Develop Better Reading Habits

I don’t like to read.

To be honest, we don’t hear this very much in the library. It might come from a reluctant youngster who has been dragged to the library to find a book, but mostly, people come here because they love to read.

But what if you want to enjoy reading, but just can’t seem to get into it?  There are a few things you can do to make reading more enjoyable, and less of a chore.

  1. Find a time to read that doesn’t interfere with anything else. What about reading in the car when you’re waiting for a child at hockey or ballet? Or keep a book in your bag and bring it with you when you’re standing in line at the license bureau or grocery store. Use these little bits of wasted time to read something you enjoy.
  2. Listen to books. Yes, audiobooks count as reading. Listen in the car on the way to work, during a workout, or on long trips. Make it a family thing by listening to a book you can all enjoy. Or why not listen to a book while you’re grocery shopping? It’ll make the whole experience go by much faster!
  3. Ask friends to recommend a book they think you’d like. Our friends know us best. Trust them, especially if it’s something you think sounds interesting. (If they are waxing poetic about the latest fantasy novel they just finished, and you can’t stand anything to do with magic or mythical creatures, be honest and let them know it’s probably not for you.)
  4. Watch the movie, read the book. Sometimes, we can really get into a book if we loved the movie, and usually, the books are better.
  5. Join a book club that involves food. Okay, let’s be honest….most of us will do almost anything if there is food involved. If the thought of joining a book club sounds like torture, make sure it includes people with similar interests, and those of your own age. Then, suggest a snack or a fun food option that meshes with the book. Reading and chatting about a book is more fun if it seems casual enough to add food.

These are just a few ways to get started reading more. If you have any other suggestions for those who feel it is a chore, leave the ideas in the comments. We’d love to hear them!

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