I TRIED READING EVERY MORNING.

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Hello bookworms 🌻

Earlier in the month, I got into a really bad reading slump. I couldn’t get past page 100 in anything I read!
It was just dragging on and on and I felt like I couldn’t do anything about it.
Then I came across EMMABOOKS latest video at the time, reading every morning for a week!
After watching that, I felt inspired to give it a go for myself, the whole vibe of the video made me inspired to read again, and I thought, if it’s a challenge, and if I make it a blog post, I’ll have to do it, right?
Yeah well, we’ll see how well that went 😅

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THE RULES

READ BEFORE CHECKING MY PHONE
READ BEFORE DOING ANY JOBS/TASKS
READ FOR 30 MINUTES 
READ WITHIN AN HOUR OF WAKING

THINGS I WAS TRACKING 

These were things Emmabooks wanted to think about each morning after she did this challenge to see if it was worthwhile doing and I really liked that idea so I thought I would do it too

TIME STARTED 
TIREDNESS BEFORE 
TIREDNESS AFTER 
PAGES READ
CONSEQUENCES 
NOTES

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DAY 1
SUNDAY.

TIME STARTED 7:40 / 8:13
TIREDNESS BEFORE 5
TIREDNESS AFTER 3
PAGES READ 30
CONSEQUENCES none
NOTES:
So I’m actually doing this for eight days because I couldn’t wait till Monday to get started.
I knew if I really wanted to get this done, I would need to wake up half n hour earlier every morning to compensate for the time I’d spend reading. So I got up at 7:30 and not long after started reading.
The day before I had some amazing bookmail, THE STARLESS SEA, and in my reading slump, it was the only thing I felt like reading at all! So I picked that back up! I had already read the first 10 pages and loved it, so I settled in to read as much as I could in bed.
I will admit, 30 minutes in one go is a long time when you haven’t been reading for a while so I did think about how much longer I had to go a few times, but besides that it was really easy to power through!
When the 30 minutes were up, I kept reading till the end of the chapter.
I had thought I’d read like 50 pages because I wasn’t having to re read alot and I hadn’t taken any breaks, but instead, I had read exactly 30 pages.
For such a dense novel and coming from not reading much, I wasn’t too upset by this.
I will also say, I read again that night!

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DAY 2
MONDAY

TIME STARTED 7:10 / 7:42
TIREDNESS BEFORE 7
TIREDNESS AFTER 4
PAGES READ 37
CONSEQUENCES Ended up being rushed once I had done my makeup, forgot to take water to work.
NOTES:
This is where the real challenge came in. I had work today, and I had to leave for work at 8.30. combine that with the fact that I’m NOT a morning person and j thought it would go horribly.
I woke myself up at 7, and started reading at 7.10.
This time, I didn’t even check how much time I had left at all! I was engrossed in the story and happy to start of a work morning in such a relaxed way! It really set the tone for a nice, calm day.
The highlight of this reading session was when I whispered aloud “he’s gay” 😅 listen I love good LGBTQIA+ rep
I will admit I was slightly rushed after this, but that was also in part of spending like 15 minutes on my phone once I put the book down. Smart move Sarah 😅

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DAY 3
TUESDAY

TIME STARTED  yeah,
TIREDNESS BEFORE  you
TIREDNESS AFTER fucked 
PAGES READ up
CONSEQUENCES So many. 
NOTES
Y’know how things eventually crash and burn? Crumble beneath your feet? Yeah.
I took the starless sea to bed so I could pick it up when I woke up. But I woke up at 7 instead of 8 so I was cranky, and then on pure autopilot, I broke one of my rules. I checked Instagram 😪 I didn’t even realise I had broken it that’s how half asleep I was! I went to do it again before cursing colourfully and throwing my phone on the bed. With such a messy start to the morning, I gave up and just lay in bed half asleep for literally two hours (I am a sloth incarnate okay) so, this morning was a big old FAIL.
I do feel a little better that I picked the starless sea back up after I went out to dinner so I atleast read something which I haven’t had the motivation to do in quite a while!

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DAY 4
WEDNESDAY

TIME STARTED 8:45 / 9:18
TIREDNESS BEFORE 8
TIREDNESS AFTER 4
PAGES READ 34
CONSEQUENCES none
NOTES

Nothing really to note on this day, other than I’m really happy that I read and such

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DAY 5
THURSDAY

TIME STARTED 9:50 / 10:15
TIREDNESS BEFORE 4
TIREDNESS AFTER 3
PAGES READ 54
CONSEQUENCES none
NOTES

So, you know, I thought Tuesday was a one off. But I was wrong, it was the start of a trend. Today, I checked my phone before I read, I didn’t even read in bed like I planned. It took me a while to get up and finally sit down to read, so I broke two rules, I checked my phone first, and it had been over an hour since I woke up. Today though, I picked up DEATHNOTE as I needed to finish that, and I’m glad I did because it made it easier to push through and finish this book later that day. I also ended up reading like 75 pages of the starless sea throughout the day so I feel really happy with how this day went.

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DAY 6
FRIDAY

TIME STARTED I
TIREDNESS BEFORE hate
TIREDNESS AFTER myself
PAGES READ a
CONSEQUENCES little
NOTES

So….. It’s 2.42pm on Friday, and I have not read today. I will admit, it’s partially my own fault, I slept right through all my alarms and then had a job that needed doing so, I didn’t really have time to read this morning. But hopefully, I will come back with an update that I read later today.

SO, update, I DID read later, I got 100 pages done today so I’m not toooooo mad.

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DAY 7
SATURDAY

TIME STARTED 9ish
TIREDNESS BEFORE 6
TIREDNESS AFTER 4
PAGES READ 50 
CONSEQUENCES absolutely none!
NOTES

This was the first day when I realised this was slowly becoming a habit. I forgot to note down the time I started and finished, but that’s because I was more invested in making sure I started reading before it got too late. Honestly, I’m really happy with the fact that I did that.

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DAY 8
SUNDAY

TIME STARTED 9:05 / 10:05
TIREDNESS BEFORE 4
TIREDNESS AFTER 2
PAGES READ 60
CONSEQUENCES
NOTES

This was the last day and it couldn’t have gone better. I managed to wake up decently early for a Sunday and once I had posted to instagram and done a small scroll, I picked up THE STARLESS SEA for the last time this week. It did take me an hour to read 60 pages but there was alot of me stopping to reply to others and to squeal internally, and also, maybe shed a few tears. It was a good ending.

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

So, overall the only thing I can call this is a success. I ended up reading a total of  315 PAGES. That’s a whole novel and it doesn’t even count the reading I did in the evening!!!

I wasn’t even able to hit these numbers earlier this month because of my reading slump and I’ll admit that this has been the biggest factor in getting out of my reading slump. Forcing myself to read every day was hard at first, but after three or so days, it actually became a habit and one I looked forward to each morning. I think I want to keep this habit up going forth, even if it means waking up extra early before work.  I wont be continuing with the rules of not checking my phone and such because I’m far too addicted to my phone for that, but the reading every morning? Yeah, I love that.

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8 thoughts on “I TRIED READING EVERY MORNING.

  1. That’s such a great way to start a day! I think I’ll try a similar thing soon! I don’t think I’ll be able to read exactly after waking up as I need to get out of bed and start moving right away or I’ll just stay in bed doing nothing for far too long but I eat breakfast after doing morning chores so maybe this will be a good time? 😊😊😊 Thank you!

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