How To Develop A Good Reading Habit

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How to Make Reading a Habit

 How to Make Reading a Habit

Reading is more than just a useful professional skill. It is also a means of appreciating informative, creative, and inspiring works of literature that enrich our lives. A reading habit, like any skill worth mastering, takes time and dedication to develop. It is, however, a lifelong source of enjoyment and entertainment, as well as a reasonably priced hobby for anyone who wants to pick up a book.

Making Reading a Habit

Enhance your reading abilities.

Begin practicing good reading skills to develop a reading habit and enjoy your reading to the fullest. As an example: Read on for more information. When reading, look for the main idea of each paragraph as well as its supporting reasons. When regaining lapsed reading skills, reading with a pencil in hand to take notes or underline the key idea of each paragraph can be beneficial. Look up unfamiliar words online. Merriam Webster's online dictionary is a fantastic and comprehensive resource for defining unfamiliar words. Simply underline or make a list of words that are unfamiliar to you. When you've reached a good stopping point, go back and look up each word, re-reading the sentence it appeared in. This adds context to the word.

Learn to value context. When confronted with unfamiliar words or ideas, the literary, historical, or social context of the text can often provide hints as to what the character or writer is discussing. This may necessitate some outside research to become acquainted with the various levels of context presented by a text.

Acquaint yourself with literary devices. Being familiar with common literary tactics is an important part of becoming a better reader, especially if you enjoy novels and short stories. Understanding common tools such as metaphor, hyperbole, parallel structure, personification, and alliteration can significantly improve the reading experience.

Don't be hasty. Reading for the purpose of learning and enjoyment is never a sprint. Instead, take your time, cultivate your skills, and watch them grow at your own pace. Do not be discouraged if you are a slow reader at first. Every day, as you read, your mind will recall the reading strategies it learned previously and apply them again, often more effectively.

Keep reading materials close at hand.

A basketball player cannot practice unless she has her ball and sneakers on hand. Reading is just like any other skill. Here are some ideas for keeping new reading material on hand at all times:

Purchase subscriptions: Trade or special interest magazines are an excellent way to keep up with current reading material. There are also literary magazines for fiction and creative writing, such as Harper's and The New Yorker.

Visit the library: Even the smallest town has a library full of books that can be checked out for free. Get your library card and check out what your local libraries have to offer if you haven't already.

Consider using an e-Reader. Barnes and Noble and Amazon both have e-Readers and a large selection of digital books for sale or loan. Libraries frequently provide free e-book loans as well. Look on the internet.

Full-texts of pre-copyright literary works are frequently available online via university library websites. "Project Gutenberg," for example, is currently hosted by Ibiblio through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and contains nearly 50,000 essays, novels, novellas, and short stories, with an average of 50 new novels added each week.

Find ways to incorporate reading into your daily life.

Making reading a part of your daily routine makes it easier to improve your reading skills. Here are a few ideas for how to go about it. Participate in a book club. These usually meet once a week or twice a month and are a great way to get motivated to read while also meeting other people who are committed to good reading habits. Book clubs also provide you with the opportunity to discuss what you read with a group of intelligent and interested readers.

Install a news aggregator. Feedly and Digg are two free services that allow you to follow online blogs, newspapers, and magazines through a browser-based platform that also organizes what you read into folders and sorts based on "read" vs. "unread" items.

Set aside some time and space to read. Do you have a favorite coffee shop table or a quiet corner in your own home where you like to curl up and relax? Find a location that is conducive to your reading habits. Make it a habit to visit your favorite spot on a regular basis, and always bring your current reading with you.

Set daily or weekly objectives. There is no set speed for finishing a book or magazine; however, if you are an ambitious reader with a list of books you want to read, setting reasonable reading goals is a good way to satisfy your ambitions. Set a goal, for example, to read for an hour every day, or to read one chapter of your current book or ten pages of your current magazine.

Choosing What to Read

Take into account your hobbies and personal interests. Reading about topics that interest us can make it more interesting and satisfying. Seek out blogs, books, and magazines that are related to your hobbies and interests to encourage reading and maximize enjoyment.

Seek advice from your friends.

