I feel that the common culture behind reading a good book is that you must "get lost in the book". There's this notion that if you like the book, you will spend consecutive hours reading it and you will bulldoze through 500 pages in no time. Y'all..THAT AINT ME!
Well this is embarrassing , someone who writes a blog yet hates reading. However I am proud to say that is a past me my friend. Today I love reading!
The change is a rather recent one. Literally two years ago I still hated reading. I always related reading to the boring books I was told to read from elementary school through university. I couldn’t fathom the idea of “reading for fun”. And when I did try to read some fiction for fun, I found myself checking the clock every few minutes or flipping through the pages to see how much I had left.
Solutions? I realized I was in the wrong genre. For me, fiction was not my thing. I just couldn’t get in to any story no matter how popular (please don’t close this post out of pity or disdain!).
Then one day my dad gave me a book called Daring Greatly by Brené Brown. I read a few pages, put it down and did not hate the experience. Success!! Which brings me to my first tip:
- Go at your OWN pace
I feel that the common culture behind reading a good book is that you must “get lost in the book”. There’s this notion that if you like the book, you will spend consecutive hours reading it and you will bulldoze through 500 pages in no time. Y’all..THAT AINT ME! I just can’t do that. Granted, it depends on the book just how long I will read in one setting, but I’ve decided to not put pressure on myself to finish quickly or to even finish at all. Read as often or as little as you like. Once a day, week, month, I found that I always picked up the book Daring Greatly at the right time and read exactly what I needed for that day. It kind of freaked me out a bit! Once I realized there was no race and that my timing was the perfect timing, I stopped giving myself crap about being a slow reader and just allowed myself to enjoy the book as I pleased.
2. Read ACTION books
Action books, as in books that call you to take action. For me, self help books like I Can Make You Confident: The Power to Go for Anything You Want! by Paul McKenna is a perfect example of an action book. Throughout the book challenges, tasks, and practical in-the-moment applications pop up. When I get ready to read a book like this one, I am excited to find out what the next challenge is. I look forward to the progress and it feels I am getting something of immediate value with each reading. Maybe self-help books aren’t your thing but perhaps a book on a skill you want to develop or an old hobby/passion of yours will do the trick. If you love dance, maybe a biography of your favorite dancer will leave you inspired and ready to take action. I believe inspiration is the key point here, an “action” book is any book that leaves you inspired and wanted to DO something about it.
3. Listen the your books
I’m not going to lie, while I have increased the number of hard-copy books I’ve read tremendously with the above tips, the majority of my book reading is done via audio. I love audio books! Not only can I get through content twice as fast, but I can often multitask (drive, exercise, clean, eat, etc.) while still “reading” and gaining valuable knowledge.
Nowadays I can’t imagine my life without reading! Letting your dislike for the act of reading can and will hinder your personal growth greatly. I am a different person because of the books I have read.
I hope these tips help you even just a little with changing that reading hate into love! Comment below and tell me if you are using any of the above tips or share your own tips/story!