I lost the habit to read about three years ago
Is it possible for me to reacquire it or am I just going to have to settle for only reading 10 books a year?
Force yourself to read ten minutes a day, it can be whatever you want. Rereading an old favorite, reading something light, your favorite poem, whatever. After about two weeks, kick it up to 20 minutes.
You can set an alarm so you don't glance at the clock and take yourself out of it, or you can set a stopwatch so you won't be interrupted.
Once you feel comfortable at 20 minutes increase to 30m, then 45m, etc until you get to where you want (I try for 1-2 hours a day, more on weekends).
Don't let yourself skip a day, or wiggle or of it or you can end up back at square one.
If you become too busy at some point in your life, just reduce it to something you can handle even it's just 10 minutes again.
Do you take public transport at all?
Read whenever you do. This is what makes me read a lot because it sparks my interest, even if I don't get to read too much on the way.
Do you even like reading
Yes, but I'm also forgetful, and want to make sure I read every day, because I enjoy it but get distracted (from starting in the first place).
OP said he lost his habit for reading, what I wrote is basically a guide for giving yourself a habit for anything.
I used the same tactic for writing, drawing, painting, etc
not the poster, but having read on public transport I can see how some people would not feel comfortable doing so. Public transport can be really loud and cramped during rush hour which can make reading more challenging at times with a lot of loud talking and shuffling about means you have to devote a bit of concentration on those around you. That would probably be at the extreme end of the scale with empty being on the other.
Not sure you have the same problem, but for me, I had replaced the habit of reading with the habit of buying books. My backlog had reached the triple digits, and still I kept buying books, starting said books, then getting only 30 or 40 pages in before my mind wandered and I started something new.
To fix this I simply had to build up some willpower and force myself to stop buying books until I finished the one's I already had.
I'm no where near finishing my backlog, but at least I'm actually finishing books now.
I became an avid reader like three months ago and I can't stop. I stopped watching tv and I don't spend much time on 4chan anymore.
Here's how I did it.
-Remember the average person reads like zero books a year. If you read 5 pages a day, you are 5 pages above the average person
-Don't force yourself to read. Commit to read 5 pages a day. I swear after three days you'll feel like reading more and after a month or so you should be reading 50-100 pages a day for pleasure
-Read various books at the same time. When I grab a difficult book or one that makes me sleepy I grab another and switch. This should refresh your head. Keep them thematically different. I read economics and fiction.
-It isn't a race. Reading slowly won't make you sleepy that fast. Try to acknowledge what books are for you to read fast and which aren't.
-Buy the physical copies. When you get the books from your own money you'll feel the need to read them to avoid the feel of wasting your money.
-Start with books highly discussed here so you feel motivated to discuss.
I suggest figuring out how to make reading take the place of some activity you find yourself defaulting to. For example, I used to browse news articles every morning on my iPad while I was waiting for my adderall to kick in; now I open up my ebooks instead. When I was first switching over I found that I'd (unthinkingly) open up my browser or w/e, so I went and switched the places of the icons.