While most people intend to read more or vow to finish the novel that’s in their bedside draw, very few people do. Reading a bit of fiction should be relaxing, enjoyable and hopefully educational too. So if you’re wanting to get reading again… Please read on.
1.Persevering with a book can be hard. Make sure you give a novel a decent chance, but if you’re still struggling after 50 pages just put it down and find something else. Reading is supposed to be enjoyable and if you’re not having fun then move on. (Finding an author who writes how you like to read is important.)
2.Join a book club – most libraries have them – or join a virtual book club. My favourite book clubs can be found on Facebook where people from all over the world share what they’re reading (I would recommend Facebook Book Club, Silent Book Club or my personal favourite, Online NZ Book Club). Asking for their opinions on books and authors, or even just discussing your favourite book can be so beneficial as it broadens your book and author awareness. Need convincing? Watch The Jane Austen Book Club or Book Club!
3.Sometimes it’s easier to find your favourite author rather than your favourite book. Once you find one you’ll have a selection of books to look out for, and similar authors’ work too. My favourite author at the moment is Tim Weaver who writes thrillers. Thankfully he has 10 novels in his David Raker mystery series, so I’m set for a while.
4.Not having enough money is no reason not to read. Go to charity shops to find new books! You don’t need to spend $25 as you can pick one up for as little as $1 in a second-hand shop. (You may even find your true love’s phone number in an old book if it’s anything like Serendipity.)
Public libraries are free so there is 100% no reason not to join up and borrow books. (You may bump into your soul mate, just like in The Time Traveler’s Wife!)
Another idea is a book exchange between your friends or at work: When you all finish with a book, swap with someone else.
5.Read on the go. You might not be blessed with a Kindle, but that’s no reason not to read outside of home. Simply choose a lighter paperback book to keep in your bag and you’ll likely find yourself reading rather than scrolling aimlessly on Facebook on the bus, at the beach or during your lunch break.
One of the best things about reading is that you will have something to chat about with friends and colleagues – even if they’re not avid readers themselves.
I also find that reading a novel that’s high in drama and scandal makes my life more interesting because I end up concerning myself with the characters’ problems rather than daydreaming about nothing in particular.
So get reading!