How to Regain Your Reading Focus

Welcome to the Dear Book Nerd podcast, a bi-weekly show that answers YOUR questions about life, love, and literature! My special guest host this week is the wonderful Adam Silvera. Adam and I talk about how to get back your reading focus, whether or not it’s worth it to keep old books around for a long time, and much more. Don’t miss it!


Adam is the author of More Happy Than Not from Soho Teen. You can find him on Twitter at @Adam Silvera. Thank you, Adam!

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Dear Book Nerd,

I love to read and enjoy getting into a new book; however, at about the halfway mark I always seem to be anticipating the next book I’m going to read. Rarely do I stay fully committed to the current book I’m reading. I don’t really enjoy reading multiple books at a time so I don’t feel like that is an option. I feel like I’m not fully able to appreciate what I’m reading though. I’m always looking ahead instead of focusing on where I am currently. Is this normal and do you have any suggestions on how to remain focused?


Dear Book Nerd,

I am trying to make this the year of reading all backlogged books, which includes a lot of books I got in high school. I am a year out of school and I’m finally getting back to devouring books like I did as a teen.

Some of them I am excited to read – there were a few YA series I’m looking forward to finishing – but others I would consider to have no literary merit at all. It’s not that I wouldn’t enjoy reading them in the slightest, sometimes a mindless entertainment book is nice after a long day, but I can only average about 30 books a year and I don’t want to waste my years on a lot of bad books.

So my question is: Do I plow through all of these books I currently own before buying new ones or do I just let them gather dust on my shelf and consider them a waste of money?


Dear Book Nerd,

I have a degree in Literature, and I was the kind of person who loved books so much, her relatives gave her gift cards for bookstores on all occasions (having given up trying to find a book I hadn’t read) as a child. But for the past 2-3 years, I’ve been unable to concentrate on any books. I tend to skip through parts, give up on stuff even though I’m enjoying it, and just turn to television instead. I’m scared I won’t ever be a bookworm again. I still love libraries and bookstores, and still buy books at any given opportunity, but simply cannot get through them.

Book Worried


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