Word of mouth is frequently a helpful tool in directing our reading choices. Talk to friends or look for readers with similar interests online. Discover which books they have enjoyed. is a good place to get book recommendations with detailed descriptions. If you live in a city with a bookstore, go there. Most bookstore employees enjoy reading and will gladly recommend their favorite books. It's even better if you have an independent or used bookstore nearby.

Read some of the classics.

Knowing what good writing looks like is an important part of being a good reader. Experience for yourself the books that have shaped Western history, while also thinking about how to broaden your search and look for classics in other parts of the world.

Learn how each generation of writers claims, owns, and reinterprets key historical facts for their own generation.

See what the critics say.

They say that everyone is a critic and that taste is relative; however, trends emerge when certain aspects of culture become resonant or relevant for a large number of people at the same time. Some of the advantages of reading book reviews include:

Creating a new set of reading abilities. Reading criticism is a different beast than reading fiction or nonfiction. Improve your understanding of the purpose and utility of literary criticism.

Obtaining information about a book without having to purchase it. Reviews are an excellent way to anticipate and reject potential book purchases. They are also a good way to learn how to express your own reading preferences.

Begin an informed discussion. Maybe you and your book club just finished a book that received a mediocre review in the New York Times. Bring in the review and make note of the key points raised by the critic. See what the other people think. Create your own viewpoint on the book.

Compile a reading list.

It's critical to keep track of the books, magazines, and blogs that pique our interest so that when our current book is finished, we'll know where to go next. is a good place to keep track of this, but a page in a personal journal is also a good place to keep track of what we want to read in the future.

Making Reading a Lifetime Goal

Assist as a reader.

Volunteer readers are valued by schools, nursing homes, correctional facilities, and even homeless shelters. Volunteering as a reader is an important service because:

  • Not every adult is able to read. For a variety of reasons, some people reach adulthood with no literacy training, limiting their job prospects and ability to live independently. As a volunteer reader for adults, you can make a difference in the lives and self-esteem of those in need.
  • You have the ability to promote lifelong learning. Reading may no longer be an option for elderly people who have vision problems.
  • Having someone come and read to them, especially if they enjoyed reading in the past, is more than just a learning experience. It can provide companionship, friendship, and an educational exchange.
  • Some communities may also have a volunteer program where you can record textbooks and other written materials for blind or visually impaired people.

Begin or take part in a book swap program.

Look online, through sites like, or find a used bookstore in your area that hosts a book swap.

Book swaps are a great way to keep your bookshelf stocked, especially if you enjoy reading pop fiction, romance novels, or science fiction.

Attend book festivals.

Do you want to learn about new authors while also meeting authors you already know? Book festivals provide an excellent opportunity for both. They also provide other advantages, such as:

  • Books are available for purchase. Publishers and book vendors attend book festivals and frequently offer discounts on books by authors appearing at the festival.
  • Obtain a book signature. Authors are frequently asked to appear at book festivals to promote their work, especially if they have recently been published. Book signings allow you to enjoy literacy while also creating an heirloom.
  • Take pleasure in being read to. Guest authors are frequently invited to read passages from their most recent works at festivals, and public readings are held to spark interest in or memorialize talented authors.

Maintain a reading blog.

A reading blog is a great way to remember books you liked, criticize books you didn't like, and keep track of what you've already read. In addition, a reading blog can: 

  • Assist you in meeting new people. Make your entries public and allow random people from all over the internet to read and even comment on them.
  • Write some more. Reading and writing are essentially two sides of the same coin. It's a good workout to be able to write well and even emulate writing styles you like. It also necessitates acting as your own editor, going over what you've written again and again to ensure quality and precision.

Learn to read in a number of different languages.

Choose a new language to learn if you enjoy reading in your native tongue. You can begin reading in another language by doing the following: Obtaining a dictionary in the chosen language. Borrow one from the library or buy one from a bookstore.

Let's start with children's books. Books for young school-aged children are made up of simple, straightforward passages with basic vocabulary relating to common, easily translatable life events.

Learning to read at this level can help you prepare for more advanced readings.

Taking a look at a poetry translation. Choose a well-known poet in the language you want to learn and look for a version of their book that includes versions in both their native language and your native language. Slowly and carefully read the translation while comparing it to the original version. Examine how specific concepts have been translated, as well as the language used to describe them. This is an efficient method of learning not only a new language, but also a new culture.

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