Reading books is a great way to increase your knowledge and explore new worlds. Books will also help you expand your vocabulary and improve your writing skills, which in turn can lead to more job opportunities. Books are an excellent resource for self-help advice too! But sometimes, it’s hard to find the motivation to read – so we’ve compiled some tips that might help you get motivated soon.
First and foremost, find a book that looks interesting to you. Don’t try to read something just because someone tells you it’s a great book – if the topic or genre doesn’t interest you, it’ll be challenging to get through. Browse your local library or bookstore, or check out reviews online to find books that appeal to you.
It’s not easy
Even if you love books, buy books, and collect heaps of books on your bookshelf, it doesn’t automatically mean that you have an easy time grabbing a book, sitting down, and starting to read. To some people, it’s challenging to get started and to keep going without abandoning the book. Developing a habit of reading is like training a muscle. It’s fine if you want to start off with small books. Finishing even small books can help you to get a feeling of accomplishment after you’re done, and this might help you go for the next, and maybe even a bigger book.
Face the challenge
Once you’ve found a book that looks interesting, set some simple goals for yourself. Don’t try to read War and Peace in one sitting – start out by setting a goal for reading for maybe 30 minutes each day, or even just five pages. Once you’ve reached your goal, increase it the next day. This gradual increase will help keep you motivated and make reading more enjoyable.
- Prepare for your reading session by getting rid of distractions and sources of disruption.
- Read a book while drinking coffee, tea, or another beverage of your choice.
- Get your family and friends involved in reading books with you – make it fun.
- Set a time to read aside every day, even if it’s only for 10 minutes.
- Find new books by browsing the internet or at your local library.
- Make sure you have plenty of comfortable seating to get lost in your reading adventures.
- Take notes on what you’re reading and share them with others – learn from other people’s experiences.
Another way to find the motivation to read is to join a book club. This will give you someone to discuss the book with and provide some accountability – you won’t want to let your friends down by not showing up for the next meeting.
Going digital is also an option
If you’re not a person that enjoys the sensation of paper in your hands, you can also go for ebook readers, your smartphone, or simply read on your computer. There are interesting indie stories out there that you can read into, or you can check out the classics for free on platforms like Project Gutenberg, or you can buy ebooks.
What I like about ebook reader devices is that you can store a vast number of books in digital storage and the battery lasts for weeks. Ages ago I bought a Kindle from Amazon and it’s still working. Of course, you can pick another brand, but it’s nice how Amazon ties in their services into their devices as well. Just make sure you get one that also reads standard formats like EPUB (IDPF), FictionBook, HTML, or PDF.
Finally, try setting aside some time for reading each day. Even if you can only squeeze in ten minutes before bed, it’ll still give your mind time to digest what you’ve read and prepare for the next day’s session. You can also try to set a daily reminder on your smartphone or smart home assistant as an extra nudge.
Just like watching movies or playing video games, reading is a fantastic way to expand your knowledge and explore new worlds, and it has many benefits for your career. Use the tips in this article to find the motivation to read more books, whether you’re joining a book club or setting aside time each day. Don’t forget to have fun as well. Learning from books is great, but it’s also nice to read fiction from time to time. I wish you loads of fun for your next reading session.
If you want, you can also check out the video below by Hailey Leblanc from the YouTube channel Hailey in Bookland, and you might learn even more tips to reading more.
YouTube: 10 Tips to Help You Read More! (For Lazy People)
Photo credit: The feature image has been done by Dan Moga.