“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
― Dr. Seuss
For as long as I can remember I’ve been a bookworm and a reader. One thing you can find for sure in my handbag is a book. I never walk out of the house without my best friends, aka, my books. A lot of people ask me how I manage to read so much despite my (seemingly) busy schedule and hectic life
(Side note: It’s a hoax but that’s a topic for another day)
So here are a few suggestions/tips that might help you read more. Rather they’ll help you become a better reader.
1. Read consistently and set a daily goal if possible.
Before March 2020, I used to crib about how I’m not able to read as much as I want to. The pandemic opened up m my schedule as well as my mind. It gave me an easy way out of my dilemma to read more. I’m an organized person, a planner so to say. So I brought this aspect of my personality into my reading as well. I decided to set up daily targets i.e. to read a specific number of pages every single day. Lo and behold, one and a half years down the line, I’ve read over 200+ books already. All I can say is, if it worked for me, it’ll definitely work for you. So go ahead and set a daily reading goal.
2. Read critically
Yes, I know reading is a hobby; a relaxing activity per se, for most of us. But hear me out, okay? By reading critically I meant, read with an open mind, without being judgmental or jumping to conclusions. This will help you absorb whatever you’re reading, better. Also, focus on what the reading makes you feel. This generally helps you understand your preferences as a reader and then maybe you can stick to reading similar works. The result? You end up reading more!
3. Work on your post-reading experience
For years I used to believe that reading is an isolated activity. Oh! I could not have been more wrong. Irrespective of what we all believe, there are hundreds, thousands, maybe even millions out there who resonate with our reading experience. So, share this and let the magic of a community engulf you. As you feel heard and accepted, you’ll be motivated to read more and more. It’s a true win-win.
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