Learning To Love Reading

I simply can’t imagine this - that there are people who cannot read. And I’m not referring to analphabetic people, no - I’m talking about people who can’t find the peace in their bodies and minds to grab a book, find a comfortable chair to sink into, and get lost in a world filled with the fantasies of another person. I wouldn’t want to live without it.


Wandering around bookstores for hours - preferably the cute little ones no-one knows about. Gathering an enormous pile of books you’ve never heard of: creative titles, beautiful covers, inspiring writers - only to realize that - after you’ve put the pile down on the ground because your shoulders can’t handle the weight anymore - your wallet won’t be able to handle the price either. Off to the library you go, and another few hours pass.

Many of my free days are spent like this - mornings in a bookstore, evenings in bed with my new treasure. I hate it when I finish reading a good book and know I won’t be able to re-live the thoughts and feelings I had - no more crying, no more laughing-out-loud just because a few words my brain understands - re-reading a book never is the same: I also hate it when I don’t like a book, read it anyway, and realize I could’ve spent that precious time on a book that would’ve given me the feelings I just described. A lot of ‘hate’, but that hate goes with a lot of love. How is it possible that some people simply cannot feel this?

I don’t know. What I do know, is that you can cure it. Peace is something you have to find and I will help you look for it - peace is something you need to have before you’ll be able to read a book - no, experience a book: because there’s a difference. Don’t be distracted - you have to get lost, learn how to get lost in a book without being able to find your way out before you’ve turned the last page. 

Find out what you like
Trying to read a book you don’t necessarily like equals following courses that don’t interest you: the subjects don’t touch you, so you can’t lose yourself in the material. Think about this: what do you like to hear, what do you like to see on TV? Do you like history, love stories - maybe science fiction? Try to find a book that fits into your regular genre of likes, and reading a book - even though it isn’t your favorite activity - will get a lot easier.

Go to a bookshop
Bookshops take me to a magical little world no other shop could ever do - I can see what’s new, what’s old and still loved - what’s in the back and yet to be discovered. Libraries are fun too and I love visiting them as well, but (old) bookshops hold a special place in my heart. It may be that you’re just like me and can’t always afford new, pricy books - but writing down the titles of books you saw in a bookshop and getting them for a small fee in a library is something I’d recommend you to do.

Take your time
The best thing about reading is the feeling it gives you: you’re a completely different person for a few fantastic hours. You do have to take time to do this, though: put on a comfortable outfit (preferably a onesie, hehe), go to a quiet spot where no-one can interrupt you, make a cup of tea, bring your favorite cookies, take a deep breath and allow yourself to be taken to a different universe.

Find others who like reading too
Nothing feels better than to be surrounded by like-minded people. Being able to talk about characters you loved, detested, plot twist you found awful - it’s so much fun and so satisfying as well.

Try something else
You might think you hate poetry, can never get into thrillers, etc.. but maybe you just read the poem or thriller that wasn’t written for you? Try something you didn’t like at first again, and you might find out that you actually do like that genre.

Try audiobooks
This is not really reading, but.. audiobooks are books, too. Download a few books you don’t have time for but want to read anyway - listen to them while cycling, driving, walking - and you’ll find out that it’s more exciting than just listening to music. It will make you feel productive as well. 

Take a book with you
I always carry a book with me - I’m currently reading ‘The Great Gatsby’ and I never leave home without it. (And if I do, I ALWAYS have hours to spare with nothing to do!). Making this a habit will make you read on moments you’d otherwise spend looking at your phone, chatting with friends you’d normally never speak to (hypothetically speaking..) and this is a more productive (and more fun!) of filling up those extra hours.

It’s not obligatory
It’s great that you want to try reading (more) books, but if it’s not for you, it’s just not for you. Reading is great, but some people just prefer movies, series, and just the spoken word in general. Nothing wrong with that! Trying is great, but forcing it will only make it feel mandatory and there’s nothing relaxing about that.

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Reading is great and I couldn't live without it. I hope I helped some non-readers out there appreciate their stack of unread books a bit more. <3


have a beautiful day

23 comments

  1. I love reading. It's one of the joys of life, but I hate that I have been neglecting my reading for other parts of life. These tips are incredibly helpful! I always try bringing a book with me wherever I go, and read instead of staring at my phone! Haha

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  2. Love this article! I read, but not as much as I should. My excuse is that I have to read a truckload of material for my education, and can't find the energy to fill the rest of my spare time with even more reading. Also, I'm very critical when it comes to books. If the writing style doesn't flow with me, I just can't get through it. Taking a book with me is a very good idea though! :)

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  3. What wonderful tips, hope it helps someone out there. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Great tips. I always loved reading. enjoy your weekend.

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  6. this is such a lovely post! you're making me want to pick up a book now!

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  7. This was the most lovely Saturday read, thank you! xx



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  8. ik vind de boeken van santa montefiore heel fijn!

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  9. Lovely post! Reading is so much fun and very important too!

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  10. I can totally relate to this! I absolutely love reading and buying books and just dive into them, forget about my life for a sec and live someone else's problems, and, although I do understand those who don't like reading cause they think it's boring and uncool (which is not!), when I find that someone doesn't like reading it kind of makes me dislike that person a tiny bit (I know it's bad to say this but I can't help it). What I can't understand is when someone doesn't like nor books, nor movies nor tv shows. I mean, how's that even possible?! What do they do in their free time?

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  11. I love reading! It is one of the things that takes my mind off the stuff which worries me. Working full time and having all other bits to deal with leaves such a little time for reading however I do my best to save some time for it. also that smell of the books are just great x

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  12. OMG! Will Grayson Will Grayson is one of my favorite books! The story is great tough confusing at times, and the characters are hilarious! Especially Tiny Cooper! He's my fave! And to reading, it really helps us take away the stress. Aside from the knowledge it gives us, it also takes us to a different world. :)


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  13. It's lovely to come across a fellow bookworm, I feel EXACTLY the same, I can't imagine that there are people who cannot read either. There is nothing more magical than getting lost in a book. It was my favourite pass time as a child, and, although I read less than I did then now, I'm still a book addict. I recently had to move home and, on packing up my things, I discovered that about 80% of my stuff is books! Not easy to carry around in boxes! I LOVE old bookshops and libraries, too, old books have a history and personality to them that is so unique. Lovely post, these are fantastic words for someone who wants to capture the magic and get into, or back into, reading :)

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  14. I remember the exact year when I learned to read for fun. My whole life I saw reading as a chore. It was my junior year in High School that a teacher changed my concept on reading; and I appreciate it so much. I can't imagine still living without being able to grab a book and enjoy it.

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  15. I love this because I've been a big reader for ages and I can't imagine what it's like to not enjoy reading! I just wish I had more time to fit it in :)

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  16. Honestly reading belongs to the most appreciated things in my life and I can't imagine a life without reading. I read as much as possible and wish always I would have even more time for it :)
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  18. I need to try reading more, I am just so busy!

    RedLip&Love

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  19. i find reading so relaxing once in a good book that im enjoying :) thanks for this :) x x

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  20. I love reading but I just don't have much spare time! I really need to find time to sit down and read a good book - maybe during the holidays!

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  21. I completely agree. That feeling when you become so attached to a book that you can get lost in a world of somebody else's problems, thoughts and general life is so precious. I just love all reading! xx
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  22. Thanx for the overview!

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