May wanna check out some of the old [wiki posts](https://www.reddit.com/r/books/wiki/faq#wiki_2.___how_do_i_stay_focused_while_reading_and_how_do_i_remember_more_of_what_i_have_read.3F) regarding reading
>I've tried the whole "hour a day" thing
Maybe try to build up your "reading endurance" incrementally. First day, read for 15 minutes. Double that the next day and so on. Set a timer if you need to. Of course, when you're hooked, you can continue reading even when the time is up.
I went through a period almost exactly like you described. Reading a ton to almost not at all for years. What brought me back was discovering I could download books on my phone and then use a reader app to make it look like a real book.
Now I can read anywhere at anytime at any angle in any light. That really changed the game for me.
A few minutes of downtime at work, read a book. 15 to 20 minutes early for work or an appointment read a book.
I even went so far as completely take the TV out of my bedroom and now I read before bed. On top of my reader app making an ebook look like a real book my phone also has a nighttime mode that reduces eye strain so reading in pitch black darkness doesn't make my eyes hurt.
I guess I'll be saying the same as many others here, but my only goal is to read 10 min a day, that's all I have to do to "succeed", I can read however much I want to over that, but at least 10m, that way I always take some time of my day to reading, and picking up a book for 10 minutes isn't that hard.
With the help of that little trick I've now finished 37 books this year, going up from 1 last year, so for me at least it really worked :)
I had a few years out of college where I completely stopped reading, and physically couldnt bring myself to sit down and concentrate on a book. I had similar interests to you and I found it hard to commit time on something which is not so instantly gratifying. Now I read about a book per week.
I think you just have to be aware that your concentration and willingness to read are skills, and that over time it does become a lot easier. Dont get frustrated with yourself and just keep at it.
A couple of more practical tips:
-Seperate yourself from your environment. Go to a park or coffee shop. Bring only a book (phone stays at home), so that reading is literally the only thing you can do.
-Change types of books. There's no need to read a book if it's a chore.
Also a tangent, but did you try meditation? Like ten minute breaks? (there are apps for this). That helped me gain more control over time wasting.
All I can really say is find a book you really enjoy, if you find reading a chore then it's not the right book for you, my biggest issue is I'll pick up a book and sit there for hours reading thinking "I have things to do.. but one more page".
I'm similar to you, I'm a gamer, so I usually spend my free time gaming as well but when it reaches night I pick up a book and read, so I suggest you find a good book to hook you in and start reading it before you sleep. My recommendation would be "Assassin's Apprentice" a really enjoyable read
try short stories. I prefer sci fi . look up "voluntary state" or the story "the clapping hands of god". another good foot in the door. find Truly interesting authors. I like to pock up older copies of 'the years best science fiction' to find new authors.
instead of an hour do 15 minutes. a smaller chunk of time would help your brain get over the hump of "well now i gotta do this thing for 1 hour".
also, reading challenges. let's say you want to read 10,000 pages in a given year. that is 27 pages per day. you are more likely to pick up a book to keep yourself on track to meet your goal.
a bit tangential, i am the opposite of you. i often do not log in to play games, because it takes too long to load them. i rather just pick up a book. :)
Same exact spot as you. Now that destiny 2 came out I’m mostly playing that but I’m still trying to keep up with reading. What I do is if I’m gonna go to sleep at like 1am I’ll go to bed at 12:30 and read for 30 minutes. This helps me finish books and sometimes I’ll get caught up in it and read for a lot longer!
Get Goodreads! Goodreads has helped me so much in keeping up with reading. You can keep a list of book you've read and want to read, put them into any categories/genres you want, and set reading goals for yourself. Having tht visual representation of all the things you want to read might help you just pick up the next book.
For me, taking an hour long train to and from school a few days a week really helps. Settle into the quiet car and just let it roll, not that this is conducive to everybody's lifestyle.
Also, if you like a drink, I find it really relaxing to sit down someplace relaxing with a glass of something tasty and read for a few hours.
I'm not sure where you live but I have a 45 minute commute (when the MTA is being nice - NYC) each way from home to work. Thats a minimum of 1.5 hours of audiobooking in every day. I also tend to try and get another hour over lunch since listening while eating is very simple, unlike actual reading is (for me, others seem to manage well).
My friend does audiobooks in the car as well, I personally couldn't focus on the road and on books without feeling like I'm wasn't giving the books enough attention, and was missing details - but it may work for you.
Also, the narrators make the audiobook. World War Z, a phenomenal audiobook with a AAA cast. The Bobiverse series was also a 10/10.
There are people who are naysayers to audiobooks, and I'm not sure why. They say "that's not actual reading" but we're getting the same story. Actually, I tend to notice more subtle details then when I used to read and get "in the zone". I would tend to skip over words and have to go back and re-read sentences since I was so excited or immersed and kept reading ahead of where I was. With audiobooks, I've never really missed any details. The only thing I've missed out on is the spelling of names. (But I used to pronounce them wrong without audiobooks, so there's that too).
I think it is really desiring to do it. I slowed down reading after college, being an English major can kill the fun. But, to be honest, I was learning way more through reading, and I think it stimulates your brain more. Reddit is addicting, same with video games, and even tv, and they r easy. Oh read some paragraph, or wack jobs perspective, and you can learn through it. But for me, books are much better written than redditors, usually deeper, and offer more discussion points. Despite knowing this, I think we all go for what's easy. A book club or just reading with a friend could offer more of a community and pressure to read. Just a suggestion.
Make yourself pick up the book to read like 5 pages. Not at all a lot. But I always find myself getting easily immersed and once I've started I think why stop now, and keep reading more.
I usually travel by train or bus and so I always find time to read instead of doing nonsense on my phone! And when the book really catches me I continue reading at home instead of playing League or watching something on Netflix. But it doesn't always happen. Sometimes I finish a book without ever reading it at home.
It's probably because you're reading a god awful book. Bukowski said, a good book should want to make you turn the page and look forward to the ending. Try reading better materials. Or even look for books that games were based on, Dante's Inferno game, from Inferno by Dante Alighieri, or even Parasite's Eve written by Hideaki.