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I discovered the joys of reading at a young age. My parents liked to buy me new books at National Bookstore every time we go out. 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.
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 a hobby some people find hard to get into these days. Most people choose to do something active to pass the time such as playing video games or sports. For some, they prefer something that requires very little efforts such as watching a movie or show. I’m definitely guilty of that! Got a shelf full of unread books!
Reading a book is somewhat in between the two. Not exactly an active task but it does require you to pay attention! How else can you imagine what you’re reading? This is why it’s a great way to exercise the brain and encourage your creativity.
I know I’m not the only one who’s somewhat lost the joys of reading and wants to rekindle that! I’ve seen it on book lovers groups I’m a part of. They too are wondering how they can get their reading mojo back!
Want to rediscover the joys of reading? Here are some ways that might encourage you to pick up that book you’ve been ignoring for some time now.
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. It helps us understand how to use certain words. I for one learned the meaning of elope from reading Archie Comics!
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. You’ll also find that you have a word for everything. Goodbye 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 characters’ conversations 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.
Removing the barriers to help encourage you to read more
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. Hopefully, with the tips above, you’ll be able to pick up a new book and rediscover the joys of reading again.