Camille Styles

How to Make Reading Books a Priority—and Why You Should

October 1st, 2018

In college my major was very reading intensive. As a Literary Journalism student, I didn’t study traditional textbooks. Instead we focused on long-form articles and non-fiction books. At a minimum, I read at least one book a week. Not to mention countless articles, journals, and critiques. I did this all while reporting and writing stories, completing coursework, interning, working a part-time job, and commuting. My point being, when it was required, I made time to read. I was lucky to love what I was reading too. College was such a positive experience for me, that I never wanted to skip my reading assignments like other students. That period in my life was one where I felt fulfilled, less anxious, creatively inspired, and was more active. A few months ago I realized I was seriously hurting myself by not making more time to read. I was surprised how much of a difference a few small changes to my routine made. Before I knew it, I went from reading a couple books a year to a couple a month. This is how I made reading a priority in my life.


Jacqueline DeMarco is a freelance writer and marketing consultant based in Orange County, CA. She loves working with lifestyle publications and brands to create content that is engaging, educational, and entertaining. Outside of her work, Jacqueline is passionate about animal rights, traveling, and reading women-penned memoirs. 

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  1. Dina says:

    Great advice..I miss reading, the only consolation I have is that I listen to a lot of audiobooks, still I miss the sit-down experience and the slowness of reading,the getting-lost feeling that you have when you read a book. Like a perfect getaway.

  2. Whitney Olson says:

    Putting the phone down was a big one for me. Also, the library. I stopped buying books (to have less things holding me down) and have 3-4 checked out at a time. Lastly, my time is important. If a book can’t keep my interest after a few chapters, I stop right there and move on to the next. I use to feel the need to finish a book, but after adding jobs, a husband, and children to my life, I know what is worth my time.

  3. Andrea says:

    I was an English major in college so I can totally relate to the heavy reading in classes, but now I find it hard to find time to read which is ridiculous! Reading is fun and a perfect way to pass the time.

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