The great thing about loving to read is it’s never too late to start. Even if a person doesn’t like reading at primary school level, it’s still possible they could like reading at a later age. All it takes is a little patience and willingness to find the right book. I would recommend to anyone who wants to get into reading to start small. Find a book that’s not too big, has preferably short chapters with cliff hanger endings and a plot that will make you want to keep reading for more. Once people take the time to read, it can make a huge difference to their daily lives.
It can be difficult to find the right book but here are a few tips that might help you (and remember if you don’t like the book just put it down and choose another).
1. Ask a friend
I have surveyed a lot of students in this school about their reading habits. Most say they choose their books from friend’s recommendations. So the first thing you should do is to ask your friend what she’s reading. Who knows you might like the same book and you’ll get to chat about it too.
2. Browse in a bookshop/library
This is the time tested old fashioned way of finding a book. Most bookshops and libraries will have young adult or teen sections that you can go to directly. The wonderful thing about browsing in a book shop/library is that you can actually look at the physical book, read the blurb, check the cover and see if you’d like to read the book.
3. Check for recommendations online
There is an abundance of websites from blogs and reviews to free e-books. Here’s a list of some of the websites that might whet your appetite for reading.
4. Think about the things you like in life
Are you more of a romantic or do you like action and adventure? Your personality and what you value in life might actually influence what you like to read. If you like adventure and excitement, exiting books might be your thing. If you are poetic, then you could consider romance. There is such an eclectic mix of books out there, that no matter what your tastes in life are, it’s safe to say there’s a book for everyone.
5. Broaden your horizons
Do you find you’re reading the same genre of book all the time? That’s understandable if you do, if you read one type of book and like it, it’s likely you’ll like the same kind. Yet there are so many books out there and you never know you could surprise yourself. For instance, I’ve always hated horror movies and so never went for horror books. Until one day I decided to read Dracula and absolutely loved it, as I have loved any other gothic horror novel I have read since then.
6. Go against the grain
Books become popular for a lot of reasons. Perhaps a really good movie came out, or it’s part of a series. It’s great to read popular books but it’s also good to read something different. You never know what you might learn from it. What’s not popular now, might be a classic in the future. As Haruki Murakami said “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking”.
7. Challenge yourself
If you find that some books bore you, it might be time to consider reading a longer or more challenging book. If it’s too challenging, you’ll find out soon enough. You can just put it down and choose another. But if you do manage to read it all, you’ll get to enjoy that wonderful sense of accomplishment when you finish the book.