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Habits to Make You a Better Reader

No matter why you read, there is always a nagging voice at the back of your mind that tells you to become a better reader. And simply reading every day is not enough.

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First things first, drop the book if you don't enjoy it. Normalise abandoning a book and not feeling guilty about it – it is no sin. Instead of torturing yourself with a bad book, use the time to find a better read. Bad books kill time and keep you from discovering the richness of the literary world.

But when should you quit a book? Basically, whenever reading becomes a chore and you'd pretty much rather do anything but face that book. That being said, it doesn't mean once you drop it, you can never go back. Maybe you feel bad about not liking the classic everyone raves about. You may not understand a book the first time; give the author the benefit of the doubt. And if things still don't work out, there's something called the "rule of 50" where you read the first 50 pages before you decide to give up or commit.

BE FUSSY WITH SELF-HELP BOOKS

Your time is valuable; read selectively. Many self-help books are regurgitating the same facts and notions. Why not skip to Chapter 10 (which is why you bought the book) instead of dragging yourself through the entire title? Better yet, find the book summary on the web; cover three hundred pages under 15 minutes (obviously only for self-help books).

ONE IS TOO FEW

Read more than one book at a time, preferably two or three. It gives you a break from the scene and by the time you return to a book, you'll feel more absorbed. Perhaps this could get you through a book you thought you'd never finish. Make sure to form a balance between the heavy reads with light ones and select the genres comfortably. This way you can read more books, too!

THE RIGHT BOOK WILL CLICK

A series of bad books can potentially drive you away from a worthwhile hobby, especially for a beginner. Don't just grab the closest book you find. Look for recommendations online. Follow your favourite celebrity's reading list. Talk about books. Ask your friends for suggestions. If you're at the shop, make a go at the first 5 pages or so before you thump it on the cash counter.

YOU'RE NEVER TOO BUSY TO READ

Make use of the "hidden hours" in a day. On an average day, there are many instances where you can squeeze in some reading. Think of your daily commute and waiting queues. You'd be surprised at how much reading you can get done during breakfast every day. Besides, the hours unnecessarily spent on social media and such can find a new use. It is not about finding the time to read but rather creating the time for it.

Carry a book in your bag or phone. Set some reading goals and track your reading habits. Sooner or later, you will find your niche and the authors that cater to your tastes given that you persist in the pursuit.   

Hiya loves food that you hate by norm – broccoli, pineapple pizza and Bounty bars. Find her at hiyaislam.11@gmail.com

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