To read all the books in the world could be a task impossible. Yet, to make the most of your time on this planet, reading books that are helpful to you is something that is quiet possible. It isn’t a golden rule that you HAVE to have read the classics, or the book that everyone is talking about. Reading is all about indulging a little time for self and that means, reading what makes you happy and content. Also, there can be a few ways you can improve your reading skills and give your brain a treat.
2. To better your skills as a ‘professional reader’ (sadly, not a real job), read books that are more suited your level and slowly ease up the ladder of difficulty. Do not suddenly force yourself into very complicated books and dissuade yourself. Build it up.
3. It is always suggested to read the book BEFORE you watch the film. It is a more engaging and imaginative experience. Plus, you get to enjoy the entire novel without the movie directors shredding it to pieces. Also, you get to trouble the person sitting next to you by repeatedly saying ‘That is not how it was in the book’! It’s a win-win situation.
4. When reading a novel, don’t just glance through it. Try to immerse yourself in the book and live the story. In depth reading has proved to be a very good mind exerciser. If a particular topic seems interesting to you, try to read more books related to it. Similarly, if you like an author’s work, try to read most of his works.
5. Reading ‘good work’ doesn’t mean that you have to ready heavy and complicated works of literature. You should read whatever gives pleasure to you and comforts you. Do not fret much about what you read. As long as it makes sense, it’s not an issue.
6. Remember that speed reading is an optional skill. You do not have to prove anything to anyone by finishing a book in a day. If you cannot remember what you have read, what would be the use of reading that paperback? Read at your own speed.
7. Read. Read as much as you can, whenever you can, whatever you can. Reading is the key to an improvement in yourself as a reader. It will help expand control over your language, make your vocabulary stronger and even give you a confidence boost to converse on different topics. Reading makes you a better conversationalist.