I may be a complete bookworm, but I know it’s not as natural for everyone else to be. A lot of people want to unwind and read more, but sometimes it’s hard to do. Even with my bookworm tendencies, I can sometimes not feel like reading. So I started to think about what tricks I know of that can help others want to become avid readers like myself. I compiled a list of things you can do that can help you out on this!
1. Read genres you like
I think this may be obvious, but you shouldn’t force yourself to read a genre you don’t like. If you know you love fantasy stories, then you should read fantasy. Forcing yourself to read a genre you have no interest in will just make you want to avoid reading even more. So if you really hate literary fiction, or young adult, don’t read books in that genre. (Now, I know reading outside of your comfort zone is beneficial, but doing so when you don’t read at all doesn’t help you to want to become a reader).
2. Read books that were adapted into movies or television shows
This tip may seem a bit strange, but bare with me. If you have a favourite movie that was adapted from a book, you should read that book. Most of the time, the book is better than the movie, and has tons more information than a short adaptation. Another great thing about reading a book that was adapted into a movie, is that you already know the plot. There will be no worries about if you’ll hate the plot of the novel because you already know what will happen. For example, if you love the movie Pride and Prejudice, reading the novel will be just as entertaining, but the difference here is that you’re actually reading.
3. Read for 20 minutes a day
If you are not a reader, finding the time to read can be bothersome. Some people have incredibly busy lifestyles, and squeezing in hours of reading can be unrealistic. So instead of making a huge commitment to reading a lot everyday, just squeeze in 20 minutes. I would recommend doing this before bed because you’re probably just lying down and looking at your phone anyway. However, if you have 20 minutes during lunch, or even when you wake up, use that small amount of free time to read a book.
4. Read short books
Another thing non-readers may fear are big books. This I completely understand. If you don’t read to begin with, you really shouldn’t be picking up Ulysses or Moby Dick. You need to start off somewhere smaller so that you can actually finish the book, and feel good about finishing it. That good feeling will stick with you, and you’ll want to read another book. I would suggest reading books under 350 pages to start off with. Afterwards, if you feel like you want to take on a larger book, go for it!
5. Read with a friend
I think reading a book with someone can really motivate you to actually read books. I suggest picking a book with a friend, and both of you read the book at the same time. If you’re reading with someone else, you’ll want to finish the book so that you can discuss the it afterwards. Now, I’m not suggesting a book club because not everyone can join one of those, and sometimes book club books aren’t chosen with the whole group’s interests in mind. Book clubs are still a great way to motivate yourself, but it can fall into the category of reading books in genres you don’t like. So, if you and your friend decide to read a non fiction book about black holes, at least you’re picking a book that you agree upon.
I hope these little tricks will help you, or someone you know, in the journey to become a reader. Regardless of how many books you read, or how much time you spent reading them, reading is a great hobby to have.
Have you helped anyone become a reader? Let me know in the comments!