I have answered this question on Quora several times.
“How do I get into reading?” “What book is the perfect one to start with if I don’t enjoy reading?” “How do I become a reader?” “How do I make reading a habit?”
I love this question, because it’s people looking to read more. And I freaking love reading!
I never approach this answer as if anyone is dumb for asking or that it should be obvious. I don’t want to turn people off books.
I will gladly answer this same question over and over to different people, so that they, too, can love reading and books as much as I do.
I want to encourage everyone to read! Read more books!
Some people read to learn, some read to escape, some for entertainment, and some to simply pass the time.
It doesn’t matter WHY you read, as long as you ENJOY it.
Reading a lot also makes you a better writer, since you expand your knowledge, build your vocabulary, and see what other writers are doing well.
Being a reader has definitely make me a better entrepreneur, as I am able to read a great book and turn off my brain for a while, giving me fresh perspective and allowing me to take a break when I need one.
So, what books should you read to get into reading and read more? Here is my answer.
It’s not about SPECIFIC books. It is about reading what makes you happy. If you ENJOY the books, then you are more likely to continue reading and make it a habit.
- If you like scary movies, try reading horror/thriller books.
- If you love action movies, try a fast-paced crime or thriller author like David Baldacci.
- If you like puzzles, try crime/mystery stories.
- If you enjoy comedy, read books written by funny people, like Tiny Fey’s “Bossypants” or Anna Kendrick’s “Scrappy Little Nobody.”
- If you like sports, read either true story (nonfiction) books about sports and sports figures, or read fictional stories centered around sports.
- If you like space movies, try science fiction books — such as “Ender’s Game,” “”Grimspace,” or “Old Man’s War.”
- If you love Elves and magic and stuff, go for fantasy books like “Lord of the Rings” or “The Dresden Files.”
- If you love dystopian future TV shows like “Black Mirror,” try reading books like “1984” or anything by Isaac Asimov.
- If you prefer to learn, pick a topic, such as bitcoin or the Civil War, and read a nonfiction book on that topic and get some new information.
If there is a book series you loved, such as the Hunger Games or Harry Potter series, then start there. Google “series like Hunger Games” and see what series are recommended to you. Young Adult fiction has seen a huge surge in the last few years, so if you like vampires, dystopian stories, zombies, action, magic, etc, there is a lot to offer in the Young Adult fiction category.
I prefer to read for fun and entertainment, so I read a lot of scifi and dystopian future books. I love a great story and well-developed characters and worlds. For learning, I tend to read more bite-size things like blogs and articles.
It is completely up to you and your preferences.
But if you start with a genre you already enjoy, you are more likely to love the books.
When it comes to making reading a habit, it’s simply about reading daily or weekly and generally just fitting it into your schedule.
For example, I read during my commute to work when I worked in the city, which was about 45 minutes each way on a train. I read when we’re in the car and my husband is driving. I read while on the elliptical at the gym if I missed Jeopardy! I read at night in bed so that I don’t have my face to my cell phone before going to sleep.
Make reading a part of your day. Don’t ever turn it into a chore. If you don’t feel like reading, don’t. If you hate the book, stop reading it and pick another. If you turn it into something you feel you “have” to do, then it’s not as fun.
Reading and books should be enjoyable and fun for you. If you enjoy it, you’ll do it more.
A good book can transport you to another time and dimension, and it is amazing.
Go forth and read more!