There is, of course, a lot of value in reading. It transports you to another world, broadens your horizons, and helps you to understand the world better — and all without leaving your home. That’s pretty special. However, while many people know the value of reading, they don’t all read at much as they’d like. And you can see why: sometimes you have to endure bad books or even bad sections of good books, or you just don’t have the time. There are things you can do to improve your reading experience, however. Below, we’ll take a look at nine useful tips for doing just that.
Fifteen Minutes a Day
Some people like reading, but just never seem to have the time to get through the book on their shelf. There are a few issues with just waiting for inspiration to strike before picking up a book and getting down to serious reading. The first is that life will usually get in the way; there’s always something popping up that requires your attention! Instead of waiting for those long and lazy days before you open your book, commit to just fifteen minutes a day. That’s super easy to fit into your schedule; you could do it before you fall asleep, for example. Over time, you’ll be building up your tolerance/making it part of your routine.
Find a Book You Love
There’s no shortage of books out there. Every single topic you can think of, there’s a book! And then there are the classics, the ones on the bestseller list, the books that are considered a cultural juggernaut, and so on. Some people lose their love of reading because they just try to make their way through the books that they think they should read. If you’re going to love reading, then know that there are no books that you ‘should’ read. It’s all about your own interests. If you have a book that you love, then you’ll have no trouble dedicating your time to reading. Equally, if you’re reading something that you’re just not enjoying, then don’t feel pressured to finish it.
And Create a List
When you’ve finished a book, it’s a good idea to give yourself some time before you begin the next book. This will give you the space you need to think about the book that you’ve just finished. After a few days, however, it’s best to get started with your next book. Reading is like any other hobby; you have to do it regularly to become good at it. If you wait too long before starting your next book, then you might lose the momentum that you’ve built. As such, it’s a good idea to have a list of books that you want to read so that you have another book to move onto once you’re finished.
Create a Cozy Space
You shouldn’t believe the people who say that books and reading are dying; it’s not true. But it is true that it has more competition these days. The internet, television, games consoles and more all compete for our attention — and sometimes it’s just a fact that the competitors are more accessible. And they can even distract you when you’re trying to read. It’s hard to stay fully focused on your book if someone is watching television in the same room. As such, one of the best ways to enjoy reading more is to create a cozy space that allows you to fully immerse yourself in the world that the author has created. If you have a spare room, then look at adding an extra comfortable seating space with plenty of cushions, soft lighting, and no distractions — indeed, this should be a tech-free zone.
Make It Easier
The actual act of reading is easy (unless you’re reading James Joyce or a similarly complex author!), but only if the conditions are right. Some people love reading, but they find that they’re not able to do it as well as they could because of other issues. If your eyesight isn’t as good as it once was, then you might find that you struggle to read the words on the page, either all the time or in certain lighting conditions, or in certain books if the font is small. Thankfully, this is a problem that can be easily solved. Shop the internet for reading glasses, and you’ll no longer need to squint just to read the words. You’ll find it’s much easier to sink into a few hours of reading if you’re not battling with your eyesight!
Find a Club
Reading is primarily a solitary hobby. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other spaces where you’re able to share your passion for others. No matter where you live, you’ll likely find that there’s a book club operating in your area. You’ll all read the same book and then get together to discuss your thoughts and feelings. If you don’t want to necessarily join a club, then you can look at finding a friend that also likes books. There’s something really special about exchanging books and discussing big ideas of a cup of tea.
The world that was created in the book you’ve read will be super fresh in the hours and days after you’ve finished reading it. But at some point in the future, your thoughts and feelings will begin to diminish somewhat. You might remember that you enjoyed the book, but won’t be able to say why it was the case. One way to get around this issue is to make notes as you read the book, or afterward if you don’t want the interruptions. In the future, you’ll have something to call upon when you think of the book and the impact it had on you.
Carry One With You At All Times
Finally, to really become a bookworm, it’s best to carry one with you at all times. You don’t know when you’ll have a chance to read. With one on you, you’ll always be immersed in the world of books.