I’ve never really been a big reader, my sister always used to be the book worm that would get through hundreds of books on holidays but I’ just do puzzle books and listen to music. I’d always say I ‘couldn’t’ read because I was so slow compared to her and my mum, but in all honesty, I had just never practiced.
The reason I started trying to read more books is a bit ridiculous actually…But I have this goal of having a wall in my future house that is covered head to toe with books. But how can I have a book shelf like that if I don’t even read!? So I thought I better start
When I started reading I just took recommendations from my mum and read books that I found round the house! I think the first book I ever read that I REALLY enjoyed was either Bridget Jones Diary, or Amy Winehouse’s biography and it made me realise that reading actually can be quite enjoyable.
My tips for starting to read:
- Read ‘easy’ books. Books that have easy sentences, are pretty colloquial (If you’re a girl, I’d start with Everything I know about Love by Dolly Alderton)
- Choose a book that is around 300 pages, anything more can look quite daunting
- Set yourself a target of reading 10 pages a day before you go to bed, try to make it a habit
- If you’re not enjoying the book, put it down and try another one
I think the last point is really important. If you’re not enjoying a book, don’t read it! Especially if you’re new to reading because why spend a month reading a book that you’re not enjoying. Instead, try a different book and try to find a genre you enjoy – I think my favourites are memoirs and self development books.
What are your tips for getting into reading? And what’s your favourite genre of books?
Thanks for reading, Chloe x