Imagine walking along a deserted seashore, hiking to the top of mountains, sleeping in a field of flowers, finding love, or chasing after an elusive criminal mind. Works of literature--novels, short stories, poems, and plays--are filled with these many moments. As you read through the pages, discover the pleasure of reading--enjoyment that can last a lifetime.
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- Start Reading!
Even if you know the joys of reading, you may find yourself stuck in the rut of a Tomorrow Reader--that person who puts off reading until tomorrow, always thinking:
- Something will inspire him/her to read
- He/she will read on vacation
- The stacks of books will read themselves
- Or that he/she will feel the urge to read...
- It's Not Always Academic
Sometimes when we are required to read so many books that other people want us to read, we forget that we can still read for ourselves. Reading becomes an exercise in choking down as many pages as possible--while retaining the relevant information for that test or essay.
Then, when we finally have the diploma or the degree (or we move on with our lives), we breathe a huge sigh of relief. Yes, you may need a break from reading... but don't let academia ruin the pleasure of reading forever. Reading is fun. It's just a matter of remembering what you once enjoyed reading. Get back to it!
- Every Shape/Size/Difficulty
Some readers say that they can't enjoy books because "every book is too difficult." But, books come in every shape and size. They can be as simple or as difficult as you want (or need) them to be.
If you want to attempt the joys of reading a difficult book, here are a few tips.
- Make a Connection
Reading allows us a rare opportunity to make connections with the past, present and future. But, that connection to literature and history can also provide pleasure.
- Write About It
In the midst of our busy lives, it's easy to lose track of the basis: plot, characters, your impression of everything... But, your memory doesn't have to be perfect to enjoy a good book. Pick your way through those novels, but also keep a reading log, so you'll remember all the important elements of the book. You can also go back and read your impressions of books.
- Talk About It
Don't just read... Tell others about your reading experiences. Share your reading experience with friends, or start a book club.