Reading is one of the best ways to improve your life, but it’s also one of the most challenging habits to form. Why? If reading is supposed to be so great, why do most people find it hard to start? And even if they do begin reading regularly, why do studies show that many people read less as they get older?
Reading is a way to gain more knowledge, and it’s one of the most enjoyable hobbies an individual can take part in. It helps you become a more well-rounded person, offers new insights into topics you never thought about before, and allows you to make connections faster. You can learn everything from history to marketing to public speaking, all while relaxing on the couch with a cup of tea.
Reading books is one of the most powerful and effective ways to learn, increase your knowledge, enhance your vocabulary, and discover new topics. The average American reads around two books per year, though many fail to read even one book in an entire year.
Why it’s hard to start reading?
If you’re just starting out, reading will seem hard. You’ll be intimidated by the sheer size of the task. It’s hard to just sit down and start doing it because you’re worried about how long it will take you to do it.
When it comes to learning anything new, there are two main reasons why it’s hard to get started. One is that you don’t know where to start, and the second is that you don’t know how to start.
It’s hard to start reading because there are too many choices. You have to decide if you want to read fiction or non-fiction, you have to decide what topic you want to read about, and you have to decide what medium you want to read in (e.g., physical books, e-books)
If you’re like most people, you probably feel like you don’t have enough time to read. The good news is that reading doesn’t take as much of your time as you might think.
The reason people don’t start reading is that they’re intimidated by books. They’re intimidated by the size of the book, and they’re intimidated by the number of pages.
You don’t need to finish a book that you started reading.
The first step is to get rid of the idea that you need to read a book cover to cover. For many people, reading a whole book feels like a daunting task. Don’t force yourself to finish a book that you’re not enjoying. If you don’t like the book, you won’t enjoy it no matter how good it is. It’s better to pick up another book that will be more interesting to you. Please don’t feel bad about putting it down and moving on to something else.
The best way to get into reading is just to start.
You don’t need to read War and Peace all in one go. You can start with a book that’s only 100 pages long. The important thing is that you just start reading. Start with something that seems interesting to you. If you’re not enjoying it, then pick something else. There’s no rule that says you have to finish every single book you start. Read a few pages a day, and before you know it, you’ll have a book under your belt.
Start reading for pleasure and not for work.
I used to only read business books and tech books, but I’ve realized that reading fiction and non-fiction books can be just as helpful. You can learn a lot from reading about other people’s experiences and how they overcame certain challenges. It’s important to read books for pleasure, not just for work.
Not only will this help you to relax and recharge, but it will also help you to develop a broader perspective on the world and a deeper appreciation for how other people experience life.
Try to read one book a week and get more out of it.
I try to read one book a week. You can learn so much from other people’s stories and struggles. I think it’s important to read books by people who are smarter than you because it’s humbling, and you’ll realize how much you don’t know.
You don’t have to read it cover to cover but try to read one book a week. It can be anything from fiction to non-fiction, the latest self-help book on productivity, but try to set aside time each week to read something new.
Join a reading group and find out what others are reading.
If you’re not sure where to start, then join a reading group with other creatives in your area. You can even create your own if you don’t have any luck finding one in your area.
By getting together with other people who are interested in similar topics, you can share your thoughts on the books you’ve read and hear what others have to say.
Get recommendations for your personal reading list. You can then start recommending books to your friends, which will lead to interesting discussions about the books you’ve read.
Consider going to a library that offers free access.
I’m a big fan of libraries. I grew up in an area that didn’t have a lot of money, and we didn’t have a lot of books at home, but we did have access to the library. I love libraries, and I love how they aren’t biased towards what you can afford.
Libraries are great places to find books on topics that interest you. When you find something that you like, keep it and read it. Then, when you’re done with it, bring it back and get another one. It’s an easy way to read for free.
Many libraries also have a lot of e-books and audiobooks available on their sites which you can access for free with a library card.