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Four Ways to Fun Up Summer Reading

Many years ago, when the world was still a civilized place, people understood innately that the words “summer” and “reading” should never, EVER go together. It was a glorious epoch, and it should have lasted forever. But alas, sometime during the 20th century, school administrators abandoned all semblance of decency in favor of burdening their students with mind-numbingly boring book assignments to be completed sometime between the last day of one school year and the first day of the next.

And everyone cried.

Of course, that was a long time ago. Now summer reading is de rigeur—but that doesn’t mean you like it. (And if your twitter feeds are any indication, you really, reeeeeeally don’t!) But before you go back to weeping copiously over your copy of King Lear, or banging your head against the wall while Oliver Twist silently mocks you from your bedside table, why not take a break to read this: an illustrated guide to funning up your summer reading in four easy steps! Because if you have to do it, you ought to find a way to enjoy yourself… or at least, to not to want to gouge your own eyes out with a sharp stick.

Step 1: Lessen the sting of forced reading by combining it with another, funner summer activity.

Step 2: If you’re having trouble focusing on the book, try to engage with the story in… other ways.

Step 3: Give yourself a reading schedule. Every time you finish a chapter, reward yourself for getting one step closer to your goal.

Step 4: Couldn’t finish the book? Pool your cash with a group of other procrastinators, and pay a nerd to spend an afternoon giving you the condensed version.

Sooooo, how’s that reading coming along?

Related post: Ditch Your Summer Reading List