How to Enjoy Reading When You’ve NEVER Been a Bookworm!

I used to hate reading. HATE reading. It’s a strong word, I know, but many relate with this. I never understood how my mom could sit and read a book all afternoon. It really puzzled me!

I finally learned to love reading when I met one of my bffs in high school. She would lend me some of her favorite books when I would visit her house. Pretty soon, we would be chatting about how good the books are and what is going to happen next, etc. I was hooked.

I became a book worm and still am.

1.) Put Distractions Away

Just pick up your phone and put it out of site. Turn off the TV and make your cup of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa ahead of time. Find a cozy spot with good lighting and hunker down.

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2.) Pick a Book that Interests You

If you don’t fuckin like romance novels or science fiction novels, then don’t fuckin read them! For anything you are interested in, there are several books to choose from.

For instance, if you like zombies, there are SO MANY books (or also graphic novels, like The Walking Dead) about zombies.

Another way to choose a book, is to find out which of your favorite movies or TV shows were originally books. If you liked the movie, then you will love the book! Everyone always says the books are better for a reason!!!

3.) Slow Down

It’s about the journey, not the destination! Soak in each and every word on the page. Try to understand what the author is really telling you. When you do this, your reading comprehension will go through the roof.

It is NOT a competition to read a book as fast as you can or to even read numerous books. It’s about enjoying the activity! That usually gets lost in translation in school because of pressure from the district, teachers, school competitions, and sometimes reading is used as…. punishment.


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4.) Set a Timer (I always say that, I know)

Don’t push yourself to read at the same pace as your friend who read all of Harry Potter in one weekend. That’s just not human!

No, but odds are they have been practicing reading for the long haul since they were able to read. They have more practice, so their brain is trained to get into the zone when they read!

Try setting a timer for 20 minutes a day, or 5 if you really “hate” reading. Be consistent and read what you can until the timer goes off, then don’t even think or stress about the book until you read the next day.

Slowly increase the timer by 5 minutes a week or what is comfortable for you. Soon enough, you will actually be looking forward to your reading time and breeze right through books.

5.) Play Relaxing Music without Words

This can be anything to live lo-fi hip hop on YouTube or even piano covers of your favorite songs! Something that won’t distract you from the words on the page!

I like music in the background on occasion because it keeps my mind from wondering off too much. I can bring my focus back to the book easily.

Comment below with your FAVE book!



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