Long books can be extremely hard to tackle, so here are five tips to help you get through that 500 pager.
Don’t try to read it all at once
While we all love those moments when we can read for hours on end, trying that with a large book can get boring and mind-numbing. Large books, like large meals, are better in portions. That brings us to step two.
Set up a schedule
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It may sound tedious but setting a reading schedule can give you a structure for finishing your big book. Your schedule should include specific times set aside for reading as well as a page goal for the day. Stay on schedule and you’ll finish in no time!
Don’t read alone
What makes big books so daunting is knowing that you’re on your own. If you read with a buddy or a group, you have someone to talk to about the book’s events and you’ll have more incentive to keep reading. If you’re actually doing the reading.
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We’re talking it back to class with annotations and notes! Because some books are so long, it’s hard to remember everything that’s happened along the way. Taking notes on big plot points or stuff you like can help you remember what’s going on in the story. This can also be helpful if you’re reading a series, so you don’t have to read everything all over again.
Talk about the book
While it is suggested to read with another person, talking to someone else (someone who isn’t reading the book) can also help you get through a big book. Retelling the story to a friend will help you remember what’s going on and what takes place. And if the story is good, this can also get you a new reading buddy.
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