Some things just make life more fascinating and intriguing, and books and reading are just one. Unlike with a television series where you are fed images, books allow you to create images – people’s faces, their homes and surroundings the way you want. Reading takes you on awesome journeys to far off places, a book keeps you busy while waiting in a reception room, it’s a companion for when you’re lonely, and reading simply takes you on a world trip of discovery.
But how, in this frantic, hectic world, do you actually find the time to read? Most of us have got books in our homes which we’ve never read. Many of us belong to libraries but never take books out.
Don’t Read Certain Books Just to ‘Appear’ Intellectual
One of the first reasons that people aren’t reading is that there is this notion that you have to be reading intellectual books. Books often become conversation pieces at social gatherings, and many people like to make out as if frivolous books are for the less intelligent. These same people will rather battle through an 800 page historical novel just to appear intelligent. They are bored and disenchanted as they describe the book.
Love what You Read!
Books need to be sheer escapism and relaxation in today’s world. Reading is about utter enjoyment. Read for fun and you’ll take weeks to read a book instead of taking months to get through an intellectual book that is boring an uninspiring. If everyone is reading the latest title that doesn’t appeal to you, don’t read it. Get reading a book on something that you love, and you’ll look forward to reading. You’ll find out what an awesome deviation it is from a restless world.
Another simple tip to get you back into the habit of reading is to take things slowly. We all lead busy lives, but taking just a little bit of time out for some pleasure and rest is therapeutic for us. Don’t plan on reading 2 chapters each day, but commit to something attainable like just one chapter each day or at least just one chapter in bed before retiring for the night.
People who love reading books will tell you that you can’t find a better, more affordable form of entertainment. You’ll find a host of new friends and experiences within the pages. Sometimes people who have made news write an auto-biography and then it can be fascinating to read about them. Fact or fiction – you simply choose what you like – after all, that’s what makes reading so utterly irresistible – you’re escaping into a world that fascinates and enthralls you.
Give Your Kids the Chance to Love Books
If you’ve got young kids, its only fair that you read to them, just to at least give them the opportunity to experience the wonder of reading later on. Some books are fun, some are serious, some are disturbing and thought-provoking and others are wildly entertaining – but books and reading are a delightful way to complement leisure hours.