Hello everyone,

Having established in the previous article why books are to die for this article is for those who have seen the light and want to start reading. You might have excuses like, “I don’t have time”, “I am too busy”, “the books are too large” or you find them boring. I hope you find these tips helpful. 

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1) Make a decision: This is the first step in developing any habit, it is also the hardest step. Talking about how much you would love to read is cool but sitting down to do it might seem a bit scary. The solution to this is to decide and set some goals. It could be one chapter in a day or 30 minutes before you sleep. To take it up another notch, you can ask someone to hold you accountable or use online tools to help you stay on track. Do not set unrealistic goals such as 3 books a day, especially if you know you can’t keep up. Take it slow, so that you don’t burn out.

2) Take out time to figure out what you like: As an unrepentant bibliophile, I can tell you that I prefer certain genres and authors over others. It is normal for everyone as certain things interest us more than others. If you are someone who likes movies or TV series, you would have a little idea on what exactly tickles your fancy. You can also find out all kinds of book genres and think of a topic that you would relate with on a personal level.

3) Make a list: Once you have an idea of the kind of genre that appeals to you, you can use online websites such as Goodreads to know which books have the best ratings and the best reviews and start from there. Read the synopsis of the books and take note of the first two that grab your attention. You can also ask for advice from any bookish friends you have. I will also recommend that you start with shorter books since you just want to get started so that you don’t lose interest quickly.

4) Get the right format: The way people read has changed a lot over the years. Hardcover books, even though still widely used are being edged out by audiobooks and eBooks. If you are the kind of person who is pressed for time, consider getting audiobooks as they would be a lot more convenient. If you usually have a daily long commute from home to work and constantly stuck in traffic, eBooks may be the way to go. However, if you would rather not be exposed to the screen light of a phone, go the paperback way. The goal of this is to get you a format that would be convenient and easy for you to access. 

5) Find someone who loves books and literature as much as you do: When you start reading, there is a tendency that you would want to discuss your feelings about an event in the book or your feelings about a character. This would help make the book more interesting and seem more real. If there is no one around you, you can join an online book club or comment on a book blog.

You might not like reading now and might even consider it a chore, but falling in love with books is the easiest thing to do. Before you know it, you are reading series and going through a thousand pages a day. However, do not pressure yourself as a reader, be it for the number of books you manage to read (especially as a beginner) or for the kind of books you enjoy. 

I hope that this article has given you an idea of how to become a book lover. If you are a book lover already, you can drop your advice in the comment section- suggestions on genres and even what book you first fell in love with. Let me know in the comments section down below. Have a lovely weekend ahead, baby bibliophiles!

With love, the unrepentant bibliophile.

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