Reading for your own enjoyment takes practice. I know it sounds a little crazy– but folks practice their hobbies all the time and why should recreational reading be any different? It can be hard today to turn off distractions and just read. So here is a practical guide; follow it and you will soon find yourself enjoying reading. And for those of you reading this post who don’t need any help in this regard, I invite you to share your tips for happy reading.
Step 1: Pick book.
This is one of the hardest steps of the process. But fear not, you can handle it. There are so many ways to choose a book: pretty cover, friend recommendation, favorite author, saw the movie, library/book store display, read about it somewhere (twitter, instagram, facebook, tumblr, pinterest), heard about it somewhere, random browsing, librarian recommendation, teacher recommendation, it’s your favorite book and you want to read it for the tenth time darn it, read a review, literary awards, found it (in a rental vacation house and in the plane seat flap next to the barf bag perhaps), it’s a classic you’ve been meaning to read, and so on… Point being, any reason to pick a book is a good one if it works for you. Some other resources that are helpful in finding books:
- NoveList Plus — a useful database great for finding read alikes (check if your local library has a subscription).
- Yalsa’s Teen Book Finder
- http://www.slj.com/ check out the blogs section
- amazon.com my go-to when faced with title or author memory lapses
- www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/ see what your favorite author(s) like to read
As you are selecting books, keep an open mind (even on books you did not like in the past.)