“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” — W. Somerset Maugham
What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2012? Why not cultivate the habit of reading?
Here are some tips to help you get started:
- Have a few set times every day to read for 5-10 minutes.
- Always carry a book or magazine or an ereader with you. If you end up waiting somewhere, reading is a great way to pass the time.
- Keep a list of the books you want to read.
- Find a quiet, comfortable place where you can read without interruption. Make it a pleasure for yourself.
- Reduce your TV/Internet time. Step away from the screens!
- Read out loud — to your kids, to your partner, to someone in the hospital or a nursing home.
- Keep a log or journal. Write down what you read (author & title), when you read it, and what you thought about it.
- Talk to others! Tell them about what you’re reading. Ask about what they’re reading. Join a book club and go to book discussions like BookTalk at BSC.
- Visit your favorite library every week! Go to used book shops and used book sales and bookstores.
- Read things you like and also challenge yourself by trying something new.
- Aim high (50 books this year?) and set out to do your best to accomplish that goal.