How to fall in love with reading

14th August 2017
Books, Lifestyle / 12 Comments

How to fall in love with reading - Simply Adrift
How to fall in love with reading - Simply Adrift

I know a lot of people who have absolutely no interest in reading. I know right? It’s crazy. A lot of my friends just never got into it, and when I try to suggest a book to them they may even go so far to say that ‘reading is boring’. Flabbergasted.

The other month I confessed the way I fell into reading wasn’t because I loved it at first, it was actually because I couldn’t read and I had difficulty learning how to read as a child. I was forced to read and at first I didn’t enjoy it. But as I started to grasp the words on paper, I started to enjoy the books I was reading, and eventually I would look forward to the trips to the library.

This made me wonder if anyone has ever tried to fall in love with reading before? Has a non-reader tried to figure out why readers love their books so much? I was thinking about ways someone might try this, or good ways that someone could try this.

I came up with the below! If you’re not a reader but you want to start reading, try these:

Figure out what interests you

I think a lot of non-readers could think reading is boring because they were forced to read books in school that they had no interest in reading. Perhaps the topic was boring, maybe they couldn’t relate to the story or the characters, maybe they simply hated being told what to do so didn’t want to do it.

When you’re reading, it’s a whole lot more fun if you’re actually enjoying what you’re reading. So you need to figure this out. Maybe you love to read stories that aren’t in anyway related to the real world, maybe you have an interest in ancient Egypt so you could find a story set in ancient Egypt. Maybe you love non-fiction and love to learn about things. What sorts of things interest you? Computers, celebrities lives, cooking, murder mysteries, crime thrillers?

You could use the type of TV shows you like to watch as a starting point to figure out a topic.

Start off small

Do not pick up a book with 500 pages to start off with. That is a really big book and if you’ve never really enjoyed reading before there is a very high chance you would not finish this book. Start off with a small book, 200 pages or maybe you could even start with short stories. The idea is that you will really enjoy the story and you will get a beginning, a middle and an ending. You will have read a complete story.

The more stories you finish, the more you figure out what you like to read and the more books you read that you actually enjoy – the more you fall in love with reading.

Read the book synopsis, if you like the sound of it, read it

Don’t pick up a book blindly and start reading. Read the synopsis on the back and see if it interests you. If it doesn’t then don’t start reading it, if it does then give it a go. It’s as simple as that.

Plan time to read

I think this one is a big one. You don’t want to start reading 5 minutes before you have to walk out the door to meet some friends. You need to put some time aside and plan that during that time, all you’re going to do is read. Maybe 30 minutes before you go to sleep, pick up your book and read a few chapters. Maybe in your lunch break at work, or one rainy Sunday afternoon.

Planning reading into your schedule at the beginning gives you time to actually read. If you learn to love reading then eventually you won’t need to plan time to read, you’ll naturally just pick up a book whenever you want to read something.

Read the first 3 chapters at one time

Once you have free time to read, then get stuck into your book. Read at least the first 3 chapters before putting the book down. I say this because if you read one chapter and it hasn’t grabbed you, that doesn’t mean the book won’t grab you at all. You just need to read more of the story to get invested in the characters and the world. Sometimes it takes me 25% of the book to actually really get invested in it, you just have to have a little patience.

If you actively make yourself read at least three chapters at one time then you’re on a good starting point to reading the whole book and enjoying it.

Don’t force yourself to read something you know you’re not enjoying

If you start reading a book and you’ve read at least 3+ chapters but you’re not enjoying the book; stop reading it.

You definitely do not have to force yourself to read the book. That’s not the best way to try and learn how to enjoy reading. There’s no one that’s going to judge you for not finishing the book, there’s no one to tell you you HAVE to read the book, and there’s no reason why you can’t put the book down and choose another one.

Don’t feel guilty

If you feel like you’ve given reading a good try and you just haven’t fallen in love with it, then don’t feel guilty.

There are many reasons why people don’t enjoy reading. There’s no life rule that tells you, you HAVE to enjoy reading. If reading simply isn’t for you, then it isn’t for you.

Do you have any tips on how a non-reader could fall in love with reader? Do you have any other tips to help people discover their love for books?

Did you always love reading from the beginning? Do you know someone that originally didn’t like reading but now they love it? How did they fall in love with reading?


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Jordon - Simply Adrift

I'm a mid-20's New Zealander that lives in London, England, mainly so I can travel Europe easily. In my spare time I like to read, watch Netflix, drink coffee, travel & explore new places. You will often find me with my head in the clouds, dreaming up another travel trip. I love meeting new people and making new friends, so don't be shy, pop on over to my social media profiles and say hi!

