A Guide to Reading More and Becoming a Bookworm

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


It's no secret that I read a lot of books and that I'm a huge bookworm at heart. Reading is one of my hobbies, so I will always try to make time for it during the day. A lot of people ask me how I manage to find the time to get through so many books, especially with a large amount of school work and blogging. I thought I'd make this mini-guide, sharing my tips that will help you to read more often, try more books or whatever it takes to help you to become a bookworm.


FIND PARTICULAR GENRES THAT YOU LIKE

The first step to reading more is finding books that you actually find interesting and enjoyable. I highly doubt that you will be motivated to read something that you think is dull and boring, so stay away from these books. Choose books solely based on their genre and description, rather than choosing books that are popular or have good reviews, as you will find yourself picking things that are more suited to yourself. However, it's also good to broaden your horizons and try something completely different once in a while, but most of the books you read should be ones you like.

HAVE A SET TIME AND PLACE TO READ - AND STICK TO IT
One of the hardest parts of being a regular reader is finding the time to dive into a good book and dedicating yourself to it. It's definitely worth testing out different places and times to read and seeing what works best for you, based on your schedule and when you feel the most motivated to read. For me, I like to be comfy, so I do most of my reading in bed, and I usually wait until I'm going to bed as I find that it helps me fall asleep. However, there are many possibilities and it's simply a matter of finding the best one for you.

DOCUMENT ALL OF THE BOOKS YOU READ
I know it might sound silly, but documenting the books that you've read can make you feel a lot more accomplished and ready to read. It's an easy way of showing yourself that you have read a number of books in the past, so you are equally capable of reading some books now. If you don't have many books to go on this list then see it as a challenge and push yourself to change your empty list into a completed document. Writing down what books you've read is also a handy way to see common genres that you read and themes that the books share, which can help when choosing out future books.

GAIN INSPIRATION FROM THE INTERNET AND THE LIBRARY
There are tons of books waiting to be discovered, so if you are willing to dig around for the ideal ones then it will pay off. Spend lots of time in your local library, sifting through their current selection to find books that you like. This is a great way to find lesser-known authors and appreciate their work, and everything is free, meaning you can try out as many books as you like. The Internet is also a helpful tool for finding books and websites like this one will give you recommendations that fit your criteria, meaning you are likely to enjoy any book that they recommend.

THERE'S ALWAYS TIME TO READ - SO FIND IT
One of the main problems that people have with reading is that it can be quite time-consuming and there isn't always a lot of spare time to dedicate yourself to a book, especially if you are busy with school or work. My solution to this would be to find spare minutes in your day to read, as they will quickly add up. Whether you're waiting for a class to start and have some spare time or you're aimlessly browsing your phone, put your time to good use and pick up a book. If you really want to read, then finding time to do so will be a lot easier.

EXPLORE A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT FORMATS OF BOOKS
I've always loved reading proper books and I find that there's something really special about them, but they aren't the only possibility. If you don't like having to hold a heavy book or find that they're impractical to carry with you, there are other formats that might work for you. Electronic books are growing in popularity, and you can easily access them from your Kindle, tablet or phone, making them a lot more portable. Audio books are also very popular and make it possible to read whilst carrying out your daily tasks.

TRY OUT DIFFERENT TYPES OF BOOKS
Fictional novels aren't the only type of books out there, so if you find that they aren't for you then it's not a problem, as there are many other books for you to try. Why not start by taking a look at non-fiction books or even autobiographies? If these still aren't what you're looking for then put in some research to find the ideal books for you. Chances are they will be out there somewhere, and it's just a case of finding them.

REMEMBER THAT READING IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN
At the end of the day, reading is a hobby that you should find enjoyable. It's a personal journey that is unique to you, so don't feel like you have to pressure yourself into picking up a book, or reading a certain title because everyone else likes it. You should do whatever it takes to make sure that reading is fun for you, making sure that no-one comes in the way of this.

If you have any more tips then I'd love to hear them, and I feel as though your advice could benefit anyone who reads this guide. I hope you liked this post and that I've inspired you to read more, as that is my aim and I want people to be able to enjoy books as much as I do. Thank you for reading this post and I have a new one coming on Sunday, so make sure you look out for that!

Love from Daisy x

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  1. I'm a huge bookworm too, I love reading!
    This might sound like a weird question, but what font did you use on the photo for this post? I've been trying to find it for ages and I don't have a clue what it's called!

    Robyn x

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    1. That's great to hear; I love finding other people who love reading as much as I do! And the font is Lilly Belle, you can find it here: http://www.dafont.com/lillybelle.font x

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