It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I am an avid book reader. But sometimes life gets in the way and it is difficult to find time to read and then it’s even harder to get back into it, no matter how much you enjoy it. But there are simple ways to get back into reading and sticking with it.

1. Start simple.

Pick a short book to read or reread a book that you love. Reading something short takes the pressure of a commitment off and the familiarity and anticipation of a book you already know you enjoy gives you the motivation to keep reading it.

2. If you like a book, look for something similar.

Think of your absolute favorite book; I guarantee there is another book out there that is similar to it. Some authors like Cassandra Claire create different stories in the same universe as the original book or series, almost guaranteeing you will enjoy it.

3. Don’t be afraid to branch out anyway.

Reading a genre or author I never thought I would like but do always has me looking for more books like it; forcing me to try something new.

4. But staying in your comfort zone is OK too.

It’s always good to read things you know you like, it’s more likely to keep you reading and motivate you to start again because you already know you will like it.

5. Keep up-to-date on books you may like.

To do this, I use the Goodreads app. It recommends me books based on books I’ve listed that I have read. It is really useful when looking for something new.

6. Set goals.

I try to read at least a chapter a day and if I have the time, I’ll try to read at least 100 pages, but that is mostly when I’m reading my 1,000-page books. The point is to set a goal and do your best to meet it.