How to Cultivate Your Reading Habit

A lot of people I know say they don’t like to read. They would rather be doing supposedly fun things like watching movies or playing games. Reading is an important aspect of life and more importantly, its fun. Someone once said, “If you want to hide something from an African, put it in a book.” Imagine that!

I asked some people why they don’t read and they said:

a. They’ve found that the books they’ve read are boring,

b. They find books to be too long,

c. Books are too time-consuming, among others.

One thing I’d like to point out is that reading can literally make you. All your faves read books: Barack Obama, Bill Gates… The most successful people have a habit of reading books.

Do you want to be successful? You need to read. To help with this, I’m going to give you some tips.

Why should you trust my tips? I have over 15 years of experience reading books and about a year’s experience of reading in high-pressure situations. I have recommended books to over twenty people who have loved my recommendations and I have provided useful book reading advice. (LOL! This is a big fat joke.)

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on. How can you read better?

You can use these tips.

1. Read reviews: Reading reviews will help you. Not only does the writer state the pros and cons of the book, they do so without giving spoilers. You’ll be able to narrow down your To Be Read (TBR) list. Read reviews, boo.

2. Quit while you’re ahead: Nobody likes reading a book they don’t find interesting. If you’re reading a book and you find that you’re up to about three to four chapters in and you’re not feeling it, put it down, my dear and move on to the next. Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

3. Try audiobooks: Seriously, these are absolutely amazing. Audiobooks are literally books read out loud. They are much easier to keep track of. Be careful though, your mind must be unoccupied when you listen to an audiobook or you could get totally lost.

4. Read in transit: Most of us are too busy to find special time to read books. If you’re a Lagosian, you’d be surprised at how long you spend in traffic. If you don’t drive, you can spend that time making progress on your current read. You’d be surprised at how effective it will be.

5. Read paperbacks: If you can, buy only paperbacks. By paperbacks, I mean hard copies of books. Soft copies make you easily distracted. If you read on your phone or on your tablet, you’ll be easily distracted. Your mind will keep seizing on the things you could be doing. The people you could be texting, the tweets you could be viewing, the pictures. Save yourself all that stress and just buy the paperback. It’s better.

6. Join a book club: If efficient, a book club should inspire you to read. Books are assigned each week or month and when the time has elapsed, there is a book discussion. After that, a new book is chosen. Even if you don’t read all the books, you can be sure that you’ll always benefit from the discussion. It’ll be as if you read the book; It will also inspire you to join future book readings.

7. Always carry a book: This is a no-brainer. You can’t read if a book isn’t with you. Find every available time to read.

8. Keep track of the books you read: Goodreads helps with this. It helps you set targets for each year and keeps track of the books you’ve read. Try it.

Did any of these tips help you? What tips do you use? Have you tried any new ways that worked for you? Share them with me in the comments section below.


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