When it comes to reading books, I am always ahead of time, I am a fast reader and I tend to binge onto multiple books all at once. But then there are quite a lot of people around me that tend to have troubles prioritizing their reading time (race against time phrase) in the little 24 hours we have in a day. Recently, I have been receiving a number of message requests on Instagram (Bookstagram as we call it) asking queries on book recommends, how to read, what to do, how to prioritize reading, what kind of reading to consider, so and so forth!
Hence, I decided to create a quick tips and tricks guide for all those newbie readers who intend to hone their reading skills.
Find ‘em below!
#1 Create a realistic reading goal.
Don’t go for 100 books in a year. I don’t do that either. Start small. Maybe 12 books a year is the right thing to do – in a way you get to read 1 book each month and if you are a fast reader, you can pace it out and add more to the list.
I am a sucker for Goodreads and I always tend to set my reading goal on their reading challenge bar. This is where you can set your reading goal.
P.S.: Don’t be intimidated by those friends who have a 60/100/120 reading challenge number. Remember, reading isn’t a competition. It is just (just in case meaning) a beautiful community filled with infinite fandoms, abundant fictional friends, and way too many worlds to delve in!
#2 Set a time for reading!
This may not be a great option for all. But I strongly recommend people to set an hour of reading each day. Not only does it reduce your stress levels but also, in turn, helps you hone your vocabulary! DUAL-BOOST? BINGO!
I dabble in reading for at the least 4 to 5 hours each day. It’s my job to do so. You don’t need to start with such a huge number. Maybe spare 20 minutes each day and add 10 minutes to your ‘set time’ each week.
#3 When to read!
We all have a different and specific time of the day when we love (fall in love synonym) to read. I am an insomniac and I intend to indulge in reading prior to bed-time. YASS! I DO READ PAST MY BED-TIME! I also try audio-books whilst commuting to work or read e-books on my Kindle or my Mobile phone when on a travel or a trip.
Again, this depends completely on you! If you get 3 hours of travel each day, why not spend an hour of it reading a book? Sounds good? Okay? Okay! Let’s move to the next step now!
#4 Reading Nooks are my go-to!
I am a clumsy person when it comes to choosing my own reading space. It could be my living room, a lakeside, the outdoors, the bed, the backyard – but mostly my BEDROOM (Only because that’s where all my books are!) It could as well be your most favourite couch, a space you love to sit comfortably at, a chair, on a rug, a bean bag, hanging upside down a tree, flying mid-air! JUST ABOUT ANYTHING (Umm. Not the last two, but yeah, you get the point!)
#5 When in doubt, head to the library!
I personally haven’t spent enough time in the library but if you are looking for recommendations and wish to spend more time flipping through the pages of magic-induced books, then the library is the place to be.
Get yourself a library card, register, and you are good to go. Don’t have a local library in your area? Find one online! The internet is an amazing source and only the ones good at seeking may find their mate!
#6 Cheap Thrills!
What’s better than helping a local business grow? Adopting a used book and giving it a new home! If you are in the Mumbai area, you will find countless used bookstores/ second-hand bookstores and local bookshops that offer amazing discounts on paperbacks and hardcovers.
#7 Adapt, Improvise, READ!
Like I mentioned in #3, I prefer reading audio-books, e-books on my phone, as well as physical paperbacks and hardcovers. That’s what you need to be open to. If you do not have an option to be book-bosomed (carry a book wherever you go), then you can resort to your digital library.
#8 Books over Movies!
Know a book that has a movie adaptation or a TV series coming up? Don’t wait! Read the book first, there is so much in the book that gets whittled out when a movie is made. A movie may not entirely cast the characters as mentioned in the book, may not portray the entire plot, or may not even have the slightest resemblance to the climax the book provides.
In short, there is a lot that you MISS when you skip reading the book that inspired a movie!
#9 Don’t be afraid to quit a book!
There are two kinds of people in the world. One who say “Okay, I’m going to shut this book and never look at it again” and another who with tears in their eyes ‘read through a book, are compelled to read, only and only, out of guilt!’ NO! Don’t do that. It is not necessary for you to read a book entirely just because you picked it up and feel too bad to leave it half way. Sometimes the plot isn’t as promising as the cover and the summary mentioned on the back cover and it is totally okay for one to leave it behind and start with another fresh read!
Never ever be afraid to explore a new genre. When I first started reading, I was stuck to literary fiction and contemporary. I recently started taking interest in YA (Young Adult) and it has been by far the most amazing experience. I am still a tad bit too picky when it comes to historical fiction, but then, that’s me!
EXPLORE and you shall find the book of your kind (Well, that kinda rhymed, didn’t it?) Is that a cue for you to even read poems sometimes?
Well, I’ll just leave you here, thinking.
OH BY THE WAY, share your quick tips and tricks to reading like a pro in the comments below. Adding 10 more to mine will only and only help readers like us all!
Happy reading everyone 🙂