The habit of reading comes in handy no matter at what stage of life you are in. There are people who really want to read good books but lack the zeal or patience to get through one. Most of them don’t start early and find it difficult to pick up the habit at a later age. But we all want to read, don’t we? So where does one start, how does one get to it, how to actually begin! All such questions will be answered in this article today. Let’s have a look at some of the best book reading tips for beginners that will really help you read the book that you have been wanting to for a long time.
Now, let’s get started with some book reading tips for beginners that are actually helpful!
1. Start with short pieces
Newspaper articles are a good place to start. Essays help too. If novels seem too long to you, start with short stories, move to novellas (shorter novels), then finally a full-fledged classic. And if classics feel challenging then you can always go for a simplified version (abridged version).
2. Find your area of interest
Start from your area of interest, whatever it may be. Be it investment banking or fire-breathing dragons, you can find a book on almost any damn thing that you can imagine. If you are interested in the genre, then the book will definitely keep you hooked.
3. Familiar authors
Begin with familiar authors, ones that you had read in school and wanted to explore more but couldn’t. Be it Premchand or Leo Tolstoy, pick an author. You would already be aware of the writing style and reading it wouldn’t be that challenging.
4. Add audio to the picture
Read the book along with its audiobook. That way, you won’t get distracted, or rather would have no way to get distracted. Moreover, a voice guiding you through the text really makes reading the text a lot easier. Soon you will want to read the books without the audio since it gives you more freedom to imagine the voice of the characters or the author.
5. The smell of books
Before you start reading, take a sniff from the book. The smell is just intoxicating. Especially the smell of old books. It will act as a powerful motivator for you to keep reading.
6. Talk to avid readers
Talk to others, find out how they started. Don’t shy away from asking for recommendations. And don’t be afraid to try something new. You’ll be surprised at the number of ways in which a book can amaze you.
7. Avoid reading challenges!
Respect your pace. You need your own time to get through a book. Rushing things isn’t going to help anyone. Take your own time. This is one of the most important book reading tips for beginners that is often overlooked.
8. Pick fiction that has movie adaptations
Just imagine reading the Harry Potter novels and finding thousands of details that were skipped in the movies! Or reading Pride and Prejudice and finding it even more beautiful than the multiple movie adaptations. It really makes the entire reading process a lot more interesting and helps you engage with the text better. Also, it makes you believe that books can be a hundred times more interesting than movies.
9. Read aloud
It really helps. Reading aloud or mouthing while you read really helps you stick to the text.
10. Reading for pleasure
Reading is supposed to be productive, life-changing, pleasurable, and fun! Yes, fun. Don’t force yourself through a book that you don’t like. Try different things till you figure out what suits your taste. That doesn’t mean that you have to judge the book by its cover. Read a few pages to get the gist of it. It’s okay to not finish a book that you started reading.
Other miscellaneous tips: Good lighting, good posture, and your favourite drink can make a difference.
If you follow these book reading tips for beginners then in no time you’ll turn into a bibliophile. Reading books really gives you a new perspective on life. You should start now. Happy reading!