How to Enjoy Reading: 10 Helpful Ideas

Wondering how to enjoy reading? Maybe you liked reading in the past and want to learn how to enjoy it again, or maybe you never enjoyed reading but now want to learn how to start.

Whatever your circumstances, it’s entirely possible to find places where you enjoy reading and look forward to spending time with a book. It’s also possible that you’ll reach a point where reading is your favorite part of the day, and you just can’t get enough! Consider yourself forewarned.

So if you want to learn how to enjoy reading even more, read on to discover the best tips on how to do so.

  1. Adjust your reading mentality
    First, you may need to adjust your mindset when it comes to reading.

Many of us grew up being told that we had to read for school or work, making reading feel like a chore. I know this was the case when I finished my masters. I used to love reading, but without a break from K-12, BA, MA, I burned out and reading started to feel like a task.

But reading is not something you “must” do. It’s not a chore! Nobody is forcing you to read or penalizing you if you don’t. Reading is purely for yourself, and you can decide whether to read or not.

So if you want to get to a place where you enjoy reading, take a deep breath and remember that reading can be fun and exciting! Then, follow the steps below to help you turn that mindset into reality.

  1. Choose the right book
    One of the most important ways to make reading enjoyable is to choose the right books.

By “right” books, I mean books that interest you, books you think you might like, books that catch your eye and give you a spark of excitement. It could mean choosing to read fiction over non-fiction (or vice versa), or books on a particular topic of interest to you.

If you need help finding books you might enjoy reading, here’s a handy guide on how to find great books. But in the end, trust your instincts and pick a book that you think you’ll love!

  1. Try new things
    Another idea to help you learn how to love reading again is to try something new. This could be a new genre, a new author, or anything you haven’t tried before.

Sometimes, when we don’t enjoy reading, it’s because we burn out from what we’ve done before. Trying something new can help you gain some variety in your reading and maybe discover something new you’ll enjoy. Or, if you’ve tried reading something in the past and haven’t had any hits, it might be helpful to branch out into new genres or authors because maybe you just haven’t found something you like yet.

  1. Read in a format that works for you
    There are many ways to read books, and you should feel free to read in whatever way works best for you and your lifestyle. It could mean reading a traditional print book, listening to an audiobook, or reading an e-book on your phone or e-reader.

Experiment with which reading format works best for you. You may find that you gravitate toward one format most of the time but prefer others in different situations. In any case, you should feel free to read in the format that is most convenient or gives you the most pleasure.

  1. Make a list of what you want to read next
    Make a list of books that interest you. By putting together a personal list of books that interest you, not only can you get yourself excited in the moment, but it can also help you avoid lengthy decision-making processes about what to read in the future.
  2. Read multiple books at once
    Reading multiple books at once can be a useful way to keep your reading varied and exciting. If you’re not in the mood for a certain book, you can read something else. There are pros and cons to reading multiple books at once, but if your goal right now is just to make reading fun, this is a great way to help you achieve that.
  3. Make reading social
    Making your reading social can be as simple as finding a friend who also likes to read and chat, or joining a community of book lovers, such as a book club. But no matter which method you choose, having someone to share and discuss the book with can help you enjoy reading it and keep reading.
  4. Keep track of what you’ve read
    Keeping track of what you read can help you figure out what you like and don’t like. It can also motivate you to see how much you’ve read since you first started tracking your reading.
  5. Find better places to read
    Consider your environment. Maybe finding a better place to read, or at least a change of setting, can help you enjoy reading more.
  6. Reward yourself for reading
    Rewarding yourself can be a great motivator and help you connect with the pleasures of reading. It might look like giving yourself permission to buy something you’ve always wanted after reaching a certain readinggoal, or treating yourself to a special snack or activity after finishing a challenging book. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something that you genuinely enjoy and that will help you associate reading with positive feelings.

In summary, learning to enjoy reading is about finding what works best for you and your reading preferences. By adjusting your mentality, choosing the right books, trying new things, reading in a format that works for you, making a list of what you want to read next, reading multiple books at once, making reading social, keeping track of what you’ve read, finding better places to read, and rewarding yourself for reading, you can rediscover the joy of reading and make it a cherished part of your life.

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