Do you hate reading? Keep getting distracted? Is everything quicker to find out on Google?
But you know reading is good for you and you want to read and you want to like it. It doesn’t come naturally to everyone but it makes you smarter, makes you more able to concentrate and really, if you find the right book, it is fun!
If you are not a “natural” reader, read on for some tips! (see what I did there?)
Find your genre
Maybe you hated or hate the set texts you get at school, so many people do, but find out what your friends like reading, or people you admire, and try those books. Try graphic novels (comic books). They are not just for kids and there are many genres within the graphic novel, not just superheros and imaginary kingdoms.
Use your local library
If you have one. Library services differ from town to town and country to country in their quality, but if you have access to a local library check out what they offer. You might get a surprise. Where I live, not only can you borrow the thousands of books on offer there, you can borrow movies, current national and international magazines. On top of that, you can search online for titles and if your local library branch doesn’t have the book, they will order it from another branch and have it delivered, then alert you when it arrives. Finally...wait for it...if you find a book you would like and the city libraries don’t have it, you can recommend it and they might buy it!
The advantage of using the library is that you can try different titles and genres of book and if you don’t like them you can simply return them and you haven’t wasted any money. If you don’t naturally enjoy reading, don’t slog at a book that you are hating - just drop it and try something else! Make a point of going there soon and just browse the shelves until you see something you might like.
Carve out time for reading.
You probably “don’t have time” to read. But that’s not true. There is no such thing as “not having time”, you are not prioritizing it. Have you got time to check your phone? Have you got time to read this article? Then you have time to read a book. Try setting yourself a manageable challenge, like you will read for 10 minutes per day before falling asleep, or you will carry a book to read on your way to work instead of checking your phone or chatting to friends.
Don’t try to be “too clever”
If you are not into reading, it’s best not to start with “classics” of literature, or top books of all time, because if they are challenging to read it might put you off completely. Start with something simple, whether it be a graphic novel, some short stories, or a best seller type book. Once you start enjoying reading you might want to go on to more “worthy” titles.
Don’t be scared to “skip” pages.
If you start a book you think might be good and then find there is a ten page description of, say, the Algerian countryside (which I’m sure is beautiful), or what the main character’s house looked like, just skip over it. There is no point in hating what you are reading. Once you get over the “boring part” you could still enjoy the book overall.