I used to read a lot when I was a child, but now it seems like I've lost interest. I really want to start reading again but I get easily bored, what could I do?

I perfectly understand and have experienced what you are going through right now. I went through a similar phase, devouring books in a single sitting and suddenly there was a period when I had to halt my reading.

After this gap period, I faced a lack of interest.

The best solution and the one which worked in my case was….

  1. Start afresh.
  2. Begin by reading INTERESTING short stories, maybe Philip K. Dick, P.G. Wodehouse etc.
  3. Then go for the kids fantasy, which have a sense of humour, imagination, mythology, basically a Mish mash so that your mind gets in the game. Here I'll recommend you, Rick Riordan.
  4. Then move to the abridged versions of the classics.
  5. Finally, for raising the bar higher, go for the original works, maybe Agatha Christie, Tolkien etc. Or whatever suits your interests.
  6. Now my friend, it comes to your interest to stay in the process of erudition and not lose the focus.

18 Replies to “I used to read a lot when I was a child, but now it seems like I've lost interest. I really want to start reading again but I get easily bored, what could I do?”

  1. Find a really, really good book, and find the right time to read it.

    The same happened to me: I hadn't read a book properly in a year or so, and, having been an avid bookworm when I was younger, I really wanted to get back into reading. It wasn't until I found a book that I was really into, and read it when I had nothing else to do (I was on holidays in a remote part of Uganda and spent much of my time there sitting in the guesthouse and reading) that I remembered the beauty of literature. After that, it was far easier to sit down and get into a book.

    If you’d like some recommendations for a good novel, here are some of my favourites:

    • His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
    • A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin
    • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
    • Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
    • Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
    • Legend by Marie Lu
    • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
    • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

    Good luck and enjoy!

  2. I had this problem in my early teen years (13–14 y.o) and now that I look back it was probably because I forced myself to read old classics, to look cool ( I literally read War and Peace at this age and it was a horrible experience). Contrary to popular belief, books don’t usually transport you to another world, you transport yourself. Most of the work is done by the reader as many books, especially old ones (Tolstoy, Dostoevski, Wolfe, Goethe, etc.) require a lot of thinking and high concentration for large amounts of time. This will automatically bore a non regular reader, even if he/she is trying desperately to not give up finishing the book.

    If you are picking up reading after a long pause, I suggest you start with more simple and fun books that are easier to grasp, look into the genres of comedy, romance, maybe some action or fantasy. Don’t throw yourself into complex, philosophical books right from the start.

    You should check out Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs, Veronica decides to die – Paulo Coelho, Delicacy – David Foenkinos, The Art of Racing in The Rain – Garth Stein

  3. Start reading some “fun”, real page-turner novels like mysteries, thrillers, science fiction…whatever your favorite genre is. Some authors write novels that are really hard to put down. Once you’re read a few of these, you’ll be more in the mood to read some more serious literature, or whatever else you’d like to read.

  4. I had exactly the same problem. I trace it back to when I started using a laptop more, about the age of ten. Because technology is randomly rewarding (when you click refresh, you could get no emails, you could get a ton of spam, you could get a love letter) it’s extremely stimulating to our brains. Therefore, when we try to switch back to lower-key content, our brains find it hard to concentrate because they’re used to so much stimulation.

    I’d recommend using a phone/tablet/laptop less, or making it unavailable when you want to read. (Good idea: let it run out of battery, and put the charger and device in separate places, both inconvenient to get to.) You need to put yourself in a place where the only thing you can focus on is the book. You also need to find a really good story. If the book is just hard to read, drop it and get a new one.

    Your brain does get used to reading again, but it may take a few weeks. Just persevere.

  5. It really depends if you are really interested in start reading again. People reacts diferently when it comes to reading. Some gets bored easily while others enjoyed it.Some reads to get knowledge, Others to pass time; to relieve stress , and so on.

    To cut things short; reading can be enjoyable and interesting. So in your case; why dont you start reading books that is interesting to you!.

    For example; adventure kinda books if you into adventure, mystery/thrillers if you like to solve crimes, Horror if you into ghosts .

    Read a book that keeps you up late at nights , breath taking , heart wrenching and makes you turn those pages eagerly.

    Hope that answer your question though.

  6. I love to read, and have since I was a small child, but this past summer I had lost interest as well. I couldn’t “get in” to a book. It was so utterly frustrating because I love to read. I always have. Why couldn’t I find a book I liked?

