I was surprised to know that many people do not read books. They have no idea who the famous authors are. They have never heard of Enid Blyton or Sidney Sheldon! They also have no clue what book to buy in order to inculcate the habit of reading in their kids. As an avid reader for as long as I can remember, I was astonished because how can one not know Charles Dickens? We grew up with his books!
While some of those people read only self-help (non-fiction) books, the rest have never found the need to read, at all. Shocking, isn’t it?
Hence, here I go with another blog post. Yes, just like my eyes are always looking for good books to read, my mind is always searching for ideas for my next blog post. And what better way than to help non-readers explore the world of reading?
Firstly, identify what you would like to read. While there are mainly TWO genres: FICTION AND NON-FICTION, there are several sub-categories under both genres. Read more here to discover your type!
Strictly, allot time to read. If you have a busy day, set a duration of 10 minutes, 40 minutes or 1 hour at a particular time of day to READ and read alone. Do this every day for a month and you will soon find this glorious habit embracing you.
You have a doctor’s appointment but know that you have to wait until it is your turn. Or you hang on until your kids finish their classes. A book has always proved to be an excellent companion during waiting times or even while you’re having lunch alone.
I guarantee that once you enter a library, you will want to read all the books there. Try it. Find a library close to home and subscribe to it, so that you can find a new book every week.
I have lists for various things (besides groceries). A list of topics to fill my blog with. A list of movies to watch (since 2018). A list of karaoke songs I would love to try at the next party. But, the only list that is active and keeps changing is my list of books to read. As soon as I’ve read a book on my list, it’s struck off and the cover picture is submitted to my Reading Challenge 2022 Book List on Blogchatter. Trust me, as I’ve said before, it’s a great incentive, especially if you like being organized.
I have always read one book at a time but lately, I have 4 books that I read simultaneously. This helps improve your memory and desire to read. Depending on your mood or where you want to read, you can choose to continue with the book that suits the situation. For example, I have a fat Agatha Christie book with 50 stories on my bedside table but I carry a thinner book to read outside the home. This way you can also finish reading several books faster.
I love the smell of books and the feel of books and just possessing books (hard copies). But, these days, with a shortage of libraries around, you are forced to find easily accessible e-books (in pdf format) to read. And, then there’s Kindle. I read both types on the laptop for now.
Then there are Audio books that a few swear by but I haven’t tried them out yet. Perhaps you should!
Many a time we have that friend who suggests what genre you would love. While it’s great to give it a shot, it’s always better to stop and leave the book if you find that it’s not your type or it is not working out for you. You and your friend may enjoy entirely different genres and forcing yourself to like what they like may only push you away from books.
Avoid scurrying to finish a book. It will only take the fun out of reading. Go slow and read to understand the story, content or mystery. Reading should be thoroughly enjoyed in a relaxed mode.
Treat the book, you’re reading, like a friend, a guru or a teacher. Handle it with care, respect it, keep it away from naughty kids who tear things and make sure you visit it regularly.
If you have babies and find no time for yourself, you can indulge in reading while you’re breastfeeding. I did that a lot. Once they are off breastmilk, you can read to them before bedtime. While you narrate a children’s story with hand movements and facial expressions, the excitement on their little faces is gratifying. And, you’re reading!
I have come to realize that I find it a total waste of time to sit and watch a movie every day. I prefer reading, painting, gardening or going for a walk. While I do watch some television, I mostly keep away from it. For a couple of months after we shifted houses, I was unaware of how to get the television to work. Also, it’s always advisable to keep your mobile phone away while you are with a book. Or maybe you can keep it on silent and use it only for Audio books or to Google unknown words from your book. Nevertheless, do not let a ‘ping’ distract your senses.
Moreover, let me brief you on the several benefits of reading books in the first place. When you read a good book, your brain is thinking, focusing on the details, processing the story, understanding the plot, playing the guessing game and waiting for the mystery to unfold or perhaps waiting for the handsome hero to sweep the woman off her feet. In short, you’re exercising your brain as well as de-stressing. Reading also helps improve your vocabulary, general knowledge and mental health. I, for one, get to learn a lot of new words and various other things. It is also said that the more you read, the better sleep you get and the better writing skills you have. Isn’t that amazing? Oh! And, apparently reading also helps you live longer (yet to be proven but it’s good motivation till then, isn’t it? 😉)!
So, start reading and enjoy the journey ahead. Do let me know if these tips have helped you develop a reading habit and what’s your favourite genre.
This post is a part of #BlogchatterBlogHop
I’m participating in Blogchatter’s #TBRChallenge
Feature picture by Anastasia Golubeva