I discovered a love for reading at the end of last year during an English class. The teacher I had gave us a deadline to finish a book by; it didn't matter how fast or slow I read it. I just had to finish it. I absolutely loved this technique.
Other teachers would give me a couple chapters to read for the next class. My problem was that I didn't have enough time every single night to read. So, my new teacher's technique worked perfectly. I read when I could and when I was in the mood to. That semester, I read every single English book I was assigned. I don't think that has ever happened to me. Ever. I think I just hate being forced to read even when I don't have the time.
If you want to start leisurely reading books, then here are my top tips and tricks.
1. FIND YOUR NICHE
Find out what you like to read. Is it blogs? Is it short stories? Is it thrillers? Whatever it is, find it. Experiment with different books. Read through some at the bookstore or read samples of e-books before you purchase them. Before I purchase an e-book, I ALWAYS buy the sample first so I can "test" out the book to see if I like it. This way, I'm not going to be reading something I absolutely hate.
2. READ ON A PLANE
Reading on a plane to me is the easiest because there isn't much else you can do. You can watch TV but what if there's nothing entertaining on? I recommend putting your light on (if it's dark) and reading a book. You can even put your earphones in and play some low lyric-less music. I find that is the perfect thing to cancel out the noise of that loud baby or the guy snoring next to you. Whenever I am on a plane, I read a book so quickly and end up finishing it during that flight (if it's more than 3 hours).
3. READ BEFORE BED
Reading before bed will ease you into it without overwhelming you. Before you go to sleep, take a half hour or so and just read a book. It will clear your mind and relax you before you sleep. If you seem to really like the book you're reading, maybe increase your reading time to 45 minutes the next night.
4. READ E-BOOKS
I definitely prefer e-books as apposed to hard copies for many reasons. One of the reasons is that I can't see how much of the book I have left. I know for e-books you have the thing at the bottom notifying you of your page number or your percentage, but I just take that away. To me, seeing that I've only read 1/10 of the book is daunting. For some reason, I just want to quit. I just prefer reading on an e-book and not focusing on where I am in the book. When I finish it, I'll be so surprised. Like, "Wait, what?!"
I hope you found at least one of these tips helpful. If you are curious about the books I have been reading this summer, follow me on Bloglovin'; I will be posting that in a few weeks.