    I looked for books based on interests I had recently obtained. I had just found a love for history, so I picked up some historical-fiction books, autobiographies, informational books, etc. I loved them. As I read more and more historical books, I found specific topics I was interested in more than others, and my love for reading sparked again.

    Really just look for books based on topics you enjoy. Now I don’t just read history books, I read almost everything because I found my passion for immersing myself in a book again.

    It can be tricky, but I’m sure you’ll find your love for reading again!

  7. Read something that is in your “interest” zone. And try shorter books like novellas.
    I read about 3 to 4 books a week in three areas of interest, to change the pace and interest levels. Of course I am an 82 year old retired guy with no clock to punch . but have written several novels. Kindle one at “ Hotel Hope! I think you will enjoy it. I write every day. Now on a South American Spy Novel..
    Find your passion and enjoy it!

  8. Ask yourself , what was so fascinating about reading ?

    Find an answer….

    What influences your behaviour nowadays ?

    What knowledge are you lacking ?

    Bonus : Answer a lot of challenging questions on Quora .

    When you feel empty , you will develop an urge to know more …. Read

  9. Read interesting content only when..

    1. you do not have any exams/assignments atleast not before 3 coming weeks..
    2. you do not have any pending studies
    3. you do not have any parties to attend..
    4. you are not ill by any means or stressed..
    5. you do not have a favourite program coming on tv for atleast one week
    6. try to read right after you take a bath..the freshness seems to do the trick very often..
    7. do not leave in the middle for any eating..or drinking water..do not worry..wait till the craving becomes too much..you would not die of hunger or suffer dehydration..
    8. read in a quiet place..like really quiet..
    9. do not keep your phone or laptop near you..
    10. only prefer hard copies..
  10. Find a good book. Reading is boring if you can't find one you'd like. I'm currently reading a series called “The rule of 3”. The plot is basically where everything electric in the world stops working. This includes the majority of vehicles. The town has to work together to survive (Defending themselves against attacks, plan, finding food, etc)

  11. I ran into this trouble. I realized there were things that made me quit reading. 1. Misunderstood words (now I look them up, even if I think I know the meaning a little bit) 2. Sketch things out if I don’t understand them. 3. Read things at my level before I move on to the next level. And by the way, we can even have misunderstood words in fiction. Even small words can be misunderstood. Good luck and I hope this helps. I love to read again. 😀

  12. I’m the exact same! But then I found a really good book called Percy Jackson (it’s a series) and I read the whole thing. The key is basically just finding out what books you really enjoy and reading them. Being a kid you’re more likely to love a lot of different things, but as we grow older we don’t tend to have much variety. You could also feel pressure to read adult books instead of kids books, but honestly, books for kids and teenagers are typically better in my opinion.

  13. To regain interest in reading, personally I began to download news apps and read news in foreign languages; English and French for example, so I benefited from that, increased my knowledge and enhanced my career as a journalist.

  14. Ask your friends for recommendation for a good book. Or go to a local library and look for a book that interested you. I would recommend

    Harry potter

    The westing games

    Percy Jackson

    Wonder

    The mocking bird

    Fablehaven

    If you feel a book is boring then don't leave it. Read more till halfway and if it is still boring find another book. Reading is an amazing way to learn new thing while having fun.

    WAYS TO HAVE FUN WHILE READING.

    1 curl up in your bed.

    2 drink hot cocoa

    3 read at night in the dark with a night lamp on.

    4 read with family

    5 pretend you are the main character.

    I hope you use these tips. And have fun reading.

  15. Definitely, all of us have spare times spent in nothing .. look for them and begin with asking some readers from your friends about books recommendations for those you’re intresed in ,don’t take the risk of reading unknown books that might drive you to be more bored, after reading around 3 or more books from recommended ones .. you will automatically choose the books that suit your interest of reading just from their headlines ..

  16. This world has lost interest in reading, and more intrest in technology. I’m assuming that maybe the books that you're reading are boring? What I would do, is to go to the library, pick out a book, read the blurb, and rate how interesting is to you. If it seems reasonable to read, then go for it. Also, you could join or create a book club in your community. Then, you can be engaged and ask others whether they are bored or not.

    Good luck!

  17. Find books that speak to you, and don’t go past 10-25 pages of a book that doesn't interest you.

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