when there are so many shows to stream and “binge watch” these days books are often left to play second fiddle. To rectify this reader’s dilemma, we’ve decided to do the heavy lifting and craft the Perfect Fall Reading List for any book worm who’s been in a rut. To go along with our Perfect Fall Reading List, we thought it would be helpful to share some useful tips on how to find more time to read.
Here are Four Books To Help Reboot Your Reading Fervor
Know My Name, by Chanel Miller
The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Voung
There, There, by Tommy Orange
A Change Of Perspective
The voices that have long since made up the canon of literature have largely featured the same ethnicities, backgrounds, and privileges. We recognize that when speaking about this kind of privilege and accessibility it can be a sticky conversation. We chose these four titles for our Perfect Fall Reading List to share that profound literature is meant to come from all kinds of voices and perspectives.
Perhaps, after you’ve worked your way through the Perfect Fall Reading List, take an audit of the books on your shelves. Ask yourself these questions;
- Do you see diversity?
- Do you see varying backgrounds and perspectives?
- Do you see authors of different ethnicities, time periods, and contexts?
Don’t worry, we’re right there with you. We’re not a perfect publishing house and we recognize our responsibility in the industry. At West Margin Press we are committed to publishing stories that embody the character of our communities. We want to tell stories that look and feel like the individuals we communicate with on a daily basis. We value what it means to work with local authors and designers and feel it’s important to share that ethos among other industry professionals.
If you’re interested in taking part in our Perfect Fall Reading List challenge, make sure to tag us on Instagram or Twitter @WestMarginPress using the hashtag, #WestMarginPress or #WMPFallReadingList and share with us what your favorite title is!
How Do I Actually Read More?
- Allot 15 minutes in the morning to phone free reading time. Set your alarm clock for fifteen minutes earlier. Shuffle out of bed, brew yourself a cuppa and settle in for a few extra minutes of delicious reading before the world wakes up.
- Bring your book everywhere. Waiting for the doctor? Read a few pages. Long lines at the grocery store? Read a few pages. Waiting for a reply from a client? Read a few pages. Find yourself scrolling mindlessly on Twitter? Read a few pages instead.
- Have a back-up book on your phone. While we much prefer the physical pages to a digitized version, having a few “emergency” reads on your phone can be life saving.
- Set a goal for yourself. Sometimes parsing a book into tangible segments helps promote increased reading participation. If you set a goal to have a 400-page book read by the end of the month, think of it in segments. 400 total pages means you can look at it as 100 pages a week or 14 pages a day. Totally doable!
- Take yourself on a book date. Sometimes you’ve got to make time to take time. If you really want to read more books, say no to other distractions. Technology free evenings will do loads for your mental state – recharge, reboot and refresh, all while doing it lost in a good book.
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