Reading Advice

How to Power Through Challenging Books


As an avid reader, it is inevitable that you’ll come across books that you find challenging to read, whether this is because of its age range, content, genre or just your general enjoyment of the book in question. This has happened to me many times, with a variety of books. Although it can seem tempting to just give up on the book completely, I have never done this with a book, as I always hold out hope that I will be able to finish it. Also, conquering more challenging books will not only make you a better reader, but you will also feel a massive sense of acomplishment once you’ve read the final page.

*** Please note, that when I mention any book that I am using/have used any of these ideas on, this is not intended as a disrespect to any authors – I am sharing examples of how this tricks have helped me ***

So here is how I power through any book that I find challenging to read…

1. Set a date that you would like the book to be finished by

By doing this, I tend to feel more motivated to read the book more, as I can almost see how I only need to read a small chunk of the book each day to get it finished by the end of the month, for example. Also, you can plan what books to read next, if you roughly know when you’ll finish your current book.

2. Set achievable targets for how much you would like to read each day

This links in with my previous point, of setting a target date for finishing the book. I’m currently doing this with Glass Sword, as I am finding it a challenging book to read. I have worked out that if I read at least one chapter per day, I will finish it in about a week. Then, I know that I can move onto King’s Cage quicker, which I am excited to read, as some of my friends have said that it is the best book in the series.

3. Know how many pages are in the chapter that you are currently reading

I know that this might seem like a strange point, as there is the obvious risk of reading the last line of the chapter accidentally, and finding out a spoiler. But I find that it does help me to read more, as I am aiming for the last line of the chapter, almost like a mini-target. Therefore, if I know that I am nearly at the end of my reading target for the day, I feel more motivated to read on, compared to if I don’t know where I am in the chapter.

4. Take a break from the book

Taking a break from the book can help you to re-focus on other books, and then come back to it with a fresh mindset about it. I find that if I continue to struggle with a book for several weeks/over a month, I can get ‘bored’ of the book, even if I am finding it interesting to read. For example, I took a hiatus from A Court of Wings and Ruin to focus on my Murder Most Unladylike Challenge in July and August. When I returned to A Court of Wings and Ruin, I felt more ready and eager to read it, as I’d just finshed a series that I love.

5. Read a book that you really want to read after you finish the challenging book

I am doing this at the moment with the Red Queen series – I am promising myself that after I finish this series, I will move onto the Slated trilogy by Teri Terry. Then, I’ve formulated the ‘path’ through my bookshelf that I’ll take, until for the first time since AT LEAST APRIL 2018 that I’ve read every book on my bookshelf!! This acts as an incentive to stick to your daily reading targets, and finish the book you’re reading.

6. Research more about the book you’re reading

Sometimes, reading a few crazy fan theories/headcanons can motivate you to read on, to see if the theories do come true. Maybe, this will make you return to the book, thinking about it another way, and you might enjoy it even more??

7. Read another blogger’s review of the book

I always find it interesting to see what other people think of books I’ve read, especially to see what we agree and disagree on about the book. Maybe reading another blogger’s review will make you think about the book in a different way, or notice smaller details that foreshadow the ending. This also supports other bloggers, and you might find a new site to follow by doing this.

So this is how I power through any books that I find challenging. I hope that this advice is useful to you, and that you apply some (or all) of this advice when you’re next reading a challenging book.

Please let me know if you have any ways that you like to read more challenging books – I’d love to hear your tips and tricks!

Thank you for reading this post.



4 thoughts on “How to Power Through Challenging Books

  1. These are great tips. I’m halfway through a challenging and huge book at the moment and I’m finding “little and often” helps – just a few pages a day! – and an acknowledgment that it’s going to take a while.

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  2. I do some of these tricks already.

    1. Sometimes I do check how long a chapter is
    2. Take a break- books with longer chapters make me stop earlier than those with shorter chapters
    3. I can add this- have a dictionary at hand
    4. Due to loving the classics, I always read a non-classics after a classic
    5. Preplan the next book you will read

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    1. Thank you for your comment – I like your ideas! I’ve never thought of having a dictionary at hand when reading – I do have a dictionary bookmark though which I sometimes use when reading. Alternating between genres is something I haven’t thought of either (but it might be quite difficult with my bookshelf though, as it is mostly mystery, fantasy and dystopia!). Hannah


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