You probably know by now that I am a huge proponent of reading more books. Anyone can become a bookworm, including you! Sometimes the hardest part is just getting out of your own way. Drop the pre-conceived notions about what you think it takes to be a bookworm and start reading already! Here are 5 common misconceptions about reading to banish from you reading habits.
You Have To Finish Every Book
I have said it before and I’ll say it over and over again, giving myself permission to put down a book I’m not enjoying has vastly improved my reading experience. Before implementing this flexibility into my reading habits, I would avoid or procrastinate reading when I was in the middle of a book that was boring. I don’t like feeling that way about something I enjoy as much as reading, so say it with me: “Love it or leave it!”
You Must Read One Book At A Time
I’m always reading at least three books at a time, sometimes more! The reason this helps me to read more is that I’m not always in the mood for a thriller, memoir, or young adult novel and if I’m only reading one book at a time I’m stuck in that genre until I finish it. Variety keeps me interested and this strategy has definitely helped me read more books.
You Should Enjoy Reading Classics
This one I’ve felt guilt over. I’m sorry you guys, but I just can’t get into “The Iliad”. I’ve tried. Multiple times. It’s just not for me. You should read books that are interesting to you. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks of your bookshelf, read what captivates you, moves you, challenges your worldview, keeps you engaged, and brings you joy.
You Need More Time
We make time for things that are important to us. Read 3 minutes every day. Read 30 seconds a day. Habits don’t start themselves! Once you find a book that wets your whistle, you’ll end up wanting more. If you’re looking for specific tips on how to make time to read more books, check out the 5 simple strategies I use to read more books.
You’re A Slow Reader
Whenever I’ve taken breaks from reading (yes that does happen) getting back into the habit feels a bit clunky, awkward, and slow. I’ll think to myself I used to speed through books like this, but just like exercising regularly, reading is a habit that gets better with practice. Remember to let go of expectations and read for enjoyment. I’ve found that with time reading has become easier and easier. You can do it!
I’d love to know…
What hinders your reading habits?