How to Read When You Hate Reading

July 26, 2017

My little sister isn’t the biggest fan of reading. She groans when she has to get to her chosen reading book to get in her hours for school, and procrastinates for as long as she can. It’s not that she cant read. She just doesn’t want to. Reading can be a struggle for some people, whether it be for lack of want or lack of capability. If this applies to you, here are some tips to help you find your grove.


The most common of which would be audiobooks. Sometimes it can be helpful to listen to the words while reading them on the page – this can be especially useful if you’re someone who learns through listening as opposed to simply sitting still and reading. The person who is reading the book can also be a huge motivator. For example, I’m currently listening to High Rise by J.G. Ballard which is being read by Tom Hiddleston (aka Loki) who is definitely responsible for me picking the book up (or uh, downloading it).


This can be a little bit controversial in the world of book lovers, but having words visualised can make reading all the more enjoyable. Not only do you know a great deal of what is going to happen, but if you’re someone who has trouble picturing character’s faces – then you don’t need to do that anymore. This has recently happened to me in the case of Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy which is also a tv show (that was ruined by the third season). I believe that having the characters already in my head has caused a pre-formed relationship with them. I already love them, and therefore am going into the book with uh, joy. 


Things are always better when done with people that you like (except the hunger games, but we’ll leave Katniss & Peter out of this). Why not gather up a couple and read the same book together? Even if the book is complete and utter sh*t, you can still have a brilliant time trashing it. After all, what are friends for if not to silently judge terrible things together? Oh, and moral support I guess. This technique was definitely helpful to me in my English lit class when we were reading After the Quake by Murakami. It wasn’t terrible, just a little odd. My friend and I had found a scene in which: the main characters mopes about how his dick was too big for any girl to love him, quite amusing.



What are your tips on reading when you really can’t deal with it? Have you ever utilised any of my ideas?

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  • Reply Holly July 26, 2017 at 4:31 am

    OMG your point about the hunger games is hilarious 🙂 Doing things with friends is always motivating– either IRL or online. Great post!

    • Reply Fleur @ Fleur Henley July 26, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      HAHA I’m glad I managed to make the post somewhat enjoyable! I agree, friends always make things more fun or at least encourage you for the sake of collective action. Thanks for popping by ♡

  • Reply Annie Earnshaw July 26, 2017 at 5:46 am

    It’s so refreshing to read about you advocating movie-first when reading is difficult–I read Othello like this last year and it was so much easier! As I read, I matched the book up to the movie and it made reading simpler and more enjoyable for me.

    • Reply Fleur @ Fleur Henley July 26, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      I see so much hate when someone says that they’ve watched the movie first! I don’t think that it completely matters which type of media that you consume first, because even if you do watch the movie first, you’ll still be able to compare them. Enjoyment should always be a top priority and I’m glad that you liked Othello! ♡

      • Reply Annie Earnshaw July 26, 2017 at 7:44 pm

        Totally agree–I prefer to read first, but every reader is different and should cater to their enjoyment 🙂

  • Reply Dina July 26, 2017 at 9:54 am

    I laughed at the Katniss and Peeta reference in this blog post. Love it. I like reading, but I struggle to make time for it. Definitely trying to manage this better, because it’s not that I’m particularly busy. I procrastinate with a passion, though. -_- Lovely list of ideas. I’ll try to implement some of them into my reading habits.

    • Reply Fleur @ Fleur Henley July 26, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      Oh yay! I’m glad you liked it ♡ I can definitely understand not having time for reading. It’s incredibly hard trying to fit it in with the IB agenda, let alone real life. Procrastinating is definitely something that I do way too much. I hope that you found this post helpful!

  • Reply Molly's Book Nook July 29, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Love this! I’m definitely NOT in the mood to read right now so this was a good post to read. I actually agree with the movie first thing. Sometimes if I watch the movie (or show) first, I then listen to the audiobook. It’s a lot easier to visualize and get into it. I do this for Game of Thrones. It’s a life saver for those books hahah

    • Reply Fleur @ Fleur Henley August 2, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      I completely agree – I watched a few episodes of the first season before I attempted the books and boy am I glad that I did. I never would have been able to figure out who was who without seeing them for myself!

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  • Reply fairydancer221 August 3, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Watching the movie first got me into Harry Potter, and listening (while following along) to the audiobook of three books of The Chronicles of Narnia have helped me get through them. Cliff Notes can help as far as reading a summary of the chapter and then reading that chapter. I’m curious: has anyone tried reading the graphic novel adaptation of a book before reading the novel?

    • Reply Fleur @ Fleur Henley August 29, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      Oh yeah, cliff notes or book recaps can definitely be really helpful. I’ve never heard or seen of anyone who’s read the graphic novel first, but someone must have done it before! I might try it out one day actually haha 😀

  • Reply Drangonfly August 10, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Yes to audio books! I’m a professional DNFer because I get into reading slumps often and audiobooks often save me 🙂 great post!

    • Reply Fleur @ Fleur Henley August 11, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Audiobooks are brilliant for reading slumps! I’m definitely getting more into them nowadays.

  • Reply Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction August 29, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    These are all great tips! My husband hates to read, but he’ll listen to audiobooks. And reading with a friend is always better!!

    • Reply Fleur @ Fleur Henley August 29, 2017 at 9:34 pm

      I’m glad that you like them Nicole ♡ Sounds like my sister and your husband have the preference for audiobooks in common! I’m super happy that it’s now a more used option, I don’t think she would have read half as much if it wasn’t for them.

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