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Tips to Getting Into Reading

September 1, 2014

There shouldn’t be a surprised when I tell you that reading is one of my favourite hobbies and interest. I mean, take a look at my (impressive) Goodreads page!

I fancy people that read, even those that I don’t share the same genre of interest with. I find it a bit of a turn off when I ask guys if they read or not – I don’t care if he reads sports magazine or the daily Metro newspaper, as long as you’re reading something, I’m happy, but if you flat out say “I hate reading. I haven’t read a book since high school”… well, sir, we’re not going to be good friends!

Whenever I express my love for reading, the most common response is, “I wish I can get into reading…”

Today, my good friends, today I’m here to share with you some tips in getting into reading. Or, back into reading (which was my case a few years back).

Find your genre
It’s a no brainer that you’re not going to enjoy reading if you’re not enjoying what you read. I love everything from biographies to cultural studies to post-apocalyptic novels. However, you probably won’t catch me reading about the Cold War, or a romantic novel set in the 1800s.

Reflect on your previous reading habits and make a list of the type of genres you enjoy reading! Goodreads makes a list of recommendation based on the books you’ve read and want to read in the future – it’s an awesome feature!

Start off lightly
To get into reading doesn’t mean you need to borrow 5 novels from your local library. Start with a small novel from one of your favourite genres. A “quick read” as some bookworms may call it. A novel with 300 pages, not 500, 700, or 900 pages.

Create a reading session
Schedule a reading period for however long you like. This can depend on your schedule – perhaps, instead of listening to your iPod during your morning commute, try reading a few pages. Whip out your book during your lunch break. Or instead of a TV-binge, replace 30 minutes of your day with a book instead. I like to read a chapter before going to bed.

Find somewhere comfortable
This can also mean brewing a cup of tea and snuggling with your blanket if you prefer. Find yourself a nice spot in your house like the corner of the couch, in your study room, etc. etc. A bed works fine too but be wary of drifting off to sleep much, much easier than usual.

Consider an e-reader
This option may not be popular with some of you guys, but for me, I started picking up my reading habit again after purchasing a Kobo e-reader. I switch from paperback/hardcover to my e-reader from time to time but since switching things to electronically has increased my reading habits tremendously. For a guide in e-reading, check this out.

Find a community
If you fancy a book club, go right ahead but that’s not my cup of tea. To “be” in a community is great because you get to see what other people are reading and what they need to say about the latest read. Goodreads is the best online community and I’ve found a bunch of great books that were recommended me through the site and through my friends and communities. A lot of bloggers are on Goodreads and on my friends list.


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