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12 responses to “How to fall in love with reading

  1. I’ve never seen a post like this before!!! Some of my friends were never readers until they found just one type of book they adore. One will only read Stephen King, another will only read inspirational books another only science books. It really is all about your interests. There’s a book for everyone out there but you don’t have to force it. I think people tend to find their book without looking.
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    • It’s definitely based on a persons interests. I think everyone could love reading if they find a topic that interests them and gets them excited. For me it’s Fiction, fantasy and sci fi. For my brother it’s auto-biographies. I always hope more and more people start finding books they like to read!
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  2. I’ve enjoyed reading as long as I can remember, but this is such an interesting topic! I think graphic novels and audiobooks are currently doing a great job of reaching some otherwise reluctant readers.

    I also firmly believe that there are books out there for everyone; you just have to find them. I read someone else’s blog post recently where they suggested we shouldn’t bug other people about not being readers (which is fair; don’t be obnoxious). But I don’t think asking “Why don’t you read?” is like asking “Why don’t you jog?” It’s like asking “Why don’t you have any sort of active activity at all?” I’d want to encourage my friends to do SOME type of exercise because it’s good for you and there must be one type of exercise they’d enjoy. I think reading is the same way. It would be really great if everyone could do it. (And, honestly, the statistics on how many people, particularly adults, read just ONE book a year are kind of depressing. When people say they don’t read, they usually don’t mean “I don’t read much.” They really mean they do not read at all.)
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    • Oh yeah definitely, graphic novels & audio books are hopefully opening up the option to other people! I haven’t really tried either, but I want to give both a go.

      I completely agree that there is a book for everyone. You’ve just got to find what topic you’re interested in. Good analogy, and you’re right, how can you know you hate reading if you haven’t tried all of the different options, a.k.a tried reading different genres? I guess as adults, if you didn’t like reading as a child, you’re most likely not going to pick up a book. It’s so much easier to watch Netflix, or go to the movies to get entertainment. I would love for more adults to learn to love to read! It’s never too late to fall in love with reading.
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  3. This is a fantastic post, Jordon! I also fell in love with reading as a child, I would make my parents read my favourite Flower Fairy stories to me again and again! I think they can probably still recite them off by heart now! I think it’s absolutely brilliant that although you struggled with reading as a child, your determination carried you through and you fell in love with it! I used to work as a reading assistant at my sixth form and saw so many kids despise reading because it didn’t come naturally to them, so I’m so happy to hear that you ended up with such a big love of reading! I couldn’t agree more about not forcing yourself to finish a book you’re not enjoying, nothing puts you off picking up the next title more! I still enjoy reading smaller books to this day just because I love the accomplished feeling of reaching the end hehe! Fab post, thoroughly enjoyed it!

    Abbey 🌸

    • Ohh I used to read the Flower Fairy stories too! My Nana ended up buying me this massive book with all of the different kinds of flowers and plants, and the fairies of each one.

      That’s so cool you used to help children learn how to read! I hope some of them found a love in it in the end. Reading is my escape from reality, it’s such a fun thing to do.

      I definitely used to hate the assigned reading in school, I feel like that put a lot of kids off reading. I remember I had to read a few books for class, but I thought they were so silly and way too young for me so I kept telling people I hated reading. But then I would pick up a book from the library and I would devour it in a night.

      The accomplished feeling of finishing a book is still something I get too! Usually I’m a fast reader, but in the past year I’ve not read as many books as I usually do because I’ve been way more social etc. So whenever I finish a book, I feel so good about it ha.

      Glad you enjoyed it Abbey 🙂
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  4. Such a good post! I love reading and sometimes I find it really hard to understand why others don’t. As a teacher, I always try to encourage my pupils to pick up a book and it doesn’t really matter what it is. As long as it has letters on a page and is age-appropriate 🙂

    I’ve recently started listening to audio books just because I need more bookish stuff on my commute and cannot read in trains etc. without getting nauseous. But I’m not really sure if I’d count that as reading. It is more of a passive reception, isn’t it? Not that I have anything against audio books. They are great because they allow you to multitask. But I feel like it’s nothing like picking up a book and actually reading the story yourself.

    • I’m glad to hear reading is encouraged! I wish it had been more encouraged when I was a child.

      I’ve never actually listened to an audiobook before! I imagine it would be different because you’re hearing the characters being voiced out loud, rather than imagining how they act and sound, and say that particular sentence. You’re right, it’s not the same as reading a book and getting lost in the pages of the story. But it definitely counts!
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