One of the many goals which we want to achieve in life, developing a reading habit should be one. It may seem tough at first but with time and practice, everyone can achieve it. While some have mastered it, others might be struggling to be consistent with it. Many of us have tried reading at some point of time and failed to keep at it consistently. This may happen for a number of reasons but none of them mean that we can’t start with it again and give it a try. One of the most common ways in which people start reading is starting with a list of “Good books to start reading with”. The internet is flooded with such lists and many people have shared their suggestions. A book which has some literary value, is easy and engaging is a great choice to start with.
According to many bloggers and writers the following list of books can help someone who has been trying to start reading for a long time.
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
- The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
- The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
While it may work for some, others may not find it helpful. One of the common things which we fail to notice is the fact that most of us can’t bring ourselves to sit down with a book. This may be due to lack of time. In the middle of a busy day we fail to make time for reading. External factors like a proper surrounding can also be the reason for us getting distracted and impatient. So for people who can relate with these, a few suggestions can work.
Firstly, set a separate time for reading. Look at your schedule and take out a time which may be ideal for starting a new activity. Setting aside a specific time of the day for reading will help you focus more and be attentive.
Second, create a good reading atmosphere. Clean your surroundings and declutter everything around you. Attention depends a lot on external factors and an unkept background can often make you inattentive and disturbed.
Third, make a reading list. Write down all the books which you want to read next and keep ticking them off once you’re done. This will be like a to-do list and will motivate you to read. You can also take up reading challenges like ‘Ten books in a year’ or ‘One book a month’. Remember to start small and go one step at a time.
Fourth, start reading with a friend. Select a book and make plans to discuss with your friend once you complete it. You can also start talking about it among yourselves and discuss about what may happen next. This will definitely make you finish the book and also speed up your pace.
Fifth, be consistent. Make it a point to read every day. Even a small 15 minute would do. Once you skip a day it will become a habit and you’ll start repeating it. The same goes for the opposite. Once reading everyday becomes a habit you have developed the habit of reading quite well. So happy reading!