Beginners Guide to Reading

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So obviously this post isn’t for the people who run book blogs/vlogs and are reading this because clearly you don’t need any of my help in the reading department. This post is for the people who’ve never read a single full length chapter novel in their lives but are trying to change their wierd ways. This post is for the dear readers who stumbled across my blog and wondered how this strange breed of creatures could possibly exist on the Internet with the seemingly sole intent of flailing about books.

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The main reason I’m writing this post is because you guys won’t believe how many times I’ve told people in real life to check out my blog and return asking how I do it? How I simply pick up a book and read and not even that, how I manage to read 4+ books a month when simply finishing a chapter feels almost impossible for them. Well my dear friends rest easy because I’m here to help.

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First thing I wanted to talk about is my observation. I’ve noticed that mostly because of ego most beginners want to pick the biggest, shiniest book on the shelf and start reading. Don’t do it man! You’re just setting yourself up for disappointment when it’s been weeks and you’ve barely made a dent. Reading (honestly (at least for me)) isn’t just picking a random book, I mean it is… but it also isn’t. First I try to figure out where my interests lie at the moment and start there. For example; right now I’m really enjoying the 13 Reasons Why tv show so I know I want more high-school drama related stories so I would start looking from there. The main point is: Figure out what subjects/genres are likely to interest you enough to read and keep at it. For example if you love romcom movies you’ll probably enjoy romance books. This leads us to the next tip…

Once you’ve established where your interests lie, the next obvious stage is how/where to pick the book. My best friend (whose never read a book not forced on her by school) once walked up to me saying that my love of books inspired her to start reading and she wanted me to pick my favorite books so that she could read them too. In my excitement I handed her my favorites and in a months time went to check up on her and she was barely a chapter into the book. Now I know not everyone is like this; your first might be big and long (innuendo intended lol) and that’s fine, everyone is different but for most first timers (at least from my observations) full length novels are basically the devil. So my advice is basically this: short stories/novella’s are your friend. Its really as easy as going to your local bookstore/library and asking.

Some Personal Recs:

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – fantasy
Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell – contemporary
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – science fiction
Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher – mystery
The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock – historical
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling – which I know isn’t a short story but everyone had to read this book at least once in they’re lives.

I’m obviously recommending novella’s because finishing them gives you the momentum and confidence to keep reading longer books. Anyway, once we’ve gotten over the hurdle of picking a suitable book to start you off on your reading journey (hopefully by picking up one of my recommended books), the next step is obviously having the desire to actually read. I fly through a lot of books because I love reading so I always set time out of my day to do just that. I advice doing the same, just like with any other hobby. It doesn’t have to take up your entire day, honestly just taking out 10-30 minutes could make a huge difference in your progress.

The next point I wanted to mention was that: The internet is a deep dark infinite void.

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Its easy to get lost or overwhelmed by the sheer number of book bloggers and booktubers all screaming into the endless infinite void about books so I suggest goodreads as a tool to connect with other readers and keep track of all your reads.

If you’re still struggling with the concept of reading this video (by my favorite author John Green) really puts everything into a nice perspective.

Basically he talks about why and how we read and its the closest anyone has ever gotten to explaining why the simple act of reading has brought together millions of people around the world.


Phew, if you made it to the end congratulations! Lol but really thanks for reading. Catch you guys later!

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