In school, the most commonly read books include Hamlet, Huckleberry Finn, The Scarlet Letter, and The Great Gatsby. While these are some of the greatest novels ever written, reading any book that was assigned to you will always feel like a chore.
It’s a shame that forcing kids to read books they find boring is enough to turn them off from reading as adults. Fortunately, it’s never too late to cultivate a reading habit. There’s plenty of material to choose from. And the best part is, you can do it for fun and know you won’t be tested on it later. Here are seven ways to kick start your reading habit:
- Find What You Love
Usually, people who develop a reading habit do so after reading a book compelling enough to get them hooked. It could be fiction, self-help, romance, autobiographical, murder mystery, or young adult. Think about what interests you and do your research on that genre. Read reviews and listen to recommendations. The type of books that will probably interest you most will be close to the kind of movies you love.
- Make a List
The more you read, the more you will look for new titles to consume after you finish the last one. Keep the momentum going by keeping a list of books you want to read next. It doesn’t hurt to buy them in advance.
- Join a Book Club
One of the best ways to get into the habit of reading is to surround yourself with people who love to read. Book clubs are great for fostering friendships, exchanging ideas, and discovering books outside your radar. Most importantly, a book club will help you read consistently.
If you’ve decided to devote more time to reading, then you need to reduce distractions such as the TV and Internet. It’s as simple as turning off your gadgets and keeping them out of sight and sound.
- Read to Your Kid
By reading to your children, you not only reinforce your habits, but you instill the value of reading to your kids. It’s the way to ensure your children grow up to love reading too. Depending on how old your kids are, take turns reading to each other.
- Commit to a Schedule
Set a time each day or week to devote to reading. It could be ten minutes to an hour. It could even be a commitment to finish one chapter each day. How much and how often you read it is entirely up to you. It may surprise you when a time comes when you have set a limit to how much you read because you’re so hooked.
Don’t be afraid to read books that weren’t written for your demographic. People read to get away from reality, immerse themselves in history, or get lost in the lives of others. There are no rules. Once you’ve found what you love, challenge yourself to try a new genre. You might develop an interest in something you least expected.
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