One of the main questions I get, whether it be through Pinterest DM’s, the contact form on my blog, or messages on Goodreads, is how do I get into reading? How does one learn to love it? So, that's just what we are going to be talking about today! I am going to be giving you 5 tips on how to make reading a habit, and a habit that you love.
Let's get into it…
1) Create a reading list
2) Set a goal
3) Eliminate distractions
4) Carry a book everywhere
5) Know when to quit
1) 𝓒𝓻𝓮𝓪𝓽𝓮 𝓐 𝓡𝓮𝓪𝓭𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓛𝓲𝓼𝓽
The main issue that I ran into when getting into reading was that I always got bored of the books I was reading, I could never finish a book. I fixed this issue by finding books that really intrigued me. For me, that was any book in the fantasy or science-fiction genre. However, for you, it might be something different. This article from bookwritten.com has some fantastic book recommendations for beginners, and books that help form a reading habit.
2) 𝓢𝓮𝓽 𝓐 𝓖𝓸𝓪𝓵
It is human nature to want to achieve things, especially if we set those goals for ourselves. So, take advantage of that! Set goals for yourself that involve reading. Those goals could be anything from wanting to read 20 books by the end of the year or just simply reading for 20 minutes every day. However, beware of unrealistic goals. If you set a goal that is too out of reach (say, 100 books by the end of the year.) you will inevitably not meet that goal and feel discouraged. Make sure your goal is reachable and realistic for your lifestyle and remember that goals can be changed, or you can make new goals as you meet previous ones.
3) 𝓔𝓵𝓲𝓶𝓲𝓷𝓪𝓽𝓮 𝓓𝓲𝓼𝓽𝓻𝓪𝓬𝓽𝓲𝓸𝓷𝓼
Picture this, you're about to sit down with a good book and read for 20 minutes. Just then, your phone dings telling you your favorite content creator just uploaded. You end up binging on not only their content but other people's content and next thing you know, 30 minutes have passed, and you no longer have time to read. It has happened to the best of us. To avoid this, put your phone away or put it on do not disturb, Pop some earbuds in if you have loud family members or roommates. You can also read outside, at a park, or your own backyard for some peace and quiet while you read.
4) 𝓒𝓪𝓻𝓻𝔂 𝓪 𝓑𝓸𝓸𝓴 𝓔𝓿𝓮𝓻𝔂𝔀𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓮
I cannot emphasize this enough but carrying a book everywhere is a game-changer. Bring it in your bag when going out to dinner or going to school. Throw it (gently) into your purse when heading to the car, public transportation or school bus. However, if you are the driver please do not read, that is a safety hazard. Carrying a book everywhere will encourage you to read and if you have a book, you are really enjoying you might already want to read it 24/7.
5) 𝓚𝓷𝓸𝔀 𝓦𝓱𝓮𝓷 𝓣𝓸 𝓠𝓾𝓲𝓽
It is totally okay to DNF (Do not finish/did not finish) a book if you aren’t enjoying it! Reading books you don’t like or don’t vibe with and forcing yourself to finish a book is only going to make you dislike reading or associate the habit with annoyance. It is totally normal to not like every book you read, so just stop reading and pick up another book.
Alright, folks, that wraps up today's post. Thank you so much for reading and comment some other tips you know of :)
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