Overcome Huge Reading List Blues

5 Tips to Overcome the HUGE-Reading-List Blues


Do you remember a time when you could just curl up with a book and read a book–without worrying about getting through those next 300 pages, or what the theoretical implications were, or remembering which character was responsible for what actions…

When you’re in class, the prospect of making it through the book may become more daunting. It’s not like you haven’t done it before… It’s just that it may not be a topic, theme, author, and/or title that you would have chosen.

Here are a few tips to overcome the Huge Reading List Blues…

  1. Start. The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll get the reading assignment done. Then, don’t lag too long before moving on to the next book.
  2. Note. If you’re reading for class, you’ll need to know quotes, characters, and other bookish essentials. Track those details.
  3. Requirements. Your teacher will usually let you know what you’ll need to do, see,  and remember for the books.
  4. Don’t Forget. You’re not done with the book after you’ve checked it off on your reading list. You’ll need to remember the details for essays, tests, and other homework.
  5. Enjoy. If you go into your reading assignment with the attitude that you will find something to enjoy in your reading selection, you’ll find the process easier, faster, and much more pleasant.

We can’t always chose which books we’ll read for school, but we can make the most of it, and learn to appreciate new realms of literature.



Esther is a full-time freelancer, who draws upon her background to deliver fun and compelling stories. To her, the story and the vehicle(s) of expression are important, but sometimes it's just as essential to explore those areas just outside one's comfort zone. She loves to jump head-first into that deep ravine, and discover where her parachute will take her.

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