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How to Develop the Reading Habit


So, here we are again. Yesterday we discussed the benefits of reading and ended by saying that today very few people read. And here we mean read good books, not magazines or tabloids. It’s a pity, because little do these people realize what they’re missing. Reading opens up a whole new world of knowledge. Now let’s not get into this any further since we’ve already discussed the importance of reading in our previous post. Let’s just talk about the habit of reading.

Reading is a habit that must be inculcated at an early age.  But this does not mean that older people cannot get into it. All that is needed is a little resolve and the desire to cultivate the habit.

Here are a few tips that can help:

  • Always have a book around… whether in the bedroom, living room, or even when leaving the house.  This makes it easy to steal a few moments to read.
  • Set reading times… morning, evening, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, anything that suits your schedule.
  • Set goals… how many pages will you read each day – 10, 20, or as many as you can read.
  • Go to a library or bookstore as often as you can… being surrounded by books and just browsing really helps.
  • Join a book club or reading group… listening to people discuss books stirs up the desire to read.
  • Keep a list of the books you want to read… mark off the ones you have read as you go on. Better still, write down what you liked or disliked about the book.
  • Make reading enjoyable… sit in your favorite place of the house in a comfortable chair with your favorite drink in your hand.   
  • Don’t give up… if for some reason you miss a day or two of reading, it’s ok. Begin again.


You may have heard of these tips before. In case you have, take them as a reminder. If not, then write them down so you won’t forget. They say it takes 6 weeks to develop a habit. Let’s see how long it takes you. What do you say? What are your thoughts on this?


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