I have friends who hate reading, while I am an avid bookworm. Luckily my best friend and I share the same fervent love of reading, and actually find interest in the same books. Since reading is a great way to increase mental clarity and is a perfect relaxation tool, it surprises me that there are adults who choose not to read. Not read? How can that be? Whether you hate to read and would like to become more involved in incorporating reading into your life, or you love to read but can’t find the time, I hope these tips work for you.
If you don’t enjoy reading, stop looking at books like boring novels that tell a story you don’t care about. If you like motorcycles, there are books on the history of motorcycles, books with pictures and origins of motorcycles, books about famous people who ride motorcycles. What I’m getting at is that not all books are boring romance novels. You can actually find a book about just about anything that can keep your interest. The best way to take an active interest in reading is to get out of the mindset that a book has to be the variety they made you read in high school. You can read a book about the greatest pinups of World War II if you want to (and I own one of those books- very entertaining). Whatever piques your interest.
You can get a book about anything, and you are not limited to just what you do or know about. The great thing about books is that you can read about anything you want. Since I love to read I’ll read anything from pinup history to a sappy romance, western flowers to dog breeds, but I don’t limit myself to even my basic interests. Even a book on Mayan history can catch your interest if you give it a shot.
For those of us who can’t find the time to read, take a look at how often you watch TV. With the average American consuming 2 hours of TV a day, it seems completely ridiculous that we can’t find a half hour to pull out a good read. I watch TV and read at the same time, and can somehow follow my favorite sitcom and follow my book’s storyline without losing grasp on either. Sometimes even just having the TV on in the background encourages good reading. If you’re like me and can’t read in silence, leave the TV on its regular shows you watch and try pulling out your book. You may be surprised you DO have time to successfully read.
Reading before bed is another great time to eek in your favorite book. Since reading can take your mind off your daily troubles without filling your head with new worries, it is a great way to relax and fall asleep more quickly. I read on the couch and wake up hours later with my book across my face and the light still on. If I need to nap for a long day, pulling out my current read is the guaranteed way to put me to sleep.
Reading is great in adulthood to keep the mind fresh, maintain mental clarity, and keep the brain sharp in grammar and writing skills. It’s an excellent way to learn new words, increase one’s vocabulary, and gain knowledge about the world beyond our own homes and experiences. If you hate reading, give it another shot and open your mind. If you love to read, you can certainly find time, even if it’s on your lunch break.