They say that a reader lives a thousand lives before they die, and if you’re an avid page-turner, you’ll probably agree. Reading is good for the mind and the soul, we learn new things, expand our horizons, relish in the creativity of others and give ourselves an escape from the rest of the world for a while.
It’s for all these reasons and more that you should pick up a book as often as you can. However these days, with all of life’s distractions and hectic schedules it’s not always easy to find the time. Interestingly, reading is something that takes dedication and – in a way – practice. You may find that the more you read, the more you get through your books faster and the more it’ll come to you naturally.
So, want to learn how to read a little more? Here’s how you can do it.
Don’t be afraid to go electronic
A lot of people say there’s nothing that beats the feel of a real book in your hands. However, using an electronic device such as a kindle fire still allows you to meet new characters and delve into someone else’s world. Worried about privacy and security on Kindles? For information on how to put a VPN on a Kindle Fire, click the link.
If you’re struggling for room and don’t have space for mountains of books, or you fancy reading some of the latest online published works from budding authors, then a Kindle could be the way forward for you. As long as you’re reading and enjoying yourself, that’s the main thing!
Carry your books with you
Whether you prefer to have a traditional book in your hands or you want to go digital, if you get into the habit of carrying your reading material around with you, you’ll be amazed at how many opportunities to read you actually have. When you’re waiting for the bus, commuting to work, at the hairdresser’s, waiting for dinner to cook … keep your books on you and you’ll get through them in no time!
Keep it cheap
It’s tempting to go for the latest best-seller but that could prove to be an expensive habit. If you want to get back into reading, keep things affordable. Head online to discounted book stores, or hit the high street and rediscover the joy of charity shop bargains. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get for your money!
Dedicate specific time to reading
Getting into the habit of reading is much easier if you find time in your schedule to pick up your books. Whether it’s for 10 minutes after the kids have gone to bed or whilst you’re in the car waiting to pick them up from school, dedicating specific time to reading gives you something to look forward to and encourages you to read even more!
And finally, make reading your first choice
When we have a spare moment it’s easy to reach for our phones and scroll through Instagram for half an hour, but if you make reading your first choice when you’re at a loose end you’ll find you have more time to read than you think.