“Bookworms are the most precious worms in the world when they are humans, feeding upon the paper’s body with their starving minds.” – Munia Khan.
How often do you find yourself lost in the world of books?
For me, it was almost never. I’d rather curl up on the sofa to watch my favorite TV show than read a Nicholas Sparks novel.
I couldn’t really understand the need for reading endless hours or the agony over the death of a fictional character!
I always thought bookworms are queer introverts spending hours reading the endless piles of books in their cozy habitat.
But you know things changed…….
Ironically, I do spend countless hours reading now! And I am well pleased with the fact that I am a bookworm. I am counting the days until I get to read a new book from my favorite author Santa Montefiore or long for lazy weekends to reread my favorite Harry Potter series!
Now let me give you some great tips that helped me read more. These are easy and practical tips to make you a bookworm!
28 tips to help you become a bookworm
- Follow reading groups on Facebook and Instagram – It’s much more interesting these days to discuss a book on social media.
- Buy books during book sales – You save a lot of money and it makes you a bookworm sooner than expected!
- Set the environment for reading – Get cozy! Sit on the couch, with a hot cup of tea or coffee. Or go outdoors in nature.
- Set a reminder for reading – You can set an alarm or it can be an activity! Making tea or sitting on the couch can be a reminder of a book.
- Carry a short book with you – Short books are great while traveling and you can finish reading them quickly
- Surf social media for some inspiration – I found blog posts that talk about reading habits, really interesting and influential articles. Like this one here or a Youtube channel like this.
- Always read first thing in the morning and last thing before bedtime
- Always read the blurb – Blurb is the short description of the book, mostly written on the back of the book.
- Don’t subvocalise while you read – This can make you a slow reader.
- Read about the author – A quick Google research on the author for just a piece of extra information.
- Look for patterns or symbols in the story – This is just an interesting way to engage yourself fully while you read
- Blinkist – The app I highly recommend. It has 15 min of insights from more than 2500 bestselling nonfiction books. You can read or listen.
- Set up a Goodreads account: To make your reading list, this is a great place.
- Read some reviews of books – This can help you decide your next book.
- Get a library membership – Save money, read plenty.
- Set the goal of the year – To motivate you for reading.
- Discard the books you don’t enjoy – Say bye to the books that bore you.
- Don’t daydream while you read – I used to do it a lot, especially if it’s a boring book. That’s why tip 17 is important.
- Try to imagine the scene while you read– I love this especially when it’s the countryside scenery!
- Listen to audiobooks – They are great during busy days! Try LibriVox or lit2go for FREE Audiobooks!
- Write a review of the book – This gives you the satisfaction of reading and a better understanding of the characters!
- Discuss the books with your partner or friends -I discuss some witty remarks of some characters! Trust me it can turn into a regular family joke!
- Watch the movie – It makes you realize how many details you miss if you haven’t read the book.
- Read more books from the same author – Once you read more books from the same author, you began to observe the writing style.
- Try different genres – Humour, romance, drama, chick lit… There are so many out there.
- Read books set in different geographical places – why spend money on traveling if you have a book!
- Read Short books – I love them, sometimes a light read is what you need!
- Translated versions – It gives you a wider perception. You may find the world became a lot smaller.
That was 28 tips for you! I am curious to know your progress!
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Some of the books that I help me become a bookworm
- To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Anne Of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
- A little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- The little teashop lost and found by Trisha Ashley
- The fault in our star by John Green
- Matilda by Roald Dahl
- A place to call home by Carole Mathews
To make it more exciting I have a reading challenge for you.
Time for YOUR action:
I really hope I have encouraged you to read more books. If you tried any of these tips let me know! Leave me a comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your bosom friend.