By Crystal Olague || Staff Writer

this week, I’ve decided to do something different. Ever since I’ve started writing these book reviews and giving you guys recommendations, I’ve had conversations with some of you about how hard it is for you to get back into reading and that you don’t know where to start. I just want to say that reading shouldn’t be a task or something that you stress over. It’s okay to take a break from reading or pick it back up with an easy read. 

Before sophomore year of college, I wasn’t really reading as much mainly because I didn’t know where to start and I felt like I didn’t have the time. While this was true, I felt as though I was just putting too much pressure on myself to read or to try to become a reader. It was only when I stopped focusing on when I should read a book or what type of book I should read, that I started to enjoy reading again. I think now that reading has become a “trend” on social media, everyone is trying to read these books that they are not interested in and then find it hard to keep reading, which shouldn’t be the case. Reading should be something you do because you love it or because you find joy in pretending to be in a different world. 

This is not to say that taking a break or being in a reading slump isn’t okay, it totally is. Currently, I am in a reading slump which is why I haven’t made any new book reviews or recommendations, but I think that is okay. We are college students struggling with finals, homework, and simply being young adults. I think that we shouldn’t be too hard on ourselves and understand that reading is something that should make us happy. To get out of this, I usually just find new books from genres I know that I like or get books that have piqued my interest in the past as an attempt to start reading again. 

All in all, I just want to let you know that it is okay not to be the best at reading or struggle starting a book, but we all have to start from somewhere. I wish you all the best of luck and I will see you next time my lovely bookworms.

Crystal Olague is a Staff Writer. Her email is