How many times have you heard people talk about an interesting book that they read, or listened to, and you’ve thought, “Gosh, I wish I had more time to read,” or even, “I wish I liked reading.”
One way to counter both scenarios is to make reading fun for yourself. (A point which is especially necessary at University when reading is the thing that you do – a lot!)
What’s the Best Way For You to Read?
Everyone is different, therefore everyone has a different way they prefer to read. Today, there is such a variety of ways that you can consume books – whether you listen to ebooks, use a kindle or a paperback – but which one works for you?
If you spend long hours in your car, you could consider listening to an ebook. Or maybe you enjoy reading but books are a bit out of your current funds, then you can read books online using your phone, a tablet or even your laptop.
Once you’ve found the best method for you, one that it fun and convenient, that will start you on the road to make reading fun.
Find a Book That You’re Actually Interested In
Have you ever had a friend or family member recommend a book to you only for you to not enjoy it? Either the plot didn’t grip you or you just couldn’t get past the first chapter. And having to force yourself through the book just doesn’t make reading fun for you. There’s nothing wrong with you, nor is there something wrong with the book.
That’s why there are hundreds of genres out there, waiting for you to choose one. If you don’t know what type of book you prefer maybe explore a few options and, hey, you might stumble upon your all-time favourite book.
Make Time to Read
We all have lives to lead – some busier than others. But what will really make reading fun is if you make time for it. It’s just like most things in life, something will come of it if you make time for it. Try starting out with only 10 minutes in a day – in the morning, evening or during the day – and just read. If 10 minutes doesn’t feel like enough time, then make it 20 or 30 minutes. If it’s too much time, then maybe spend 5 minutes reading. It’s all up to you.
Once you have cultivated the habit of reading for pleasure, reading to learn won’t be as big a deal.
Some recommendations on making the switch from recreational reading to focused learning include:
- Set aside scheduled time to read
- Ensure a quiet and comfortable space that allows you to focus
- Monitor yourself; stop and ask yourself questions along the way to make sure you’re absorbing the information you’re reading
- Take notes – brief ones – to keep your mind on track
There’s no right or wrong way to go about reading. Whatever works for you and your lifestyle is the best way for you.
Hopefully, these tips will aid you on your journey to make reading enjoyable.