How to Read More

Truth about the Decline of Reading

Experts often cite the famous survey in 2004 in which it was found that hardly anyone was reading, most people were watching hours of television and too busy or disinterested in reading, and most shockingly the majority or adults hadn't read even one book all year long ~ signaling the end of reading as we know it (http://www.nea.gov/news/news04/readingatrisk.html). There were many articles written and much discusion regarding these depressing statistics on the decline of reading and the horrors of what our society has become.

Yes, it is a tragedy that so many people never read a book and fail to understand or appreciate the pleasures of reading. However, people are reading. They are just reading different things ~ hours of text messages, emails, Facebook postings, blogs, Twitter feeds and more. People are spending more hours online than anywhere else. And, they are reading a lot of that time.

So, pat yourselves on the back. All is not lost. We are all reading. Maybe we would just like to read more and some different material.

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So, You Want to Read More?

Maybe you want to get rid of that big stack of unread books on your coffee table, catch up on the classics, keep your mind in working order or develop some great ideas for stories of your own? Regardless, you have decided you would like to read more.

On your journey, there will be many excuses to not read ~ no time, too much television to watch, too tired, nothing to read, too boring, too hard. . .

Keeping in mind all of the many benefits of reading from broadening your horizons, sharpening your mind and making you a better writer, here are some easy tips on how to accomplish your goal of reading more:

  • Read what you want. You might have an idea of what you should read, such as Classical literature, Shakespeare, or Hemingway. But, if you find these books boring or hard to read, you probably will fail in your endeavors. So, why not read what you want? Love horror, science fiction, fantasy, trashy romance, westerns? Go for it. There are no rules to reading. Read comic books, magazines, or whatever you want. You have total freedom and are in total control.
  • Set a goal. Have a stack of magazines or comic books in the corner of your room? Start with that stack. Set a goal to read them in a month. Set a goal to read 5 books or 50 books this year. Without a goal, you probably won't be motivated. It is okay to set a goal that is low ~ breaking through it will feel awesome. It is okay to set a high goal and see if you can reach it. The important thing is to set a goal.
  • Work at reading Daily. It will be easy to fall out of the priority of reading if you don't attempt to do it daily. You might say that skipping a day is no big deal because you will read double the next day. It is a slippery slope. You are trying develop the practice of being a reader. So, you have to do that ~ practice. You will get further and further behind each day if you let days go bay with no reading. Set a goal to read 40 or 50 pages a day. Even if you only read 10 pages on one day, you still have accomplished your goal of reading more. Anything that you want to get better at or achieve, you have to work at on a daily basis.
  • Bring your reading material with you. There are many times of the day where you have to wait on someone or something to happen. These are the perfect moments for reading. You can read while you are waiting on the bus, at the doctor's office, in line at the bank, when you on hold on the phone, at lunch, or waiting for a meeting to start. So, bring your reading material with you and have it on you to pull out when you have a spare moment.
  • No money, you can still read. There are many ways to get reading material without spending a dime. Go to the library or trade books with friends. People give away free books all the time. I have found some really good books just in a random box marked FREE on the side of the road. Just ask around.

Don't Give Up

Give yourself a few pages to see if a book is to your liking ~ sometimes a good book takes a while to hook you in. Try several different genres to see what are your favorites and holds your attention. Keep an open mind on what might interest you. Get recommendations from others on what they like to read.

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point2make 3 years ago

I have two stacks of books waiting for me. I have been very busy this past year and my reading time has suffered. This year I am determined to set aside more quality time to enjoy my books again. Good hub...voted up.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thanks for reading @point2make. Good luck on getting back into your reading.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Great hub. I do not read as much as i used to since joining HP..I read so many hubs, keeps me busy...


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Reading hubs counts @always exploring. I need to read more hubs myself.


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vibesites 3 years ago from United States

You're right, goals, goals and goals... they're the prime motivators for anything else! I would allot some quality time exclusively devoted to reading -- on weekends particularly. I miss reading books too. Up and useful. :)


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thanks @vibesites.


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I used to read a lot before joining Hubpages, and I never went to sleep bofore reading for half an hour or so first. It is a habit I have been thinking about starting again lately so perhaps this is the nudge I needed.

Thank you


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thanks for commenting @Rosemay50, good luck on getting back into it.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I follow you tip on taking your reading with you, especially to places where I know I am going to have a lot of waiting times. It is a great way to use time but also helps to relax my mind.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

I do that just yesterday, while I was waiting for a meeting to start.


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Oh I couldn't do without my books.. I love them.. I love to hold them,.. they are so valuable .. I love to read.

blessings


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Books are great friends. Thanks for stopping by Deborah.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

They always say a good writer is a better reader first. And I tend to agree, I do try and read as much as possible, I always have a book on the go, but also we read loads on here too, and I have learned so much reading hubs it even amazes me! lol!


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Gypsy48 3 years ago

I love my books. I don't read as much as I use to. Though I definitely need to make more time for reading. I have a stack of books waiting to be read.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thanks for the comments Nell Rose and Gypsy48.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

I love to read and have many books...some were even my grandfather's books. I have to admit that since joining HP and reading all of the many wonderful hubs, my reading of books has taken a back seat. As long as I have my eyesight, I will always love reading and still read the occasional book. Up and useful votes.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thanks for the vote up Peggy W.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Reading more is definitely not my problem. I read, on average, two books a week. My problem is finding time to do other things. :) I'm all for any hub that encourages and helps others to read more. Well done.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Two books a week is impressive.


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Kamalesh050 3 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

Excellent hub. Voted Up & Awesome.

Best Wishes, Kamalesh


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Mr Archer 3 years ago from Missouri

I am a reader; have been for approaching 50 years now. Rarely does a day go by without my flipping through a few pages or so. But my family, well that's another matter. Our oldest reads, but no one else hardly picks up a book at all. I've tried, but I just cannot get them into it. Even the recent Hunger Games movie couldn't get them going. I picked up all three books, read them in about two weeks, then tried to inspire. Nope.

A location I have found a good selection of free books is our local recycling center. People bring in books they no longer want or need and there is a shelf for them to be set on. I've found some really great books there, including some first editions of some classic books! This was a great hub, and stirs those of us who read to try to encourage others to read.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

One of the best books I ever read was a book I randomly found on the side of the road in a box marked "free." Keep on trying to inspire others who don't read. They really do not know what they are missing. Thanks for reading my hub and your thoughtful comments.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Reading is the best if it is your choice and when one really wants to read a book from start to finish


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Sure is DDE. I know that sometimes when one is assigned required reading it can make reading a drag.


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok

Hi truthfornow! Thanks for this hub. It's been a while since I held a real book. The last one I read was The Flexitarian Diet. I spend most of my times writing. So little time to read hard-bound materials. Voted up and sharing.

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