For a large number of people; Reading comes across as boring. This is something they have to ‘do at school’. More often than never, while reviewing facebook profiles; I see ‘I don’t read’ and ‘Never have. Never will’ under favorite book quotations.
While Joseph Brodsky will feel that a crime in itself, one can’t imagine what evangelical zeal they’re missing throughout. Reading up a small book or even a comic strip can pull you together from the shattered life you’re going through and fill you with positive mind and fresh ideas.
If you have no idea why one should read at all? Just incept a single idea in your mind that why one shouldn’t? Just for one time, unwind yourself and take an hour or two off from your schedule and start to devour yourself in fantastical adventures, beautiful romances, emotional turmoil’s, romances, tears and guilt. Make it your escape, your comfort, your consolation – one word at a time.
Pick up a genre
If you have finally decided to read and a little bit inclined on the idea, the first thing to do is selecting a genre. Fiction or Non – fiction; choose something that engages you the most. Be tantalized by the fantasy world or choose your comfort in romantic blue-greens. Satire, humour, thriller, Crime, Drama, Science fiction, horror – there are innumerate choices to choose from.
Visit a Library/ Get it online
Even after being overwhelmed by the choices, you will still have to loosen up your wallet. If you want to avoid that, not being an avid reader at the moment, you can always go to a library. Choose a membership plan and give it a random visit. And if you’re too lazy to get your bum up from your couch to reach out to a library, there’s always a smartphone in your pocket. Make use of it and download an e-copy of the book (pdf / epub/ mobi) in any of the three formats and read it on the go. While they’re still chargeable, you can make use of torrents to download free reading copy.
Even if it’s for a couple of minutes, read every day. Keep your book handy and make the most of it while you’ve still spare time. And the most important, read it cover to cover. It will create a habit week by week. Don’t read to amuse yourself or for the purpose of instruction; read in a way that the characters become a part of your life. Read between the lines, read like it’s the most amazing amusement created in the world, and it would always be scary to pick up a new book because you will be too preoccupied with the last one.
Use funky bookmarks
If you don’t finish the book at one go and want to remind yourself of the last page you were reading, use a bookmark. To make it a funky ride, make use of bookmarks with various colors or quotes or create your own.
Books you can start with:
To Kill a Mocking Bird (By Harper Lee)
Race and Economic class makes controversial issues via a court case of a black man charged with the rape and abuse of a young white girl. It’s a moving saga set in 1930’s Deep South that delivers a profound message about fighting for justice and against prejudice.
The Lord of the Rings (by J.R.R. Tolkien)
One of the greatest fictional stories ever told, that have been adapted for the movie trilogy with the same name; and by far one of the most popular and influential written works in 20th-century literature. Once you pick up the first book, you’ll read them all. You can also pick up its prequel, Hobbit if it interests you.
The Great Gatsby (by F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Set in the Jazz Age of the roaring 20’s, this book unravels a cautionary tale of the American dream. Specifically, the reader learns that a few good friends are far more important that a zillion acquaintances, and the drive created from the desire to have something is more valuable than actually having it.
The Catcher in the Rye (by J.D. Salinger)
This novel firmly stands as an icon for accurately representing the ups and downs of teen angst, defiance and rebellion. If nothing else, it serves as a reminder of the unpredictable teenage mindset.
While you’re at it, always engage yourself in reading something new. How can you suppose it won’t be any good until you’ve tried it? Good books give you good experiences while bad books increases your taste. As Francis Bacon phrased it “Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.” For that you have to go out in the field and choose your wanderlust. Pick a random column in a library, with a random book, and start blurb reading the first page. You never know, what will expand your horizon. There is a whole bucket of imagination open up for you, choose your side and drown yourself in the depth.