I could have titled this post 5 super practical tips to develop a reading habit. But you and I are two different individuals, right? what worked for me may not work for you and vice versa. Also, it’s easy to preach than to follow. So let me just share my story with you and if you find something practical, go ahead and try it for yourself.
I didn’t have a regular reading habit until late 2017 though I call myself a Book Reviewer today. I was fond of books during my childhood days but eventually got busy with academics and totally forgot how to read a non-academic book. We had a huge library in our college but I seriously regret not making proper use of it back then. However, I used to read a lot of magazines from the college library. So somewhere that makes me happy. After college, I also had a membership in the municipal library in my native place. But that too did not make a consistent reader. Then when did reading get into my nerves?
It was all because of my blog. Yes, this blog ‘Bookshot’. I started my blog in March 2017 (the free version). All I wanted to do at that time was write stories. I started posting stories on my blog but was never satisfied with how it turned out every time. By the end of the year, I realized one great mistake I was doing until then. It was nothing but not reading good books, precisely not doing my homework as a writer. My first blogging lesson was ‘Only a good reader can become a good writer’. That’s how it started and afterwards, there was no looking back. Meanwhile, I also invested in a Kindle and that was the best investment I ever made in my life.
Now, in my case, I already had a love for reading. It is just that my blog became a reason to trigger the reader inside me. This may not be the case with everyone. So let me share with you some more tips that helped me in developing this habit. You too can try them if you find them interesting.
Write Book Reviews
Believe it or not, I finished my first novel with the sole intention of writing a book review on my blog. Writing Reviews gives me a goal or a reason to complete a book that I started reading. To make it interesting, you can also post your opinions about a book on social media. You never know, it can turn a reason for another person to start reading. Also, it makes the reading journey a little more interesting.
I never used Instagram actively until 2018. Then I learned about ‘Bookstagram’ which is basically a community of bookish accounts on Instagram by bibliophiles. That sounded interesting to me. Instagram is a creative platform especially for boosting a hobby or passion. Using hashtags, we can find other accounts of the same interest and be a part of that community. I have an exclusively Bookish Account on Instagram where I share my reviews and other bookish thoughts every now and then. It helps me stick to my habit. Let’s connect if you wish to.
Read Short Books
I am still not that person who can read books with great speed. Once I got a 600-page long book as a review copy, and it took me ages to finish that book. It was a good experience though. But, my comfort zone is still around 350- 400 pages. If you are a beginner, always go for short reads and improve your reading capacity gradually. It is very important to set realistic goals if you wish to achieve something in life. Reading short books really helped me stick to reading.
I used to do a lot of research before picking my books initially. Developing an interest in reading depends on the choice of books you make. Check for books in the area of your interest. I love to explore every genre because I am yet to find my favourite. I have mostly read romance, thrillers, mystery, and fantasy during these one and a half years. Planning to read some mythology re-tellings in the coming months. So do your research by checking reviews on Amazon, Goodreads or Blogs before picking any book.
Set Reading Goals
Set reading goals for yourself. Promise yourself to read a certain number of books in a year and try to achieve them. Try to set it according to your reading speed. Last year I had set a goal of 50 books and ended up reading only 36 books. But that’s ok, it helped me know my reading capacity for the year. This year my goal is to read 30 books, waiting to see if I could achieve that by the end of the year. Anything more will be a bonus and a win-win situation. You can also set monthly goals and try to achieve them as a beginner. Settings goals are very important to motivate yourself.
In this post, I have tried to give you some motivation to start a regular reading habit. Reading gets interesting when we have some goals attached to it. That goal can be anything you decide for yourself.
Wishing you all the best. Happy Reading !!
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Prompt: How to develop the habit of reading