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How to Get Into Reading: A Bibliophile’s Edition

  • May 26, 2021

When words like “book'' or  “reading'' come to mind, the initial reaction might be to grimace. Many individuals wish they could indulge in a new book without growing bored or uninterested. Reading has become less and less prevalent in today’s society due to the mass amount of time we spend on technology and social media on a day-to-day basis. Instead of reading a book, watching the newest episode of a favorite sitcom or scrolling through Tik Tok may sound more appealing. But of course, there are ways to become an avid reader even for those who think they despise reading.

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For instance, finding a genre you are interested in is crucial when finding a book to enjoy. There are many genres to choose from such as fantasy, sci-fi, non-fiction, dystopian, or contemporary. It also helps to apply your interest in movies and shows to books. Finding a good book similar to a show or a movie you enjoy ensures that you most likely will not find that book boring since it’s a topic that interests you. 


Sometimes it may be hard to sit and read a book perpetually. Perhaps due to boredom or a short attention span, may result in you being disengaged to the story. Ways to prevent this from occurring while reading is by sitting in a quiet place without any distractions nearby. Having your electronics near you may result in you completely disregarding the book at some point and turning to your technological devices for entertainment. Music, specifically instrumental, eliminates distractions that can be caused by surrounding noises and it also allows the reader to associate the music to the book. Therefore, it is similar to watching a movie, but with fitting music playing in the background.   


Reading critically acclaimed books is an accommodating option. Since thousands of people also enjoyed that book, so there is a high chance you will too. Or resorting to books that are known to be fast-paced will help immensely with a slim chance of you growing bored or uninterested when conflict and intriguing events are occurring in every chapter. Good recommendations for fast-paced and critically acclaimed books are Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Caraval by Stephanie Garber, Legend by Marie Lu, and Divergent by Veronica Roth. 


Reading is essential and important in many ways. It improves your vocabulary, enhances your imagination, improves your brain’s connectivity, aids in lessening stress, increases comprehension skills, and allows you to develop more empathy. Although some individuals may have a harder time reading a book than others, it is possible and worth it at the end. It does take some slow-pacing, experimenting, and focus to help you adjust. 

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