Rediscovering the Joys of Reading

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Reading is one of those pastimes that we all have access to. Even if you don’t have money, you can easily go to a library, pick from a huge selection of books and take it home to read. It’s essentially free entertainment, but it’s not just about having a good time. Books are a fantastic way to stimulate your brain and it can truly open up your imagination. It’s a fantastic way to pique your creative interests and it introduces you to a whole new world every time you open a new cover.

Unfortunately, as fun as it can be to indulge yourself with a good book, it’s one of the more difficult hobbies for someone to get into these days. Most people enjoy doing something active to pass the time. This could involve playing a video game or playing sports. Failing that, they prefer to do something that requires very little effort, such as watching a film or a show. I personally can say I'm guilty of this - choosing to watch series or movies on the different streaming sites available specially in the past rather than pick up a book to read.I have a shelf full of books I bought from years ago (hello book sale events!) waiting to read.

Reading a book is somewhat in between the two. It’s not exactly an active task but it does require you to pay attention and imagine the things that you’re reading. This is why it’s a great way to exercise the brain and encourage your creativity.

I enjoy reading. You could most likely tell that from reading this blog's section called Reading Liz, where I have talked a lot about books I've read! I've been reading since I was a kid, going to National Bookstore with my parents everytime we go out and I'd be coming home with a new book. So now that I'm continuing to shelter in place, I've had more time in my hands for reading. Well, it's one way I keep cabin fever at bay too. Hurray! I'm gonna achieve my 2020 GoodReads Reading Challenge this year!

I know I'm not the only one who's been guilty of choosing to do something more active to pass the time. On Facebook groups for book lovers that I'm a part of, I've seen some folks sharing the dilemma of having no motivation to read and asking for tips how to get that reading mojo back. So then, let's talk about how you can rediscover the joys of reading!

Below are some ways that might encourage you to pick up that book that might be gathering some dust on your shelf for some time now and start you off to choosing reading as one of your pastimes too.

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Reading is a surprisingly good way to improve your social skills

Books can often be based on real-world situations and circumstances. This gives them a sense of realism and it can have a surprisingly positive impact on our conversational skills. Reading tends to increase our vocabulary and it helps us understand how to use certain words. A little trivia about me: I learned the meaning of elope from reading Archie Comics! And I have learned so many other words that helped expand my vocabulary because of reading.

By learning how to use these words in a variety of different situations, you’ll find it easier to get your point across to people. You’ll have a much easier time explaining different concepts and you’ll find that you have a word for everything instead of trying to break something down and explain it with simple and disjointed phrases.

Even if you’re reading a book about magic, witches and demons, you’ll still pick up some useful words that you’ve never heard before. The conversations the characters have can also help inspire you to approach conversations differently. Don’t worry–you’re not going to start speaking in olden English! It’ll just help you learn more about how to structure conversations and it’ll improve your vocabulary so you have new words to explain things in a more cohesive manner.

Reading doesn’t need to involve books

Reading without books sounds rather strange, but it’s the modern age and we always seem to have a convenient replacement for everything. In the case of books, we have eReaders that can store thousands of books in a small and convenient form factor. If you don’t want to spend the money on an eReader, you can actually download apps on your smartphone or tablet device that are designed for reading books. Books can be bought as digital versions from storefronts such as Amazon and their apps can even let you listen to audio versions of specific books. This lets you read from the pages when you want to and then switch to audio when you’re commuting or unable to look at the pages.

There are plenty of ways to enjoy books now and it doesn’t always have to be with a heavy tome in your hand. This makes it extremely convenient for busy people who are always on the go or don’t want to risk damaging a book in their bag.

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Removing the barriers to help encourage you to read more

There are often some barriers that prevent people from reading more books. For instance, a common excuse that people give is that they simply don't have time. Again, I've been guilty of this. While that's perfectly understandable, it's important to think of reading a book as a pastime or hobby. Instead of watching television or playing video games, why not consider reading a book for entertainment instead? It can be daunting since it relies a lot on your own creativity and imagination. However, once you take the first step, you'll find that it's very easy to lose yourself in a good story. Trust me on this! If you find a book that you highly enjoy reading, you won't want to put it down until you're at the end of the story.

If you find that the reading itself is a barrier, there's no shame in reading simpler books that are targeted at a younger audience. Some books use incredibly difficult words that you might not have even heard of. The way some stories are set out can also be confusing. We suggest reading books that you might have already heard of. Some popular examples include the Harry Potter series which are incredibly popular or even the more recent Game of Thrones books that had a hugely successful TV series. If you read something that you're already quite familiar with, it can be much easier to get into.

Lastly, some people find that there are physical problems preventing them from reading. For instance, some people might have trouble reading small text on a book without a good pair of reading glasses. For this, you can see if there are large-print versions of the book or you could consider reading it on an electronic device with a backlight. It's important to get comfortable when reading. This is why many people have reading chairs with a warm light to make the pages easier to read. I've been thinking of buying a nice and comfy reading chair myself to put in my room so I can have the option to sit and read or lie down and read. The latter option is also a comfy option but maybe too comfy at times specially during afternoons when I find myself getting sleepy after a while thereby breaking my reading concentration!😅

Some final words

Reading is a joy that everyone has experienced at some point in their life. As you put off reading, you'll find that it becomes more difficult to get into due to time constraints or because it seems daunting to read so many pages. However, once you find a good book and get stuck in, you'll find it hard to pull yourself away. It's no different to a gripping TV series or an immersive video game.


Ellie-M said...

I needed to read this! I have so many books on my list to read but I don't make the time to do it! Before the summer I was taking an hour a day to sit on my balcony and read but I've not made the time since then. Will definitely try harder now. Thanks for sharing :)

Charity said...

This is such a great post! I love to read too. It definitely brings me a lot of joy too!

Liz said...

Goodluck Ellie! Hope you do get motivated again to read.🙂

Liz said...

Thanks Charity! Happy to meet a fellow bookworm.🙂

Marissa said...

Some great ideas! I wrote a post similar to this so it's nice to see other peoples perspective 😊 have a good day!
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